how to juggle helping your mom with cancer AND help myself?

marc24 Member Posts: 92
edited March 2014 in Caregivers #1
I nvr realized there was a "Caregivers" section question is my mom has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer with liver mets....onc said 6 mo to 20 months, i refuse to believe this....its been 4 months and i dont like to count months, but its getting harder and harder to take care of myself during this ordeal. I am losing friends, im losing my focus at work, and im losing my basic "want" on things i used to enjoy. I basically self diagnosed myself with depression. I am very depressed, but i am also rational enough to think of how to get out of it....what do u normally do during days when u see your mom in pain but there is nothing u can do, like how on earth can u block that out? since im no doctor, its not pain that ER is necessary, just the "normal" pains cancer patients have....i see my mom make pain expressions and it breaks my on earth can i deal with this???


  • SonSon
    SonSon Member Posts: 174
    Well, there is a lot of medicine for pain and there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking pain medicine.
    May make her more sleepy. But at least comfortable.
    Talk to her doctor about an effective pain management plan.
    My mil has one pain medicine that lasts about 12 hours and then another one for "breakthrough" pain (can be taken every 4 hours).