28 years old. I work as a freelance stagehand and audio/video installation tech, neither of which are currently in huge demand so work isn't pouring my way. In regards to my dad, he isn't crippled (technically), but he is considered disabled. It's not so much that it's being a caregiver, but more like he can't simply maintain his own standard of life on his own easily. It's things like buying groceries, cleaning up, and maintaining his "job" as neighborhood handyman (I should mention my father and I work together as A/V installers) that I have to be there for. He can feed himself and cook for himself, but his condition.has made it difficult to do anything physical for more than a few hours a day. His issues are also degenerative so unless someone can come up with miracle cures for diabetes, old age, and physical deterioration of body parts, it's only gonna get harder. Diabetes and the associated diabetic neuropathy has really destroyed alot of his ability, and though he has addressed it and now has it under control the damage is done.
To be quite honest, he's a bit of a medical enigma. His level of diabetes was considered pretty bad, but he doesn't need insulin. Though his doctor said he oughta be cripple by now, he can still walk (lumber is more adequate) for all intents and purposes. He recently had to have stents placed due to hardened arteries, but the doctor told him his heart was actually quite strong for all the crappy lifestyle choices and negative factors he's faced. I still giggle about how when he went in for gallbladder surgery (which nearly killed him due his gallbladder being....well shit), he came out of his anesthesic almost fully lucid and aware of what was going on....while they were stitching him up. He's a stubborn brute for sure, but that's part of where the fear comes in. The idea of him being left alone and god forbid he lost his footing and could not get himself back up, I'm sadly certain no one would even come to find him. It's possible I am just using him as an excuse to continue being a 28 year old kid, but I know how I feel.