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

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

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struggling-with-stress_364x200_98059549As 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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Lillie Fuller

Yesterday's stress was all about BATH DAY! It was so hot out and I have to have the a/c off in the house or my mom will get too cold. So on Bath Day she is freezing cold and I am overheated. The heat makes me feel like I want to pass out. It's stressful just thinking about BATH DAY in the summer months!

frogger16

Stress today continues around \"to drive or not to drive\" and giving DH the space & respect to arrive at the \"not to drive\" conlcusion himself.\r\nTodays lost keys saga: DH still in his Pj's had been napping all morning in his chair. I caught up on housework, laundry, bills & by noon was heading out the door to do an errand. DH suddenly wakes up and announced he was going swimming...oh ok (when he is up for exercising, I dont hold him back), I'll run the errand when you get back. Are you sure your alert & up for driving? Then the saga of DH cant find his keys starts. OMgosh, I decided yesterday, this has become a daily saga I dont have the time or energy to add into my daily responsibilities. So I gently said thats too bad Hun, hope you find them. I told him while he looked for his keys, that I'd go ahead and run the errand I was headed out to do (I have the last spare key & wont let him borrow it). I offered to drop him off at the pool and come back for him after the errand was done. He was agreeable to that. On the way to the pool, he was so sad and frustrated at how he keeps loosing his keys...asked what was happening to him. I took the opportunity to engage him on the \"to drive or not to drive\" topic....a positive start towards his discision.

Alilac

Today's fun... I am trying to reinstate our health insurance. It was canceled because they said we didn't turn in the forms that they didn't send us (sigh). I have never worked with insurance or made any claims so it is all new and crazy to me. Trying to call and learn the differences between MediCal and Medicare and plan this or that while trying to answer husband's constant bids for attention. I feel lost and stressed, the stress is even affecting the dog! Another day in the life of a caregiver.

Michelle

Hubby is in the hospital since Saturday, because of his second stroke.Now has a uti on top of that.

Desiree

Grandma has a habit of making plans and commitments, which nearly always involve me as well, without ever asking if I'm free or even plan to be home then. If I'm lucky, I learn about these plans the day before. Other times, like todsy, I hear about them with maybe a half hour notice. One more reason I can never make plans for myself. \r\nI'm getting kinda tired of it.

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