Care Break Today: Your Waiting Room Companions

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Care Break Today: Your Waiting Room Companions

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You spends lots of time in the waiting rooms. And, that means you meet lots of people.

Bruce McIntryre, who cares for his wife, will talk about the three categories of people who sit next to us in those waiting rooms. He'll also share how we can deal with the ones we wish would sit on the other side of the room.



About Bruce:

Bruce McIntyre serves as the Associate Director of the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma. As the author of Graceful Transitions: An Inspirational Guide for Family Caregivers and Care Receivers, Bruce shares his expert guidance and warm humor with thousands of people each year. As a caregiver for his wife for the past 11 years, Bruce understands the world of chronic illness and caregiving. He has led the Caregiver Fundamentals Project in Oklahoma City and served caregivers as a business, church, and non-profit leader. Bruce is also the author of Resilient Life, and the soon to be released, Parkinson Positive.

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Amy

Wow Bruce I can really related you you and your wife being in a waiting room and being the young ones. My husband is 37 and I am 35 and I have been caring for him for about 14 years now after the car accident he had and then in 2004 he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and had his first surgery. His health really declined 3 years ago and he needed a nurse to come out to care for him while I am at work full time. This was after a 2 week hospital stay. My husband had some psychiatric conditions so waiting is never easy on him. I find many times I am the kind soul in the waiting room or I try to shield myself from others by using my device. Mainly because I hear all the coughing, sneezing, and illness. I don't want my husband to get sicker because he is waiting around others who have illness. (common colds, etc) His immune system is compromised so I find I worry about his health quite a bit. I am trying to shield from the other germs around us.