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

Denise

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

Denise
As you may know, I’ve been collecting data about your caregiving stress, the overlooked epidemic in our communities. In an upcoming webinar on June 28, The Family Caregiver’s Stress, I’ll share the current results of our ongoing caregiving stress 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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TommyT

This day is ‘Everything Hurts Day”. My wife slept late (since she was up until 2am - I know because she kept waking me). She was complaining about back pain and wanted more meds. I don’t like giving her extra heavy pain meds because - well, they’re extra heavy pain meds. I ended up giving her Advil and told her it was pain meds (**LIAR**). Don’t think she believed me. God, I hate lying to her. Anyway, sorry for the sidetrack there, she wakes up and immediately starts complaining that her feet hurt, then her wrists hurt, head hurts, and on . . . and on . . . yiu get the idea. I have her the morning meds and told her I would add more to her breakfast (**LIAR!!!**). She ate about a third of her breakfast and said the pain was better. I gave her hugs. She went outside to the porch to read her magazines, for the 4th time for some - more for others. I’m left in the kitchen chastising myself for lying to her yet again.

CathyJ

Babs, My mom will do the same with clothes catalogs. I try to throw them before they get to her, but sometimes don't always get that done. I will just have her mark the pages of what she wants and then set them to the side. That seems to help and avoids the discussion about you have this already or got rid of this already.

CathyJ

Worrying about new behaviors and wondering if it is just an \"off\" moment or part of the disease. I think the stress medical care is always so present.

Michelle

I woke up this morning with a back ache and a todo list a mile long. I would like to crawl back into bed but hubby is already awake asking for his meds and his breakfast.\r\n My hat is off to people who deal with their own chronic conditions while giving care to their loved one. I’m going to take an ibuprofen and hope it helps.