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I Am a Caregiver

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    I Was, When I Was Alive. ...

    I was, when I was alive. Since my death, I put the caregiving on hold.
    numisiro numisiro 36-40, M Jul 9, 2008

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    I Am Grateful For Another Day

    My husband is disabled, we just got home from the E.R. He's feeling better but the DR can't seem to find a cause for his illness. He's been sick for years but lately it's been getting worse. The complaints about his pain is almost constant now. I try my best to be positive and do...
    cbrezrunner cbrezrunner 51-55, F 4 Responses Dec 24, 2009

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    What The Heck?

    I spent my entire life as a caregiver.  First for my siblings, to make up for brutal sadistic parents.  Then came single parenthood.  Worked 35yrs as a nurse.  Last gig was a husband with Vascular Dementia.  That finished my caregiver role.  He is in a care home.  Now when...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 12, 2011

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    I Take Care Of 5 Different People By Myself

    I am a caregiver for paranoid schizophrenics, I take care of five at a time, I am the only one on shift. I stay over for two nights, so I am there for 48hrs. It's not an easy job, but it isn't as bad as people think. I'm in charge of meds, which can be a tough job because there...
    SammiBee23 SammiBee23 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    Can Anyone Help?

    Skyler is also known as my sunshine. Skyler is 9 1/2 yrs old and has Asperger Syndrome which is on the lower end of the Autism spectrum. Along with Asperger's Skyler also has PDD, ADD, ADHD,OCD, and a few other learning disorders. All this being said he can be a challenge at...
    angelzevil angelzevil 26-30, F 5 Responses Mar 19, 2010

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    Caring For Husband With Terminal Cancer

    Scott is my husband of 10 years and he was diagnosed with stage 4 Nasopharyngeal cancer - probably from smoking and drinking - in December 2009. He underwent 32 radiations treatments (the doctor had ordered 40 but he could only complete 32. He was also given chemotherapy for 9...
    darra1960 darra1960 46-50 3 Responses Apr 27, 2011

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    I am a caregiver. I have been one

    for quite a few years. It makes me upset when people put their relatives in a home then only visit them on a holiday or once a year.
    drummer173 drummer173 46-50, M 2 days ago

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    Caregiver Bathing Aid Tips For Osteoporosis Safe Bathing

    Many elderly people want to live independently as much as possible, without the worry of the barriers in living that simple tasks can present.  Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease. An estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis.  Being a...
    ellasbath ellasbath 66-70, F Nov 5, 2009

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    A Role No One Chooses, Part 2

    Todd is the mildly retarded senior citizen diagnosed with Stage IV congestive heart failure with a life expectancy of one to two years and for whom I have become full-time caregiver. We saw his cardiologist's nurse practitioner two days ago for the results of Todd's latest...
    cmmacneil cmmacneil 51-55, M 3 Responses Jun 17, 2012

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    Single Mom to Special Needs Child and Caregiver

    Hello.. I find myself part of the "sandwich generation". I'm a single mom to my 9 year old who is a special needs child and also caregiver for my 79 year old mom with stage 4 cancer. I would love to discuss this situation with others in the same boat of being a...
    IrishDancinMum IrishDancinMum 46-50, F 4 Responses Dec 7, 2007

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    It Get's Stressful

    I Take Care of My Grandfather Whom is 73 Years old. He has diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Rhenal Failure. I Have been Caring For him For A long time. Sometimes It gets hard. I wish I could Run away. The Thing that keeps Me Here Is Knowing That He is happy, and satisfied...
    CountryAngel CountryAngel 18-21 1 Response Oct 10, 2008

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    My Wife's Grandmother.

    A little less than three years ago my wife and I moved into her grandmothers home to help her out with day to day stuff and help keep the house from permanently falling into the hands of the mice.  She was 90 yrs old and wasn't able to safely do it on her own anymore. ...
    billyinvt billyinvt 36-40, M 3 Responses Oct 1, 2007

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    Caring For Grandma... I Put Dad In His Place...part 2

    This is part two of my first post. So it has been a few months since all this drama went down. Things have finally settled down. I read my father the riot act and told him he had to be there day to day to be able to make decisions regarding my Grandma.. He was actually very...
    phishprincess phishprincess 26-30, F Sep 23, 2010

