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  • Terri posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 1 week, 4 days ago

    Hi everyone! I am caregiver for my 72 year old mother. I am frustrated because technically, there is nothing wrong with her right now. She finished up her chemo a year ago and all her scans have come back no cancer. She seems to be developing dementia or alzheimers, but she won’t get tested…..I am not well myself fighting with her to get her…[Read more]

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  • Sue posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 3 weeks ago

    Things are rapidly going downhill with my husband’s condition the last 3 weeks. He has almost stopped eating and is more and more confused. We have Hospice helping now and they are wonderful.

    After a very stressful 3 days I found myself experiencing discomfort in my chest and shoulder on the left side. Decided to play it safe and went to the…[Read more]

    • Thanks for the reminder, Sue. I know I need to take care of myself, but I don’t always do it.

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  • MimbyNYC posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    It’s Sunday night and I’m looking through the tasks for next week. I categorize them as My Life, Mom/Aunt/Other, Work. I try to only schedule 3 things each day, otherwise I get totally overwhelmed.

    • That is such a great idea! Your list is organized and doable. It gives you structure while also helping you feel productive.

  • Hussy posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    @lloyd welcome to the site. You are a caregiver to three and still have time to run a b&b/restaurant/farm? You must tell us your time management secrets! I hope you find this site as useful as I do — great group of people who “get it.” I look forward to getting to know you.

  • ee2000 joined the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    • Hi ee2000 — I am sorry about your mother’s cancer diagnosis. If and when you feel up to it, tell us a little bit more about your mom’s situation. What kind of cancer and what kind of chemo? Is she working or at home? My husband has pancreatic cancer and is unable to work. We’re gearing up for his next course of chemo, Gemzar and Abraxane…[Read more]

      • Thank you. My mom has stage 4 neuroendocrine colon carcinoma. They were able to remove the cancer from her colon, she now just has three spots on her liver.

        She starts chemo soon, don’t know which cocktail or medicines, she gets her port Friday. I do know it’s three days then a month off and another round and so fourth.

        So much has…[Read more]

        • Hussy replied 4 weeks ago

          I’m glad your mother was a candidate for surgery. My mother died of colon cancer five years ago. She hated going to the doctor and delayed dealing with her symptoms until it was too late. My father was understandably angry, but he faithfully cared for her until the end.
          A “mess” is the operative word around here as well. So much to be done;…[Read more]

          • It helped they had no clue at that time what was wrong with her. They knew she had something blocking her colon from the colonoscopy.

            They basically did the surgery blind, they knew the location of the blockage just not what it was, turned out it was a tumor the size of a tennis ball and it was cancerous.

            To be honest, I am not sure if…[Read more]

  • Lori posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    Thank you for letting me join the group My life has been very stressful lately with the passing of my mother in July and the same day my mother passed my father fell and broke his hip and eventully had hip surgery and before the surgery was done he had pneuomia in both lungs He is now home needing around the clock care so my life has been very stressful

    • Linda — welcome to the site. I can understand the feeling of want to cry all the time. You need time to grieve and yet you have the relentless pressure of caring for your father. Hopefully your father’s recovery will proceed smoothly. But you are right — all you can do is take it one day at a time. I hope you will feel comfortable venting…[Read more]

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  • barb posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 1 month ago

    Hello, I am new to this website and was exploring the 6 Stages of Caregiving: Freshman level. One of the suggestions was to keep a couple of logs, one about your journey (emotional) and one which tracks the practical aspects of caregiving. Guess what—it works! I realized that I was holding all these details in my head, and just listing them…[Read more]

    • Hi Barb–Oh, my made my dad!!! We would love to see your log!

      After last month’s webinar (Creating Routines), I asked folks to share their logs. So, if you’re up to it, you can upload it here: http://www.caregiving.com/2014/09/webinar-follow-up-what-routine-will-you-add/

      (You can upload a master spreadsheet or document. If it’s a paper log, you…[Read more]

      • barb replied 1 month ago

        Hi–I’m not good at spreadsheets etc., and what I really needed to keep track of was services and medications. So, I simply used a text document, with 2 headings: Type of service (date started) and service provider. I made a second one: for Medical: Condition and Medications. For me, it’s a very simple format that provides room for narrative…[Read more]

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    • Hussy replied 1 month ago

      Hi Priscilla and welcome. I look forward to getting to know you.

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