A Caregiving Comfort: Getting

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A Caregiving Comfort: Getting

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It's getting to me.

I'm anticipating the next decline and the action to accommodate the decline.

I'm practicing the next conversation during which we discuss the most recent decline.

I'm dreading cleaning and grocery shopping and bank balancing.

I'm anxious before bedtime wondering if a phone call about a late-night fall will put me in my car rather than my bed.

It's just getting to me.

Except it also got me.

Time is slipping away.

My parents seem to shrink a little more each day.

My parents seem to struggle a little more each day.

My parents seem to live in a world that gets smaller and smaller each day.

My parents seem to understand their reality more than I can.

I'm getting the big picture which means I just got my purpose.

Accommodating allows me to give my parents respect.

Discussing allows me to understand what they want.

My late-night car runs exist only in the short term and in the short term I can do it.

I've got time to clean and shop and balance. Most important, I've got time right now with my parents.

I've got it.

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Brooke

Oh my, how I identify with this post. I think one of the most difficult things is this: \"My parents seem to live in a world that gets smaller and smaller each day.\" \r\n\r\nThank you for your post!

frogger16

I hear your anxiety...so understandable.\r\nYou are an amazing daughter in this journey with your parents.\r\nYou are an inspiration to me & many others.

CathyJ

Denise, the anticipation of the declines is so tough and it can absolutely get us. Sometimes, the struggles to keep a focus on what is really important versus that what's to come can be tough. So glad we have this site to help us keep a focus, new mornings to help us start again and the ability to just breath and accept what is. Not easy this journey with our parents.