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


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

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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My stress today is why my husband has fallen twice in the last week, and why he told me he had fallen again and the pain kept him up all last night. The nurse at the care center, who I just talked to, doesn't think he's fallen again, which is a possibility of course. He gets his days and events mixed up. I guess I'm just mainly stressed about whether his next fall will mean another broken something. Last time it was his foot. Fortunately, he doesn't usually get hurt; he's just a hard man to get up. (6 ft. 290 lbs.) I'm glad I'm not in charge of that operation any more. But still keeps me on pins and needles wondering when it's going to happen.


Today's stress for me is dealing with the confusion that mom is having regarding technology in her life. Notably the cable system and telephone. She is having problems understanding and remembering how the remote works and what to push and not push.\r\n\r\nConversations with customer service people are difficult for her in part because her hearing is not good and she has refused to consider hearing aids. \r\n\r\nHer main phone is connected to her Philips Lifeline and the unit, I think, is in need of repair. A conversation with customer service confused her and I spent an hour today getting these issues resolved.


My stress today is my husband's memory - or lack thereof. I try to be patient - knowing this is part of the disease process and that many times, he can't remember this simple things. What makes it more stressful today is that it just seems to be worse - I don't know how many times in an hour I can say - this is how.... without losing my mind as - sometimes he just acts like he does it on purpose to get to me - evidenced by his smirk when he says just feels mean - even if it's not meant that way...


Today's stress is dealing with my mothers repetative requests (about 20-30 a day) to take her to see my dad at the nursing home, but he died 9.5 months ago

Lillie Fuller

My stress is nightmares about a procedure I'm scheduled to have. The nightmare is not of the procedure itself but preparing for it and getting there and back home.

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