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


Tell Us: What’s Your 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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Regular caregiver is sick.

Today was very stressful. I had to listen to my husband tell the same stories over and over from his past and then he turned on me at the end of the day and blamed me for the shape he’s in (dementia and pulmonary fibrosis). I get so tired and depressed. He’s negative and unhappy almost all of the time and the only way I can cope is by getting out of the house to clear my head. He never stops talking except when he’s sleeping. He is extremely critical of everything I do. Some days are of course worse than others and this was a particularly bad one.

Today's stress is just trying to get out of the house, I am heading out of town for one night to attend the Caregivers Conference in Wimberly on Saturday. I need to stop at work to do a few things and then lead the Caregivers Support group meeting before heading out of town. Leaving my husband is a difficult task even with my son there to watch over things. He has severe food allergies so I have to have each meal prepared ahead of time so he is able to eat while I am gone. Trying to think through everything he needs before I leave is a monumental task and I feel I never am able to fully have everything ready by the time I go, although he survives each time. The fact that he is struggling with moving from his scooter to a chair is stressful, will he be okay while I am gone? How many times will he fall? Prayers that he won't hurt himself. I canceled a trip to MA recently to visit my 85-year-old mother because I knew I couldn't leave him for more than a day. We lost my dad a year ago May and I haven't been able to make it home to see her since the funeral in June of 2018. Stress comes in lots of different forms, I did get out of the house this morning, got things done at work that needed to be taken care of and the Caregiver Support Group meeting went really well. I made it to Wimberly, we'll see how things go at home while I am gone. :)