I just went back a bit in this thread. Echo, I'm so sorry you're going through basically what sounds like hell and just wanted to say wow, you have a lot of gratitude. I wish you the best. I wish I knew advice for you but, I don't. I'm sure someone will. All the best to you.
Thanks for the posts after I wrote about my father. I am on a crappy computer too slow to go back and highlight the names. I appreciate the kind words.
My brother was very grateful and had a good time (even though the Pats lost)
I told him I'd do it a little more often. That is all I could offer him though. He has an option to hire help and chooses not to so that is up to him.
It's after 5 pm and I haven't slept. My father was really difficult to take care of. I'm use to him in the day time. Whoever said that about Dad2....great idea. I see glimpses of him here and there but, he's going downhill fast. And I will find a support group as I'm burning my friends out with this. There is always good in something bad I guess. My brother needed to get away. And, he really appreciated it. I guess we have to try and find gratitude in adversity.
Echo, my prayers go out to you. You've got a great attitude.