Posts Tagged ‘spousal caregiver’

When We Made Plans

(We welcome Megan, who cares for her husband, to our blogging team. You can connect with Megan on her profile page: @maymegs.) Silly dates at home or romantic dinners out We always had fun, there was no doubt Having friends over or meeting for drinks Talking, laughing, we didn’t even have to think But that…

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Caring Conversations: How To Help A Caregiver

Instead of making general offers, try naming specific ways to help a caregiver.

Perhaps you’re not a caregiver yourself, but you know someone who is. You know your friend or family member is feeling tired, overwhelmed, stressed out, or sad, and you want to extend your hand – but you’re not sure what to say. Often, when we aren’t sure how to help a caregiver, we say, “Let…

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Caring Conversations: Caregiver Loneliness During the Holidays

Caregiving schedules and responsibilities can cause you to experience feelings of loneliness, stress, sadness, or isolation during any time of the year. But for many people, these feelings can become stronger during the holiday season. If you’re feeling this way, you’re not alone. In addition to all the hustle and bustle we associate with the…

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Before the Diagnosis

The other day I had one of those unpleasant caregiving moments. I was trying to type a sentence to a friend and found myself in tears. My friend will be meeting my family later this year and it struck me that she’ll never know my husband the way others, who have known him for more…

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Grateful I Found Caregiving.com

(Editor’s Note: We welcome Janet, who cares for her husband, to our blogging team. You can connect with Janet on her profile page: @janetmorrison.) For years I’ve been caregiving with no regrets and always grateful that I’ve been able to take care of my husband and aging parents. So my husband has been immobile since…

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Depressed? Who Knows!

In January I wrote about my husband Steve and the challenge of getting him off one medication so he could go onto an antidepressant. My pharmacist brother-in-law said that Steve needed to titrate off the MAOI drug. None of Steve’s other medical professionals nor the pharmacist we used mentioned this. My BIL said that if…

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Well, Shut the Door!

Last night was our FTD chat. It is a chat we all seem to need. This is a complex disease which is rare and makes you feel very lonely and quite confused. We share a lot of the same feelings and concerns. I still find myself angry about some of Rod’s behaviors, especially in the…

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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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Facing Transitions

I’m Don, and my sweetie Elsie is moving deeper into her dementia slowly, day by day. I look back on last New Years and compare her abilities to this year’s end and I wonder how long we will have together. Oh how I want this final honeymoon to last, but I must face the reality…

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Step

I recently read an article that explained that, in vascular dementia, the progression of the disease is such that the individual may stay at a certain level of functioning for a long while and then take a big step downward. Well, there it was in black and white. It explained why Tommy no longer helps…

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Confessions of a Caregiver for a Career Caree

I am a terrible person! At least that is how I feel at times. My husband groans in pain and I roll my eyes. I am impatient at times. He complains that his back hurts, his bottom hurts, his neck hurts, his stomach hurts, and I clinch my teeth so the following words do not…

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Just Need to Vent

I need to vent to those who understand. Our hot water heater decided to become a fountain Tuesday morning. Instead of delivering hot water to the first floor, it wanted to greet the holiday season acting like a fountain and was spraying water from its top! Okay, we knew it was going to blow. And…

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