My mother-in-law has some mental issues that are getting worse as she gets older.
I remember the kind, gentle woman she was when my husband and I got married, but that has all changed over the past thirty years.
Now she is mean and has no patience. I got home from work the other day, and my wife was in tears. He mother had gotten angry because she could see the dial on the thermostat and ripped it off the walked. She tore three fingernails and was angry at my wife for not helping her. My wife was crying, and I didn’t know what to do for her. I had a new thermostat in the basement, that I had planned on putting in my mother-in-laws room. It had a large readout, and it was digital instead of a dial. I replaced the old thermostat with the new one, and went to my wife to see if she was okay. She was sitting with her mom who was crying and saying how sorry she was for breaking the thermostat. That night, my wife and I had a long chat. She had broken the thermostat today, but we had found her downstairs wandering around looking for the furnace. My wife told me her dad was an HVAC technician, and she was always looking for him. She wanted to tell him about the thermostat and have him repair it. We were both so upset over mom’s rapidly changing demeanor, that my wife thought it would soon be time to put her in a constant care unit.