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    Unexpected Sorrow

    I am my daugters care giver. My daughter is 27 years old she has systemic lupus.   My daughter was dx with Lupus when she was 12 years old. But as a baby three months old she had this angry rash that got worse when ever I breast fed her. I took her to the pediatrician...
    nascency365 nascency365 51-55 1 Response Mar 19, 2010

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    I have been coping with my grandmother having

    lung cancer for three years now. This past year has been the hardest yet. And on top of that my other grandmother has dementia. Knowing that both of my grandmas are going down hill at the same time isn't the easiest thing to deal with. Not knowing when the last time I'm going...
    Angelmarie14 Angelmarie14 18-21, F Dec 9, 2013

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    The Old Bat

    I am the caregiver for my man's 87 year old mother.  I used to be an over the road truck driver, and my man drives also. When I lost my job a year ago, we decided that instead of me getting another driving job that I would stay home and keep an eye on her.  We moved her into...
    sugarmagnolia71743 sugarmagnolia71743 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 22, 2011

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    It Feels Like An Alien Abduction

    When I arrived home from my job as a social worker in a small city on July 17th, fourteen days before our first wedding anniversary, I was surprised to learn that my husband wanted to drive 25 miles to a favorite restaurant for dinner, because he hadn't been feeling well for a...
    mamapolo mamapolo 56-60, F 4 Responses Sep 4, 2008

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    Caring For Both Of My Parents Who Have Advanced Cancer

    This has been the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Both of my parents were diagnosed with lung cancer two weeks apart from one another a year ago. They live in New Orleans, where I am from, and I reside in Portland, Oregon. Two weeks ago I left my life in Portland and...
    mistydew mistydew 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 24, 2010

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    Falling In Love With 3 People

    I am currently in a relationship with the most beautiful person I think has ever been placed on this Earth. He has epilepsy, Dissociative Identity Disorder, major depression, and schizoaffective disorder. His mother has passed away, he has no relationship with his father, and his...
    Waiting4Zion Waiting4Zion 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 18, 2012

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    Since 2011, I've been taking care of my

    grandmother. For the first year, it looked as though she wasn't going to make it for very long. Now, she's just a few weeks shy of turning 90! That's quite an accomplishment! Not to get her to 100! :D
    Whoami30 Whoami30 26-30, M Mar 24

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    One Shoe

    I found Dad sitting on the edge of his bed this morning, one shoe off, one shoe on, staring down at the floor. That image will stay with me forever. In many ways it's like he's still present in this world, but with one foot in and one foot out. Here physically, but his heart is...
    Harley53 Harley53 56-60, F Jul 2, 2010

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    About My Sister

    My sister was diagnosed with a tumour on her brain. Files were lost, pushed around, etc., and finally 3 months later, she was scheduled for surgical removal of this tumour. The surgeon proceeded with a 3 month old MRI on an aggressive tumour, which was like operating without a...
    ceema ceema 46-50, F Sep 18, 2011

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    CARING For Someone We Love.

    My name is Isabel from Melbourne, Australia. The insperation  why I build my site is my husband John. I am new at doing this, but as I learn hopefully will improve in the future & looks much better & nicer.For me this is very imotional to do this.Which is also...
    iamfairy iamfairy 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 14, 2007

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    I Want to Detatch From My Alcoholic Daughter

    I am a caregiver, it's how I earn my paycheck, been in corporate america for 25 years but times have changed and I found a job doing what comes natural to me , caring for others. My daughter is a fully blown addict ( drugs and alcohol ). I have been her co-dependant since she...
    caretoomuch caretoomuch 56-60, F 2 Responses Sep 15, 2008

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    I Did Something Nice For A Client Yesturday.

    My story begins on looking for a tv for a client of mine. He is in his 60's and it is hard for him to get around during the winter time.So i went on my local freecycle.com to see if i could find him a tv. Well low and behold a family was giving there tv away because they got a...
    amksmithline amksmithline 46-50, F Feb 12, 2011

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    I Am a Caregiver

    I am a caregiver to my elderly grandparents. My grandmother is 91 and my grandfather will be 84 in July. My grandmother has COPD and my grandfather is slow mentally. He's actually my step-grandfather but that's a whole other story. They weren't being treated fairly where they...
    deadredhead deadredhead 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 19, 2007

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    Funny Things People Say To Caregivers

    Whenever I write or talk about this, people get very serious, and try to lecture me.  All I'm trying to do is have a laugh.  I really am trying to be funny.  Here are some of the things people say to me about my caregiving situation.  I think they're funny."What can I do...
    BlueSam BlueSam 51-55 6 Responses Sep 29, 2011

