The Lola Diaries: Taking Care of Your Parents at Home

Taking Care of Your Parents at Home

When my husband Romie and I decided to be his mother’s caregivers — she would live with us and we’d take care of her every need — we never realized how much it would change our lives … lots of ups and downs. And patience. To watch someone you love slowly lose grasp of the little things the rest of us find so simple to do, like feeding yourself, is not easy and almost heart-breaking. Her name is Pacita, but she’s known as Lola to her many grandchildren and their children. This is Lola’s diary…

Romie is the youngest of nine siblings (one sibling after him died at birth). He has such a huge nurturing heart, and much of that has to do with his faith; his bible is always in his hands every morning when he wakes up. Each Sunday, he gets Lola ready for church and this can get challenging when she tends to move slower on Sundays (haha!). Sometimes, before he even gets a chance to get himself ready, our young niece Kaylee is with us on the weekends so he’s getting her ready, too … Yeah, all this commotion happens while I sleep in. (I felt like I needed to confess that!)

The Lola Diaries - taking care of your parents at home