Tell Us: What’s Today’s Caregiving Stress (Day 5)?

Denise

Tell Us: What’s Today’s Caregiving Stress (Day 5)?

Denise
breakwater-379252_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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Desiree

Grandma got another at-home exercise device (I call them, Medieval Torture Devices) God only knows why she thinks these things will be helpful, they never are! Soon as I got this one out of the box, and saw what it was, I did my best to talk her out of trying it...it is supposed to be used by laying yourself down on the floor, and putting your lower legs on the device. You push the button, and for 12 minutes it does what they claim is \"passive exercise\" for your back. To relieve back pain.\r\nIt worked okay, (meaning, didn't cause even more pain) but she couldn't get back up off the floor! It took me 3 tries to help her up- she only weighs about 90 pounds, but that's 90 pounds of dead weight for me to get off the floor, she can't help at all. I f that third try hadn't been successful, I was gonna have to call 911.\r\nWhy, oh why?!?!? At least this time, I didn't have to work to convince her to send it back!

Lillie Fuller

my stress today is having to be awake and functioning as a Caregiver when what I want is to be in my bed, resting, calming my fears and hiding my tears!

Christine

Today is stress-grief day: the heartache of watching my mother struggle valiantly, a shadow of her former self. My heart breaks over and over with each decline, each faltering step.

frogger16

It stresses me when DH mixes up scheduled meds & times. Today I caught it quickly, cause I was observeing an increased sleepyness beyond the noramal fatigue symptom he struggles with everyday. It stresses me cause I worry he will overdose taking certain type meds too close toghether. Regardless of well marked pill boxes for each med, and a daily medication log & an alarm that goes off for each med, I cant trust he'll take the correct med at the correct time anymore. Time to revise things and develpe a plan \"B\". Discouraging seeing the increased cognitive decline & cause now I only have 2 short time spans between pills, to run any errand that needs doing.

Nikki

I feel like things are progressing, and I can't do a thing to stop it. The unwillingness to cooperate, her trying to binge eat during the day ( even after breakfast and lunch has been given ) then not being hungry for dinner. We have most of everything on lock-down. The fridge was a big problem. She's obsessing over stuff like her blanket, or paper from magazines. She ripped apart, page by page, the ikea catalog. I never even got to look at it. Idk... I'm just getting hit with a lot of crap, all at once and I feel like I'm drowning.

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