Eight Years in Now....

Buzzashuck

Eight Years in Now....

Buzzashuck
(Editor's Note: We welcome @buzzashuck, who cares for his wife, to our blogging team today. Feel free to connect with him and welcome him.)

Yes, you read it right. It has been 8 years of caregiving around the clock. I get a break every now and then and I still love to play baseball so last year decided to put together and an over-50 baseball team. It has been great having that once-a-week release on the baseball field.

I am a retired paramedic.  My wife went into Respiratory Acidosis eight years ago and has been debilitated since with six relapses and up to three weeks at a time back into ICU.  Each time she was not expected to make it. Her quality of life on a scale of 1 to 10, has been a median of 5 to 6 depending on the time of day. Being medically educated has its benefits, especially in Emergency Medicine when it comes to keeping folks alive.

Just to keep up with my day now for these eight years, I get up in the morning and set my timer on my phone for 30 minute intervals. This assures me that I get everything done that needs to be done that day..

Yes, I am tired and worn but, with the help of God we will get to the end of this race.

I started a Group page on Facebook eight years ago called Caregivers. It is a secret page with some friends that use it to vent their frustrations that are caregivers also..

Caregiving.com looks promising.

God Bless & God Speed.

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Goldie

Thanks for joining us here! I've been caregiver for my parents for 8 years now. At some point, I realized I really really needed a support group. I checked out a number of online groups and none compared to this one. It's been great! As I've said many times, the group is very positive without making us feel like we have to BE positive in any one moment. It's made a huge difference in my caregiving life. WELCOME!

Denise

I'm so glad you started blogging! I find it so helpful to write it out; I think of it as write and release.\r\n\r\nPlease blog as often and as much as you'd like. We like to hear how you're doing so write on both the good and the bad days. :)\r\n\r\nI look forward to reading more of your story.