• I am grateful for my wonderful husband and son who love me even when I am not at my most lovable!

  • I am grateful for cooler weather!

  • ThumbnailI have been absent from blogging for a few months. A friend of my let me know the other day that he missed reading my blog. He’ll be happy. :)

    Our doorbell has been acting up for some time. By acting up I mean […]

    • Oh, gosh, I would cry, too. You’re crying for so much and it’s odd that the little thing (the doorbell) could get it started.

      But it’s always the little thing that causes us to feel so big.

      I think it’s good to remind ourselves that right now, in this instance, we have what we need. You have Steve, who can help and support you. He’s at your…[Read more]

    • Jenn replied 2 weeks ago

      G-J. Thank you for sharing this day. It could be one of my days, exactly……………….so that is why it gave me such a chuckle. Have coffee, will travel.

    • G-J, thank you for sharing. I agree that sometimes it is the little things, but really when a lot of little things pile up together with our emotions, it creates a terrible scene! You found out what was behind some of those emotions and dealt with it, good for you! I agree, a handyman will be there when hubby can’t but for now, Steve was needed…[Read more]

    • I can easily picture myself in your shoes, G-J. I am easily frustrated by most minor type of home repair on the best of days, and I can imagine how hard it would be for me – mentally and emotionally – to have to learn the tasks that my husband does in our life.

    • Cathy replied 2 weeks ago

      G-J,you have the great ability to take your reader along with you for the ride. In this case rides! While my caregiving days were for my mother and now for my aunt, I can certainly feel how frustrating it must be to take over household repairs. We split things up pretty well in this house – but I got a little wake up call in the last 24 hours.…[Read more]

  • G-J commented on the post, Questions 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    You’ve got GREAT questions! Write them all down and take them with you to the appointment. Ask about anything you don’t understand.

    I don’t know what every neurologist does, but I can tell you about my husband’s neurologist. Yes, they test Steve at every appointment. They usually ask if I want to speak to the neurologist alone. (If you want to,…[Read more]

  • Jane, thank you for all of your kind comments! :)

  • I went on an Earthwatch expedition to New Zealand without knowing anyone else on the trip!

  • Happy Birthday, CareGiving.com! How does it feel to be the proud parent of an 18-year-old, Denise? :)

  • Find joy in every day. :)

  • G-J commented on the post, You Can Have Both 5 months, 1 week ago

    Welcome! This is an incredibly supportive community of people. I hope you find it as helpful as I have. I feel like I’ve been around so long (here since June 2010) that Denise may kick me out soon!

    The really, […]

  • Pegi,

    I understand what you are feeling. My mom has been gone over six years. There are times I miss her so much that tears spring to my eyes. I would love her support as I deal with my husband’s health. I […]

  • ThumbnailLast month my cousin e-mailed me to make sure everyone at my house was okay because I hadn’t blogged in a while. Since February 4th, to be exact. Frankly, I have composed some brilliant, witty blogs – all in my […]

  • Richard,

    I understand your frustration. On a daily basis, I’ll ask my husband how he is (yes, I am on his POA) and he’ll say “fine”. It takes digging to find out that maybe that day he really isn’t. When my […]

  • Denise,

    I was so sorry to read your e-mail this morning. I hoped that it was sent by someone who had hacked into your account and that it wasn’t really from you. I know maintaining this business has been a […]

  • ThumbnailI am not Jeannie, as in I Dream of Jeannie, nor am I a genie. I do not grant wishes, I don’t look like Barbara Eden, I don’t live in a bottle or a lamp, and I don’t have a master. I think I’ve given the wrong […]

  • ThumbnailMy husband has dyslexia, so he’s never been a reader. He peruses the newspaper (yes, we still get a daily paper) and if he reads anything, it’s an article in the business section.

    My husband doesn’t like to […]

  • G-J posted an update 8 months ago

    @denise I’m logged in on the iPad and desktop right now and have found the chatroom on the desktop, but I can’t seem to type in anything!

  • Denise,

    I suggest you contact the AZ AARP and state Legislature and offer your services as a paid consultant to help them set up a program like New Jersey’s. You’ve got the research and experience and their […]

  • As caregivers I think we can be wonderful at caring for someone else and just terrible at caring for ourselves! When life knocks us upside the head, whether it’s a cold, tooth issues or a migraine, we beat […]

  • Oh, I’m sorry to hear what you’re both going through. I’m miserable when I can’t sleep and console myself with the thought that at least I’ll sleep the next night. It doesn’t always work. And then, not being one […]

  • Congratulations! That is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your story!

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