Friday, February 2, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1451 That Was Me (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 3, 2018

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Monologue Mania Day # 1451 That Was Me (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 3, 2018  

                              That Was Me
                                        (for Caregivers Anonymous)
                            A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © all rights reserved                                                                                    

     (Younger woman comes forward, looks at the wheelchair, shakes her head)

So tell me again why you were late?

You were..(disdain)  taking care of someone?


I mean okay it takes a little time, but you are an adult, you can manage your time, can't you?  You just have to get up a few minutes earlier, that's all!

I take care of people, too, and you don't see me waltzing in here late, do you?

Yeah, I have two don't tell me your sob story's the deal, if you're late again, you can just consider it early retirement and it's like a gift.....this way you'll be able to take care of your parents ALL the time!  A vacation from work!

        (Leans her head back and screams)


I said those things, more than once!  God forgive me, I meant them, too!

And then.....just when my kids went off to college and my house was empty, it happened.

My mother fell down, and my father had a heart attack.

The Daily Double!  And suddenly, I was the caregiver.  Only child, with lots of too much attention when I was little, followed by now, too much attention that I have to give.

I had to quit my job, because I became the person coming in late.  Coming in exhausted, because when I took my own brilliant advice and  tried to get up 15 minutes earlier at 5:30 am, it started bumping into....when I was going to sleep!

So here I am, at a support group, because I told my doctor I was thinking about self medicating - oh, no, not drinking, but taking all the meds that my parents have to take and swallowing them at once, with a whiskey chaser!

And my doctor thought this group was a better idea......

          (Turns to sit down, stops, looks back), is it better here?  Or just bitter like me?

          (She sits.  Lights down)


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