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

Denise

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

Denise
water-79919_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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Lillie Fuller

Today's stress was definitely \"car trouble\". We have 5 vehicles and my son took only one to work! I had nothing to drive! That's pretty pathetic!

Justin

Somehow today's appointment spawned four more. Stressed about the scheduling for it all.

Loricde

Caring for my partner with Stage 4 cancer and our angry teenager. Draining.

Elphaba

If you don't take care of yourself first, you won't have anything left for Mom. Believe me, I know. Can't pour from an empty cup! It is FINE to give yourself a break!

Elphaba

Today's stress is multi-level and subtle...first of all, Mom came home with two new meds that are must-do's and last night, we forgot BOTH of them. This is despite the \"reminder\" list that came home with her and verbal acknowledgment from both of us that they needed to be kept up. Today, I realized the scope of her physical decline and the challenges, both physical and emotional, that she must be facing. And of course, the flip side of empathy - self-pity. And I feel ashamed of myself for feeling sorry for myself, so there's that vicious cycle again. I really think I didn't know what the heck I was signing on for when I agreed to stay on and look after her.

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