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


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

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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Trying to reach a doctor for a non-life-threatening, but never-the-less important reason. My mom's hearing aid hasn't been working well. Repeating things over and over is driving us both bonkers. And then I have to deal with her regular doctor's office for referral. And her hearing doctor's office... One says they sent the referral and the other says they never got it. I've been working on this since July 5th. Back and forth. I finally got resolution today. Why? Well, I think it's because I became completely overwhelmed, frustrated and just lost it. In other words, my usual calm, kind, accommodating demeanor took a lunch break! I heard myself say, \"If I have to hear, 'Your time is valuable to us. Thank you for your patience.\" (recording on hold) one more time, I'm going to throw my phone through your window! \r\n\r\nYup. I said it. I meant to say that I'd throw my phone through \"the\" window. But I said \"your.\" I told you I'm not good at mean. Anyway - this has taken way too long; too many hours, too many brain cells, and just brought me down every time I had to pick up that phone.


Yay!!! I am responding on the actual day of post!!! Self-care is my stress today. I read a lot about Alzheimer's and always see the good information about proactive health to reduce risks (diet, exercise, meditation, reducing stress, nutrition). And, I know know know I need to do this. I stress because I keep not doing routinely and worry about long term impact of poor self-care.