Tell Us: What's Your Trauma?

Denise

Tell Us: What's Your Trauma?

Denise
On Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law shared how upsetting it is to see my mom, who seems to disappear a little bit every day.

What we witness during caregiving can really be traumatic. I think of a terrible fall my mom took in December 2014 and my heart races. (Read Oh, Bloody Hell, A Fall.) I can't help but think, What if I didn't see her fall? She would have laid outside on the concrete for hours. I think about the trauma of my dad's despair after my mom's internal bleeds.

We see and feel so much that changes us in a way only a trauma can do. Sometimes, the trauma happens when we witness a heart attack or stroke or medical interventions. Sometimes, the trauma occurs when we can't take away the pain and suffering.

What's been traumatic for you? Please share your experiences with what you witness during caregiving and how it impacts you today. Tell us about your traumatic experiences in our comments section, below.

Like this article? Share on social