I'm in my 6th day of taking care of my Grandma while my parents are out of town. I've got husband taking care of her this morning so that I can be here at work. It's a nice break. There is no one big thing about Grandma that is hard. It's the constant drip, drip, drip of little things that are driving me nuts! She's so much like a little toddler in that she needs constant attention, she wants everything her way and everything 5 minutes ago. And she is Snarky to me! To husband, she's sweet and kind and it's all "please" and "thank you"... for me - SNARKY!!! (that is the kindest word I can find) I'm constantly getting snapped at. And she can give lessons to difficult children on how to Sigh when not getting her way. Just because I don't want to spend a couple of hours at a bar everyday, you'd think I was being cruel. It's not helping that I'm getting very sleep deprived. My house is next to a highway. It drowns out all noise. My Mom's house is in the woods and is so quiet it disturbs my sleep. Not to mention her dog and my 2 dogs snoring, playing musical dog beds all night or the multiple potty breaks that they want all night long. Or the barking because a deer, coyote, fox, rabbit, squirrel, et... walked by the house. And if I lock them out of the bedroom, they bark, howl, scratch up the walls/doors and just carry on all night. I don't think I've slept longer than 2 hours at any one time all week. I'm getting worn down with Grandma's greedy selfishness and Grandpa R's impatience. The first day my parents were gone, R decided that he needs a walker like Grandma's, just bigger, and he needed it NOW! Well, I don't have a clue about his medical paper work or the rules at the nursing home. So I told him that he had to wait until my Dad got home to take care of it. Well, he demanded that I bring Grandma's over until Dad gets home. No problem, Grandma refuses to use hers. Grandma threw a royal fit because it was hers!! And every single day THIS is an issue between both of them. Why doesn't R have is new walker yet??!!! Why is he using Grandma's??!! That is just one of the little things..... She's decided that she has to have a new purse and she won't stop demanding we go shopping. So tomorrow, I'm taking her purse shopping. Told her that is all she gets to shop for. If she wants to look at clothes, she has to clean out her closet. The closet she has is 9' wide and so packed that you can't push the clothes far enough apart to let a gnat fly through. She's having a fit! She says she needs all those clothes and New clothes too. She wears the same outfit over and over until you steal it out of her room to put it in the laundry. But it's not enough. But if I get her new clothes and she/I can't fit it in the closet, she'll have a fit. And she's having a daily fit because her clothes are getting wrinkled. I feel petty for letting her wear me down (and having to vent). I survived difficult children after all. I should be able to survive my Grandma. Uhg..... Wouldn't be so bad but, my parents have THREE more trips this year. Uhg! Thanks for letting me vent a little.