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


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

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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I don't even know where to begin with my endless list of stressors... I will just say a few...\r\n\r\n1. Insurance company denials for needed treatment, equipment or prescriptions...and then needed to wait for the doctor to send over the prior authorization, only to have completed it incorrectly. To wait again to be denied. To wait for them to finally approve it and by this time I have make shifted, modified or pay out of pocket for whatever it was.\r\n\r\n2. My son is mentally dealing with so much as he has had to learn how to adapt to life as a paraplegic over the last year. Wishing so badly when he is having a bad day that I could change things for him, make things better or take his place. \r\n\r\n3. Trying to care for him the best way I can, and I cannot make a schedule work full time with all of his appointments so I have to work overnights. This doesn't help me feel rested EVER.... I am always exhausted no matter how much I sleep.


Waited for a delivery of supplies that never came.


I have just started on this last day! The stress today was the medical bills I pulled out of the mailbox, including one I have already dealt with. I checked my spreadsheets to make sure it was indeed paid, then made more copies and spreadsheet entries to document my checking. I made a decision to respond later if the bill surfaces again. And then I paid all the new bills, scanned the EOBs, and entered those on to the spreadsheets. Now it's time to make dinner, but I shall savor the time and the meal. Salami sounds good...

Lillie Fuller

Today's stress!!! Oh wait til you hear this one. Last night I tell my mom that I am going grocery shopping today and to think of everything she might want to eat for the next few days. So this afternoon when I get ready to go she has given me a verbal list of about 10 items which i write down so I don't forget. I went to the grocery store, bought $135 dollars worth of healthy food and everything she asked for. So I ask her what she wants for lunch! She wants SALAMI! I didn't buy salami! So, I put all the items away that need to go in the fridge and off I go, back to the store to buy salami! That was ALL she wanted!!!