Tell Us: What’s Today’s Caregiving Stress (Day 3)?


Tell Us: What’s Today’s Caregiving Stress (Day 3)?

water-drop-275938_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 is finding someone to stay with my mom on Saturday. My grandson has a football game and I really want to go watch him play! My son has already made plans to go out of town. Grandson, who plays youth football, gets to play under the lights, that will be so exciting for him since he usually plays during the day on weekends!


Mom put her tv remote into a bowl of water today. It's officially dead. She hoards all the cordless phones so an additional surprise was not one of the four phones in the house will work. So off to Best Buy we went. New toys purchased. Now she's asked me a dozen times which is the phone and which is the remote. No problem. Gives me a reason to use my awesome new color printer. Successfully labeled both items in bright labels \"TELEPHONE\" and \"TV\".\r\n\r\nProblem resolved? Of. Course. Not. She still brings both to me and asks, which do I use to change the channel. Tomorrow's outing? Target or Kmart for yet another new toy. Gotta get a corded phone for her. Hopefully that will fix the confusion over the New toys.


My caregiving stress today was checking that everything was in order regarding my mother's care in hospital ever since I found her oxygen tube on the floor when visiting her. The nursing staff change daily so I have to keep telling them what happened to her and how seriously ill she has been. Frustrating!


Dad is cranky, won't stay seated, and he yelled. It stresses me that he doesn't see/know what we're doing is for his safety.


A Dr. apt. resulted in 6 weeks of medication changes. Every 2 weeks the dosage changes and we are suppose to observe how DH reacts. The goal is that by the end of the 6 weeks we will know if this medication is beneficial enough to continue\r\nand at what dosage. Its stressful trying to decipher what changes are medication related verses the unpredictable daily symptoms of his disease.