Difficult Nights

by Melissa

One of the most difficult things I have found in caregiving for my mother who has end-stage heart and renal disease is the fact that she is unable to sleep through the night.

My husband and I take turns not sleeping every other night so that we are available to help her when she needs to use the restroom. This occurs sometimes every hour throughout the night.

There are good nights and bad nights.

It takes a lot of patience and fortitude. During the day we have a wonderful caregiver who helps out from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. After she leaves my husband and I take it from there.

The nights can sometimes be more difficult than the days. I am so lucky that my husband is as committed to helping care for mom as I am.

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