Tell Us: What's Your Caregiving Stress (Day 3)?

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Tell Us: What's Your Caregiving Stress (Day 3)?

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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.

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Michelle

Hubby constantly asks for cookies or toast.

The last 3 months my husband has started having trouble transferring from his scooter to the shower, a chair, couch, a seat in the van, etc. More often than not he lands on the floor, so today is shower day, will he be able to get into the shower & out without hurting himself? The answer is no, before breakfast I had to help him off the floor and back to his chair or scooter 4 times all while trying to get ready for work and make breakfast. By the time I get out the door, I am exhausted, need to get through a work day then back home to more of the same. All of this, concern for his safety now when he is not home and not sleeping well because when he gets up at night he falls trying to get back into bed. Today the stress levels were definitely elevated. Heres hoping for a good nights sleep tonight. :)

Mike

Babs - I'm sure this is so difficult for you, and very confusing (and frustrating) for her. At least there are still good days along with the bad... I think that helps keep us going. That, and this forum :) My concern is, what happens when there are no more good days (or they are greatly outnumbered by the bad days, or \"good\" is no longer very good)? I try not to think about it too much... that's a huge source of my caregiving stress.

betty

The thing that's bothering me the most today is that my stress is stressing me! I went the the er last week thinking I was having heart problems (knew I wasn't having a heart attack at the time). I was having all the symptoms women have. Thank God my heart is fine. They seemed to think it was stress. Imagine that! When I got home I looked up stress and anxiety and lo and behold they were the same symptoms. Now I'm stressing on how to control my stress.