We intended to talk about G-J’s plan for her summer and to take a look back at the past year for her. As we began to speak about her plans for the summer, we moved into another discussion: Managing life when a illness or diagnosis can make every day different.
G-J spoke about the great day Steve had on Monday. And, then he had a really hard day yesterday. The good days can trick because they seem to indicate all is okay. The bad days can upset because they’re the reality check that hits the heart.
G-J talked about the most difficult impact of his diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI): Knowing he can’t return to a job he absolutely loved. When he asks about returning to work, G-J finds herself in the position of being the bearer of bad news.
Because every day can be different, G-J plans options for their day so that they do when Steve feels up to it. If he’s having a hard day, they can adjust to accommodate what he needs.
So… I wonder: How do you manage life when every day can be different because of your caree’s illness? Please share your thoughts and insights in our comments section, below. One of our commentors will receive an autographed copy of Good Morning! Sunny Reflections to Start Your Day. (And, congrats to Debbie, who won an autographed copy of Good Morning for sharing what it’s like for her with family.)
(And, Happy Birthday to Bette!)
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