Tell Us: What’s Your Caregiving Stress (Day 5)?

Denise

Tell Us: What’s Your Caregiving Stress (Day 5)?

Denise
As you may know, I’ve been collecting data about your caregiving stress, the overlooked epidemic in our communities. During a recent webinar, The Family Caregiver’s Stress, I shared the current results of our ongoing survey and share thoughts about what’s needed to minimize the stress.

We know that caregiving stress can be ongoing. I also believe that caregiver stress is constantly changing, that what stresses you on Monday is replaced by a different stressful situation on Tuesday. To show the constant and changing face of caregiving stress, I’d love for you to tell us about each day’s caregiving stress over a period of five days. Your stories about your day’s caregiving stress will make our data about your caregiving stress that much more compelling.

In our comments section, below, tell us about the stress you’re feeling today.

(I’d love for you to share your experiences in our two two-minute surveys. In the first survey, please tell us how you rate your stress. In our second survey, please tell us how your stress impacts your health and your day.)

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My father is having intermittent chest pressure through the day and severely spiking blood pressure with no pattern. He can't settle down - sweating one minute and the next hour chilly. The last four days have been unpredictable as his various ailments seem to be taking turns being the \"star of the day.\" I'm ready to take him to the ER at a moment's notice. He has lots of tests next week. Hopefully, one of them will pinpoint some cause to his sudden health turn. The uncertainty is additional stress no one needs.

Anita Henson

I am writing this midday on Day 5. Last night about 2:00 am I heard my parents talking and the light went on in their room. I got up to listen by the door for cries of help, but soon they were back in bed and out went the light. I couldn't tell who had the problem, Mom or Dad. I listened all through the night. Evidently Mom had gotten up without Dad knowing, thought it was 4:00 AM and ate her banana as she usually does. She is supposed to take her pain pill then. Dad gave it to her when she returned to the room. I woke up at 3:30 after napping for a bit once their light went out and went outside to get the paper so Dad wouldn't have to go outside. A cold front came through. They normally get up at 7:00 but came out of the room closer to 7:30 and I heard Mom moaning and groaning. She couldn't get up and get dressed. Every time she tried, she lost her balance. Today is my brother's birthday and we are supposed to meet him at 9:00 AM for breakfast.. Stress-I told Dad I was going to take her to the clinic after checking her blood pressure. It was very close to 200. He dismissed it because blood pressure goes up and down. I wheeled her back to her room in (walker) and she still couldn't regain her balance and had dry heaves (nausea) and was trembling. After 30 min I convinced Dad, I just told him I'm taking her to the clinic. I called and let them know we were coming and why. Dad agreed after he heard me on the phone. My stress is making decisions that go against Dad's wishes. How do I deal with my own health issues involved with this stress? I came home told Dad she has a UTI and he hugged me and said thank you. Made me feel better, but still?! Why all the drama?