Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Hamster Wheel

Do you ever feel like life is a hamster wheel from which you can’t get off…

A Mom whose dementia is so advanced my Father must tell her which of her children are standing before her. In need of constant care she can no longer distinguish between day and night or what she said two minutes earlier.

My doggie who is 15+ years now that is being pricked and prodded by the vet trying to find the cause for relentless scratching and chewing. With an owner that loves her hoping for a solution but knowing that the tests and the bill that follows is more for the vet’s bottom line than the dog…

The emotional struggles are inevitable and as selfish as it sounds Dear God if you can hear me please take them swiftly and without pain… Then perhaps the hamster wheel will slow down...


  1. Susan, I've been there with the dog ( and that one may be the one that positive progress can be made on), and the Mom is not quite that advanced ....yet. Hugs and prayers heading your way.

  2. Oh Susan, I'm so terribly sorry for all you're going through. My own mum is just starting with dementia, it's something which runs through the family, so I know where we're heading with that, and though Archie is still a fairly young dog, I know how dreadfully upset I'll be when anything does happen to him. It's one of those things, isn't it? We love so deeply that there's bound to be heartbreak at some point. Sending you lots of hugs xx

  3. I am so sorry you are going through this difficult time, Susan. My Dad is showing signs of dementia as well. I don't think it is selfish to pray for their peace and comfort.
    I'm sending love your way,
    ~ Lin

  4. Dear Susan - I am so sorry to read about this hard time. You and I are traveling the same path right now. Please know that I am thinking of you and sending a prayer for you.

  5. It is always so stressful when that hamster is running on that wheel. I am sure sorry about what you are going through. It's never easy. Wishing you a warm Christmas full of Peace dear Susan.
    xo Catherine

  6. Hope things all work out for the best, whichever way they occur! They usually do! Christmas love and peace being sent your way! Ros

  7. Oh dear Susan, I am so sorry about your mother. That would be so hard. I pray that your family will be blessed through this.
    You will be in my thoughts my dear. I'm not sure how I will handle this if and when my mom is there.

    Your dear little pup is too precious and I hope that she will find some relief from all the scratching.

    sending Christmas hugs...

  8. A belated response Susan this post seems to have slipped through the net. So sorry to hear about your Mother it must be heartbreaking to see someone you love deteriorate like that - my thoughts are with you.