As a caregiver, my life was filled with unknowns.
Many caregivers are caring for people with whom they have a difficult and complicated relationship with.
“So… How are YOU?” That depends on who’s asking. I mean, do they *really* want to know?
I needed to summon the courage to risk disappointing others by setting healthy boundaries because it was the only way I could ever take care of and love myself.
It was really upsetting to flip through this season’s magazines without finding a single helpful article on how to handle the holidays when you’re unable to celebrate the way you used to.
While caregiving, using “loving speech” made it possible for my husband and my mother-in-law to *hear* me and “compassionate listening” helped me *hear* them.
Today, the work I do it is a real manifestation of the love and devotion that went into my caregiving experience.
Be prepared… I’m prepared for everything. That’s the Boy Scout’s marching song…
I don’t know about you, but I’m really tired of going to websites and reading that I have to “take care of myself” if I’m going to be able to take care of the patient.