Tell Us: What’s Today’s Caregiving Stress (Day 4)?

Denise

Tell Us: What’s Today’s Caregiving Stress (Day 4)?

Denise
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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Rock63

Today my stress is that my husband is having a real good day, talking to one of our sons just like he used too, carrying on a good conversation. it's silly because times like this I doubt myself and wonder if it's just me. Like he's really in there and I overthink his symptoms on most days so I've created him being in worse shape then he actually is. that sounds crazy, but it's how I feel. This journey is an emotional roller coaster that I can't jump off of.

Helen

Found out today, a mistake made by my dh's SSD lawyer about a date, allowed SS to deny his claim. Tonight a very silly thing caused the frustrated, sad tears to start flowing: I tried to put away a small amount of soup; put it in a small pyrex storage bowl; couldn't find the matching lid; finally found it on a coffee grounds container dh appropriated; tried to wash the lid so I could use it to seal the pyrex dish so it wouldn't leak in the refrigerator, but the smell won't come out and it reeks of coffee; I suddenly felt so angry about it and began to cry; a moment later realized I was really angry and sad about my husband's social security claim denial and this disease that is robbing his brain, and all the things it is forcing onto me. Tonight it is suddenly all too much. It's hard not to be mad at myself, too, because I intended to come everyday to post the daily stress this week; I forgot until tonight. I'll feel a lot better after a good night's sleep. Pardon my pity party. I have many blessings to count.

Lillie Fuller

I am stressed today because my mom doesn't want to eat. I try to give her whatever she wants but the problem is she doesn't know what she wants. It's been a challenge all week!