Letting Go Let In Enjoyment

Denise

Letting Go Let In Enjoyment

Denise
sun-through-winter-tree-branchesThis morning, Michelle, who cared for her parents joined me for Table Talk on Your Caregiving Journey. You can listen to our show via the player below.

Michelle and I continued a conversation today that started in March; you can listen to our first show here. Caregiving began for Michelle when her mom had a stroke the summer before Michelle's senior year in high school. She helped care for her mom for the next 13 years until her mom's death in December of 2011. She cared for her dad, diagnosed with leukemia in November 2010, until his death in July 2011.

We spoke today about caring for her dad and mom at the same time and her worry that the resources wouldn't be available to keep them both home. Michelle talked about the importance of the time she spent with her parents, particularly the time they spent in enjoyment. She remembered how much better her father rested when he could hear Michelle and her mom laughing together.

Michelle also shared how, earlier during her caregiving experience, she tried to get parents to stop drinking diet soda and to eat more fresh vegetables. Her requests didn't change their behavior. Finally, she just decided to let it go. And, when she did, she found she enjoyed her parents that much more.

Michelle and I will continue our discussion, focusing on how she and her siblings shared the caregiving experience, during a future show. I'll let you know when we've schedule our show.


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