How Are You Managing?

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How Are You Managing?

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Merry_Christmas_ornament_blank_greenAs you navigate the Christmas holiday, please feel free to vent and share by posting a comment here or by visiting our 36-hour chatroom. You can visit us as often as you need to update us.

Wishing you and yours a holiday that brings you moments of calm and comfort.

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Thedogmama

The music is playing Silent Night...the fire burning in the fireplace, I am blessed with my children cleaning the kitchen after a Christmas breakfast cooked by #1 Son. French toast, peppered bacon and scrambled eggs. We have managed to open a few little stocking stuffers (supplied by daughter) and the caregiver arrived and is getting Mom up and washed. Last night was hard on Mom, she was missing being able to come down stairs and be with her family. The kids were great, going upstairs and visiting with her, but the loss of her mobility and freedom is weighing heavily on her. She was horrified and sobbing when she had to call me to her room at 9:30 on Christmas Eve to give her an enema on the bedpan. So difficult. But we are ready to head upstairs and celebrate with her in her room after her breakfast. Peace to you all, even if it is only for a moment.

EllysGdaughter

I am managing pretty well right now. Elly is disoriented about what day it is, but that's to be expected since she was out of her controlling routine for 3 days. I feel like I have enough patience to answer the questions about what day it is or do I need to change my bandage, again and again... I had a long talk with NurseySister who said she just now Got It! She now understands my predicament! This is the Aha Moment for her: EG(me) is equipped and gifted to be a Caregiver but Elly is refusing to let EG wear the Caregiver Hat!! So true!! I am going to get help to come in so that Elly's bedroom & bathroom get cleaned every or every other week! I am not going to have a conversation about it! We have home health coming in to change the bandage on the leg wound so it would be part of that routine in Elly's mind at the moment.! I will call on Thursday to see if Valley Caregivers are open to answer my need! What a Christmas present! Thank you for the Amazon Gift Card, I am sooo excited - I have already ordered one book and will wait until Thursday to see if there are any others on sale :) I pray that you all have a Merry Christmas and will find your strength to get through this season in the One who Created YOU and the Reason for the Season! I wish I could hug each one of you as we travel this adventure!!

Denise

It's hard to do, I think, because you worry the tears will swallow you up. And, it's really hard to be vulnerable when others are around. It's all just hard. I'm thinking of you.

Denise

Just one last thought: We've got an article in our Holidays Survival Guide that offers a few tips when those awful moments hit.\r\n\r\n\"The Chocolate's Okay but I Melted\": http://www.m40.siteground.biz/~caregiv6/2013/11/the-chocolates-okay-but-i-melted/

Denise

It's those moments that really feel like a ton of bricks just hit. I wish for you moments of comfort and the deliciousness of fudge made with love. :)