Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1434 My Caregiving Vacation by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 17, 2018

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Monologue Mania Day # 1434 My Caregiving Vacation  by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 17, 2018   
                                   My Caregiving Vacation 
                                       A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                             ©  all rights reserved
       (The actor comes forward)

I know you know all this, but thanks for letting me talk........you remember, I take care of more than one person.  And help with others.  So I am busy.  My mother is on the other side of the country, and although my sisters live near her, and they keep an eye...of sorts.....they are getting older, too, and driving 6 hours is not as easy as when you're 35 or 45.....or even 55.

So, I get to fly back and stay with Mom for a week or two every couple of months.  See what the caregivers are doing.  They are nice - a mother and daughter team.  24 hrs a day.  Luckily my father had the wisdom to get very good long-term care insurance, so they ar nicely paid.  I don't get paid, but I have a secret...oh, please don't tell anyone!

        (Looks around, furtive)

When I go back, I feel like I'm on vacation!  God forgive me, but I don't have to take care of my disabled husband for a couple of weeks - and when I am there, I don't have to cook, they do it!  I give them a few days off together, but I order in EVERYTHING!  And I take my mom on little trips, and she may not remember them, and I may have to go into the bathroom with her so she doesn't stay there for hours, but, it is like a VACATION!

Is that wrong?  Everyone tells me how wonderful I am to do this, and I never argue - but would they think the same of me if I told them?  Do I care?

        (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

That's why, I'm talking to you, because  you are sleeping......and, even if you were awake... you can't remember anything anymore my friend....

        (Exits to time never really off)

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