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

Denise

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

Denise
stopwatch-911767_640As 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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Christine

Last week my mother was an emergency admission to hospital due to sepsis following radiotherapy. Her heart suddenly went crazy again last night, beating 110, 120, 140 to even 150 beats per minute, due to the infection. My caregiving stress early this morning (after little sleep) was finding out that after 12 hours of this, her heart rate was still 110! How she survived I do not know. (Too tired to write this yesterday).

Goldie

Walking into my parents' apartment and knowing the hoarding is still going on. I am supposed to be watching out for this and help them to keep the apartment de-cluttered. I don't have the energy for the fight which would ensue. Then more stress comes when I pass the staff person in the hall who is in charge of telling me to get rid of the clutter.

Lillie Fuller

Today's stress was having our Non Emergency Transportation driver show up two hours early, which was three hours before Mom's lab appointment. We were not even thinking about getting ready to go. I went out and told him he was early, he said, \"i'll just wait out here\". Well duh, I wasn't going to let him in the house!

luvinlex

Leaving a voicemail for my brother's oncology nurse and not having my call returned. He had a rough weekend, and I had a lot of questions. When I ask someone very nicely to call me back, and they don't. I see it as if my concerns don't matter.