Tell Us: Caregiving Is Like...


Tell Us: Caregiving Is Like...

sea-554017_640A few nights ago, during our evening chat, we started an interesting discussion describing caregiving.

Caregiving is like flying a plane without having any training, said @parkscoleman.

A few other thoughts:

Caregiving is like a slow fall with a parachute that has holes.

Caregiving is like living on an isolated island with an army of health care providers who only provide a little bit of help.

You get the idea.

So, what's yours?

Tell us what caregiving is like in our comments section, below.

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Caregiving is like a sledride in the snow. I remember sledriding with my sons when they were little and when it snowed in Ohio. We would take our sleds to the top of the hill and go zooming down the hill, but it would take forever to get back up to the top of the hill. It would only take seconds to get to the bottom of the hill on your sled. Sometimes it would be fun, but a little scary depending on the height of the hill. It seems like it is taking forever to get through the day, sometimes we zoom through the day. I think when it seems likeit's taking forever, that's when we are learning a lot. It can be a little scary at times because we don't know what to expect from one day to the next.

Lillie Fuller

Caregiving is like a great pot of Minestrone soup, It gets better with practice. Each time you make it you add or subtract something that wasn't right. Everyday in Caregiving you keep doing or refrain from doing something you did the day before.


Caregiving is like being on a Sisyphean hamster wheel. You spend your day doing an endless list of tasks, you go to sleep, you wake up, and you do the same list of tasks all over again. And again and again and again. It's like that Bill Murray movie -- Groundhog Day. Caregiving can feel like you're in a boat taking on water and all you have to bail is a teaspoon.


Caregiving is like walking down the side of a busy road, trying to avoid getting hit from a passing car.


It is like getting thrown into the deep end of the pool and you don't know how to swim. The life jackets are slightly out of reach and the life preservers are only half inflated. You either sink or swim, mostly on your own. In retrospect, after a year you can look back and say, boy, I really learned how to swim! It may take time, you will swallow a little (or a lot) of water, you will hit your head on the side of pool a few times, and it will take all the fighting strength you have, but you will float and then you will swim. And then, God help anyone who gets in your way when it comes to advocating for your career and yourself.