Caregiving

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We made a vow; we promised in sickness and in health, we would stay with our partner for life. We love our child no matter what. They are a part of us and have stolen our hearts. BUT—
Some days are hard. Some days are lonely. Some days are beyond what we think we can give, and still, we must confer.
There are many facets of caregiving. Caring for a physically ailing spouse or friend looks much different than caring for an aging parent or someone with dementia. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is much different than caring for a special needs child. There are many books you can obtain from libraries or booksellers. This will be a blog about caring for the caregiver.
Don’t lose yourself in the process!

I Want Sleep!

There is nothing new about the fact that we need sleep to function at our best. It’s not news that caring for someone, whether that be a sick or disabled child, an aging spouse, or a parent, getting enough sleep is difficult. Without adequate sleep, a caregiver’s...

Reframing Your Art of Life

I was a caregiver for ten years for my husband. He had diabetes and lost much of his sight due to this disease. He had a toe amputated and eventually started on dialysis and then a brain aneurysm and heart problems. Grief was at our heels the whole time. First was a...

Dementia, Part 2

Dementia can feel like being in a foreign land with people barking orders in a different language. It is frightening and confusing. How comforting it is when we feel frightened or confused to have a best friend come alongside us. Caregivers get to be that best friend....

Dealing with Dementia

I have cared for people with dementia, but as a nurse, not a relative or spouse. I saw the heartache and frustration of those who loved someone with dementia, but I cannot address it personally. I know that we need to be clinical, not emotional, or overcome by the...

Caring for yourself

There are some common feelings that caregivers experience. You know them personally if you are a caregiver or even if you are facing the possibility. They are guilt, inadequacy, and the "ick" factor. Some caregiving moments can be gratifying, and it's okay to wish...

Just Breathe

"Just breathe!" Two words with a lot of meaning, especially If you are feeling stressed or overcommitted. As a caregiver, do you remember when you didn't feel stress or overcommitted? Taking deep breaths has more value for your life and mental health than we may...

Planning Together

Caregiving is a lot of responsibility.  "Stronger together" is a reminder that you are not alone and should not expect to be a lone wolf caregiver. The best time to recruit help is in the planning stage. Once you are doing so much on your own, you forget that there is...

Spring Caregiving

March is here, and we are getting excited about the prospect of spring. As caregivers, it means we can get away from the mundane for a walk in nature. We can breathe some fresh air and get some fresh perspective. We may even love the idea of getting our hands in the...

Caregiving Plan

The best place to start is with a plan, no matter what we are doing. Objectives and goals can keep us on target and ease some of the unforeseen problems that will arise. But how do you make plans when you are about to embark on something you have never done before and...