Monday, December 31, 2007

3 goals, just 3 seemingly impossible goals

More visits from friends over the holidays. Our long-term friends give me the benefit of the doubt and want to have a conversation with me about where H is at. Those who see H regularly are very worried about him and see what I see. Those who don't are wondering WTF?

And so I am bringing some of them up to speed with my 3 goals and let's be realistic, he's dying…slowly. Yup, new meds…who knows how long. Been here before…death's doorstep and then a magic recovery. I will believe it when I see it.

My three goals are to do the best I can to ensure:

- His well being, so that he gets the medical and mental health care that he needs (as well as the practical things, like food and shelter)
-My well being, so that I can work and be emotionally more stable that I've been (maybe even find a way to enjoy life again)
-The well being of our relationship (I am rapidly giving up that there is any hope here at all and it breaks my heart)

I don't see how to solve the equation for all three goals here. Solving for one of these is hard enough. Right now, I can't seem to figure out how to address any of these.

In any case, it is just more of the same: more drama, more drama and I don't get a benefit from it. And it's all drama that gets in the way of me doing what I need to do so that my life works for me.

Issues about H consume my life (there is so much to do and so little payback), my emotional energy, and dare I say even my well being. My choices are to try to minimize what it costs me (in some way that I don't understand) while he is still here, get him placed (hope waning now), divorce him or him me, or just disappear, which seems remarkably appealing at this moment.

Regardless of how this plays out, I do know that I am done having this cost me so much, but I don't know what to do about that. I wish that I could just make it stop.

1 comment:

Robert said...

In the UK, it is possible for a carer to get assistance in their own home. Once a budget is agreed, it is possible to choose the hours that assistance is given.

Does H's medical insurance have any facilities like this?

Otherwise you're going to have to get him cared for outside your home asap...or you will increasingly resent his being there & it will destroy your relationship and sour HIS last days (weeks/months/years) - which might give you guilt issues in the future.

I can see that 2008 is going to be a year of change for you. I hope the change is beneficial.