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


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

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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Watching my husband lose ground to the frontal-temporal degeneration progression creates a stress that is difficult to put into words. My sense of helplessness hangs out in my heart and mind. I know millions of people go before me who have walked this caregiving journey and their journeys inform me and encourage me. Still, my husband and I are on a journey that is uniquely ours and the sorrows and frustrations are unique and today the stress of balancing my day and the deep emotions are my number one stress.


The doctor came yesterday and gave hubby a very stern talk about his Ogilvies and about what would happen if he did not start drinking water (a tube would be put up his nose and down into his stomach through which water would be forced by means of a syringe! I think it got to him. He drank three cups of water yesterday afternoon and evening! \r\nApparently it worked very well! He had diarrhea early this morning. Now I am waiting for my son and the bath nurse to come and help. I can’t clean him up and change him by myself.


It's my husband's birthday. Daughter and her family coming up to celebrate. Mom has group today. I need to clean house and make cake and tacos. Excited to celebrate birthday, but stressed about what needs to get done.