- Feb 7, 2007
Hello. My mother n law who is 62 was diagnosed with ALS in August of 2006. My husband who is 36 moved in with her in early November. He is still able to work full time because of the help of hospice and his aunt who stays with his mother during the day through the week. I also work full time and my parents are not in good health also so I try to do all I can for my mother n law and husband. This disease is progressing so fast with her. She lost her speech first and has almost lost all mobility in her arms and legs. I am worried for my husband. He is getting tired. ( I see it ) Mentally and physically. We have a few family members and friends who have offered to help stay with her to give him a break but he will not do it. Not for one night. He says he just wouldn't want anyone else to care for her for the fear of them not knowing what to do. I try to tell him he has got to get some rest and that he has to take care of himself also. He is stubborn and wants to do it all on his own. My husband has only had his mother. He has no father and no siblings. He has of course myself, my family, and his aunt. Somedays he feels guilty because he has thoughts of wanting it to just be over and sometimes feels angry. I let him know those feelings are normal. Does anyone have any suggestions for me to help my husband get through this? Thanks so much!