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  • Janet posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 1 day, 2 hours ago

    Ok a quick note wr had a celebration of my hubby life today, but it’s still hard. I will try to write a sit might help me.

  • Janet posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 5 days, 18 hours ago

    My world is broken right now, John, my hubby of 34 years was killed in a one RV accident. Right now I have more questions then answer. Will write more when I know more.

    • Janet–I posted a comment and because I can’t give you enough comfort, wanted to write to you here, too. I’m just so sorry. What a horrible tragedy. We are all thinking of you, praying with you and holding you close.

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

    Hi everyone! I’m new here and thought I would take a moment to introduce myself – where I’m currently at and just start to explore the site more…

    My husband and I have been married 40 years (how did that time go by so quickly?) and we have five adult children – four of which still live with us. We are animal lovers and have pretty much all…[Read more]

    • Hi MD–I’m so glad to learn more of your story. Oh, gosh, the worries seem multiplied for you. I wish I could take a few off your shoulder. :) We totally understand the fears, especially the fear of finding a caree dead. It’s the reality of the day, which just sucks. If you’re up to it, please feel fee to start blogging. It can be a huge relief…[Read more]

    • Mamadanz — thank you for sharing your story. Clearly you have a heavy burden to shoulder. It is difficult enough to be a caregiver for one caree, let alone two. I completely understand the feeling of being in a financial pressure cooker. We constantly struggle to make ends meet on my income. You are so right that critters help keep you sane.…[Read more]

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

    Juggling all the parts of my life–caregiving, new boss and construction at work, repairs at my mom’s house, arranging for my mom’s car repair, and, oh yeah, getting ready for knee surgery next week, cleaning my home–it’s totally exhausting. Making the holiday for my mom and other family members is a nice idea, and much appreciated, but I realize…[Read more]

    • It is completely exhausting. Are you having knee surgery next week?

      And, Merry Christmas!! Always great to see you. :)

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

    Thank you for the invite into your group. I have been a caregiver since July 2014 to my mother. She suffered a severe stroke in April 2014 and I have dedicated my life to help her back to hopefully full recovery. She is 79 years old and is making a remarkable recovery. I am so proud of her. I have been using “thought-therapy” as I noticed…[Read more]

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  • MM posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Hi, I’m new. SO glad to have found this site! So here’s my story:
    My hubby has C-PTSD, and stomach issues. We’ve been married 23 years. I new something was wrong after we got married, but I had no idea, and life went on. Our first pregnancy was with Identical triplets that were stillborn at 6 1/2 months. He did ok, took care of me.
    Anytime we…[Read more]

    • Also I found another really great site for “personality disorders”, OutoftheFog.net.

    • I’m so glad you stopped by! I just read more of your story. I would imagine you often feel like a referee. You must worry so much. Feel free to vent and share as often as you need here. We understand. :)

  • Maria posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    SO glad to be here again! I will never go MIA for so long again

  • Jamie posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Hi everyone…My name is Jamie. I have been caring for my wife Valerie for the last 6 years of our 12-year marriage.

    Valerie has a very long list of health problems. Her major illness is called Dysautomina, which is a disease of her autoimmune system. She also has Orthostatic Hypotension (low blood pressure), chronic renal failure (no dialysis)…[Read more]

    • Hi Jamie–Welcome! I’m glad you’ve reached out to us. Has Valerie qualified for Medicaid (based on her low income. (Does she also qualify for Medicare because of her renal failure?) You may be able to qualified as her caregiver and receive payment though Medicaid. You can find more here:…[Read more]

      • I know if she goes on dialyisis that she will auto qualify for medicare in 3 months. I would also talk to one of the social workers at the hospital as many of them are very good resorces for what she may qualify for given her medical history and also may be able to help with the paperwork. I got qualified to be paid for taking care of mom because…[Read more]

    • Thanks for the info Denise.

      When Val applied for disability. We didn’t apply for Medicade or Medicare since she was on my insurance through work but that is something we are going to do.

      We live in Plano, IL. Which is outside Chicago near Aurora.

      If you saw the movie “Man of Steel” Plano was used for downtown Smallville.

    • You also could contact your county (Kendall) to see about any help. It’s so much red tap that it can really feel like a web. Is your profile picture a photo of your dog? So cute! (I’m in Park Ridge, by O’Hare.)

      • Yeah…That’s our late dog Dakota. That was the picture that came up. I was having issues trying to put a new picture from my IPhone and IPad.

        It will be two years Sunday when Dakota passed away.

        Ironically, Dakota passed away the same day as the school shooting at Sandy Hook in Newton.

    • Hi–I just had the same problem uploading photos from my iPad. I’ll see if I can figure out what’s causing the problem.

      I had one more thought about getting help for you guys. If your wife qualifies for Medicaid, then she may qualify for help. With more help, perhaps it will be easier for you to go back to full-time hours.

    • That’s going to be my next step. Getting Val on Medicade. I have to find out if her doctors accept it first

    • @jvnewell – It is nice to meet you, Jamie. I apologize for the delay. I wrote a long summary about some of the programs Illinois has regarding assistance. I hope it helps. Before I post it, I would like to say I am so sorry about the loss of your dog, Dakota. I lost my dog almost two years ago. I miss him daily.

      I live in Chicago, not far from [Read more]

  • Doxiedad posted an update in the group Group logo of GeneralGeneral 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Good day to all. With the Thanksgiving holiday and all this is the first time I have had time to post anything. I hope you all had a good holiday with the least amount of stress.
    Wishful thinking for some I guess.
    I visited my daughter and granddaughter up in North Georgia for Thanksgiving. My grand daughter is turning three and is a bundle of…[Read more]

    • I hope the stiff drink was also a tall one! I was thinking of you and hoping the trip went okay. It’s wonderful to spend time with a little one–that energy is healing and life-affirming. I hope you’ve recovered from the trip. :) We do survive, don’t we?

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