Posts Tagged ‘bad days’

Caregiving and Outside Forces of Pain

Was this past week hard for you?  It sure was for me and it greatly affected my patience level with my mother.  Despite trying really hard, I found myself caught up in what unfolded on Thursday.  I just felt so sad and depressed all day and so powerless.  I am not a victim of sexual…

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Sorry Dad, I Need To Be The Bad Guy

I still remember the call from my mother. “Your dad was in another accident.” This time, while trying to park, he overshot the space, went over a curb and the car landed in a ditch.   Someone in a nearby store called the police and they came and helped him out of the car and drove…

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My Mini Meltdown

Last week, I had a “mini-meltdown.” I had a really stressful day at work where everything that could go wrong did go wrong, my knee was really hurting and I was feeling really overwhelmed. When I came home from work, I wanted nothing more than to be with my dogs, on the couch and not…

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Such A Little Thing, But Is it?

True confession – I sometimes like to spend more time with my dogs than with people. I have 2 dogs – Malke (a therapy dog for Caregiver Canines®) and Coco (the boss). My dogs provide me nonjudgmental, no baggage- attached pure love and stress relief. Coco is a 12 pound Morkie who we adopted from…

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Tell Us: What’s the Secret to a Good Life?

As I reflect on the start of 2017, I wonder about the lives we lead. Sometimes, life seems to hold a secret, especially for the life that we categorize as “good.” So, I’d like for you to share your thoughts: What’s the secret to a good life? What gives us a good life? How do…

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Battle for a Broadcast

(Editor’s Note: Today we welcome Virginia, who cares for her mom, to our blogging team. You can connect with Virginia on her profile page: @youngcaregiver.) On days when I work mornings or do not work at all, the evening is my favorite time of the day. Well, it used to be. Although I love when…

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Medication Frustration

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been here, so I’ll briefly reintroduce myself. My husband and I have been married 25 years. Six years ago when Steve was 55, he was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and was put on disability by his employer. When he couldn’t return to work a year later, he…

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Rough Week Finally Ending

I am the person who researches A LOT. I know about all there is to know about frontotemporal degeneration since this journey began. On Tuesday, I decided to attend a local FTD support group. I followed my Garmin instructions and it took me two hours to get there! It is a 45-minute drive. The traffic…

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It Was Definitely a Weird Night

It’s been six months since I have blogged, a fact I have been reminded of by two friends. It’s not that things have or haven’t happened, I just sometimes feel like by the time I get around to writing about something, maybe it’s a non-issue. This incident happened Friday night, and while I could easily…

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Aftergiving, Caregiving, and Divine Appointments

If you follow my blog you know that I am a 40-something, sandwich generation caregiver to my mom, Grace, who suffers from mixed dementia. As I have mentioned before, her old church friends still visit her on Sundays and the deacons from her church bring her communion. This is a nice gesture because nowadays the…

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EXTREME Caregiving: A New Approach

magA few days ago I was at such a low point. SIL (as shared previously) was falling and we figured out it was attention seeking. I got so hurt and confused. I usually take things in stride, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t this time. The pressures of the situation caught up I guess.…

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In Six Words, When Do You Feel Defeated?

We want to stay positive, keep the faith, keep the light of hope flickering. But the bad news that happens during the day can stifle that light in a second. When do you feel defeated? Share a six-word story about the times you feel defeated in our comments section, below. 0

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