By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
We know that as a caregiver you experience moments with your loved one that make you laugh, cry and sometimes even embarrass you. Who better to share those amazing moments with than other caregivers! That’s why we created the Breath of Fresh Air board, a place where you can share these stories with other caregivers to provide inspiration and brighten each other’s days.
Since last year, AgingCare.com has received hundreds of stories from caregivers all over and as our team read each one, we laughed and cried with you. We put together our favorites for you to read, so be prepared to laugh…and grab a tissue.
Top Funny Stories
1. My Dad has a CNA come twice a week to assist him with his bath. I mentioned to him yesterday that he should get her something for Christmas. He told me to pick her up one of those things that you “rub and it grows”. After a few questions I discovered he meant a Chia Pet.
2. Mom is 91-years-old and suffers from Alzheimer’s. She also has a distended abdomen from a haital hernia, misshapen feet from having worn ill-fitting shoes and has had a mastectomy. She could also lose a few pounds. Recently, I overheard her tell her aide while bathing, “Don’t be jealous of my body.”
3. One night at the dinner table, my father (who has dementia) asked my husband and I if we are married. After we told him we were, he started singing, “All I want for Christmas is my mem-or-ree!” I’m glad dad can laugh about this!
4. My father has had a couple of strokes and has trouble with finding and interchanging words a lot. One day, we got in the car to go shopping and he started yelling to stop the car. I asked “why” and he told me he left his balls at home. He was speaking about his wallet. So now it is a joke when we leave the house we ask if him if he has his balls. This is only one of many funnies.
5. Something cute. I came home yesterday from work and Mom came out to the kitchen to greet me. I said, “Mom, you have on my sweat pants!” We each have a pair of soft, comfy pea green sweats. Hers are a size 14 and mine are a few sizes bigger! She says, “I thought I had lost a lot of weight!” Then she pulls up her shirt to show me she had them pinned to her bra to keep them up! We had a good laugh!
Top 25 Caregiver Stories of 2010 originally appeared on AgingCare.com.