Tell Us: What’s Your Caregiving Stress (Day 2)?

Denise

Tell Us: What’s Your Caregiving Stress (Day 2)?

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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Michelle

My first stress today and every morning is to check my messages to find out if my hubby’s morning caregiver will be coming.

Denise

My father turns 88 in August and we're planning our family get-together. My sister shared a date that works best for two of her children who will be traveling in from out of town. We picked that date. My sister called me on Sunday furious that we were holding the event on that date (the date she said would be better). So, we switched it to a different day. Yesterday, a family member who volunteered to help me with my folks told me she can't help -- her therapist does not recommend she spend time with people who don't support her. Hellooooo! Welcome to my world! I spoke with my parents last night and it seems my father's computer has been hacked again and that my dad is engaging in phone conversations with hackers. UGH! I have spent sooooo much time entangling my dad and his technology from hackers over the past decade. I have shared over and over that he shouldn't call people he doesn't know, that he shouldn't click links. ARGH! It gets so tiring. It's exhausting to try so hard to keep everyone on the page when it feels like no one cares to read my page. I'm feeling fairly low right now.