Tell Us: What's Today's Caregiving Stress (Day 1)?


Tell Us: What's Today's Caregiving Stress (Day 1)?

struggling-with-stress_364x200_98059549As 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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Lillie Fuller

My stress today, mom having a doctor appointment and my car leaking oil like a sieve!


DH's driving....didnt see red light today.


It's too much. I took a sick day today because I've been so backed up on my to-do list, a 20-minute morning battle to dispatch a mostly disabled (thanks to my cat, Ruby) waterbug put me hopelessly behind schedule and there was no way I could get to work on time or even a little bit late. \r\nI'm now being a caregiver to my spouse, who is having a difficult convalescence after foot and leg surgery 3 weeks ago. She cries every day because she's afraid she made the wrong choice to get the surgery and it's not getting better fast enough. I've been so tired from taking care of her in addition to my mom, who I see at least once a week, I've had no time or energy to follow up on: collecting my aunt's money from her pension to put into her estate account, calling my cousin's caseworker to see how he's been doing since being taken to the ER 4 weeks ago for a psych evaluation, or scheduling another 4-hour marathon cleanup of this hoarder aunt's house so the realtor can fix it up and sell it (starting price is about $1 million--way out of our family's reach), or arranging for my mom's goddaughter to buy my mom's car, or taking my cat to the vet, or taking myself to the ENT to discuss a recent bout with tinnitus, or...or...or...\r\n\r\nAnd I miss uninterrupted sleep.


My mother and I attended her palliative radiotherapy consultation today. We were peppering all day and the hour delay pushed my poor mother to her limit. Then suddenly, weeks of worrying melted away when she was offered a milder, safer treatment programme.\r\n\r\nCaregiver stress feels like being on a roller-coaster with its exhausting rise up to the limit of endurance followed by the relief ride downhill. The only thing is: I can't get off.


When I busted two toes, a couple weeks ago, I let some of the housework slide. It really piled up. Today I made an effort to get it caught up, and now this bleeping blank blank foot hurts so much, I'd get it amputated if I could. \r\nI suspect that I'd have to be in a full body cast, to get a pass on the cleaning around here.

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