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    Always Have Been

    I help others in part to hide from my own issues. I think my friend "denial" plays a big part in it. Don't get me wrong, I have a huge heart that breaks easily but I continue to put it out there in hopes that I'll bring joy to someone else. I will spend every waking...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 1, 2007

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    Lines You Wont Cross

    being a caregiver is tricky...its a wonderful personality trait to have but it can get tricky...because we can care for others...but it is only good and healthy if that person cares back...or sometimes someone doesnt give in the same way you need, not their fault there are...
    wickedlittlepixie wickedlittlepixie 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2012

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    I Am An Exhausted Caregiver

    I am a caregiver/support staff to 4 clients in a group home but usually care for only one of them... A very disturbed young lady with a wide array of disorders..one of them being multiple personalities. She's quite frightening when she becomes the violent one and will attack...
    cherrypoop cherrypoop 22-25 2 Responses Nov 7, 2011

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    Stage 4 Lung Cancer

      The CareGiver He was my best friend and he had no family after his brother was found dead from a boat accident. He had always been there for me when I needed him. Like the time I need a place to live and didnt have enough money for the deposit or to get the lights...
    magicwolf magicwolf 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 8, 2009

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    Im My Older Sisters Caregiver.

    Her name is mandy she's 24 and im 20. She was in an accident in 2005 that left her with permanent brain damage and some physical damage too. She needs a walker because she's recently had a stroke and her left side was affected bad. She's been in and out of therapy since the...
    MissMickles MissMickles 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 16, 2009

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    It Can Be Draining

    i have worked in a mental health facility for 14 yrs and, although it can be rewarding, it can also take a toll on you as well. couple that with looking after my disabled sister, who has arthritis and avascular necrosis of the talus, among other things, and sometimes i am just...
    jerrica jerrica 41-45, F 20 Responses Oct 29, 2008

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    A Role No One Chooses

    I was only acquainted with but did not know the neighborhood man everyone called Todd, a senior citizen who I noticed was the target of cruel comments by the kids in the neighborhood. But I started to know him that Thursday morning in January 2009. One of those Midwest savage...
    cmmacneil cmmacneil 51-55, M 7 Responses May 13, 2012

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    A Role No One Chooses, Part 3

    Due undoubtedly to my background in journalism, I have a respect for the power and potential of the written word. It can be cathartic, giving voice to thoughts and feelings whose emotions can cloud a reality that, despite our knowing we must face, can be tinged with denial. And...
    cmmacneil cmmacneil 51-55, M 4 Responses Jun 23, 2012

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    I guess this is a crisis post.

    I'm at the point of being so confused and overwhelmed by a situation which I have so little control over that this feels like the only way I can get some advice, opinions, and get this off my chest at the same time. I am in my twenties, doing my Masters, engaged, and just lost...
    caringforcaregivers caringforcaregivers 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 28, 2013

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    Caregiver For Cancer

    I've become a caregiver. If someone was taking applications for caregiver I'd never get the job.  After 26 months of on the job experience I still don't know if I'm well suited for my new role.  New challenges appear weekly and change like weather patterns.  My...
    sladen sladen 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 13, 2008

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    One Day At A Time...

    My mother, 77, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I relocated to be with her and be her full time caregiver. With both daughters grown and on their own and having just gotten divorced, it was not a difficult decision. I'm just beginning to wade through this river of...
    odaat3 odaat3 51-55, F Oct 7, 2012

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    Caring For Grandma... Dad Is Interfering

    HI All, I have been looking for someone/something/someplace to be able to share and connect with others. So 2 months ago my Grandma had a stroke while we were out for lunch, she all of a sudden could not write her own name - to sign for the bill at the restaurant. I knew...
    phishprincess phishprincess 26-30, F 9 Responses Jul 21, 2010

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    Doing My Duty

    My parents, both in their 60's, are nearing the end of their life. My mother suffers from dementia and my father has emphysema and COPD. I am starting to wonder if he may have cancer as well. My parents hate doctors and usually refuse to see one. Which makes my job even harder. I...
    carodwen carodwen 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    Single Mom and Caregiver to My Mom

    Hello... I'm both...a single mom and a caregiver for my mom. Anyone else? Kirsty
    IrishDancinMum IrishDancinMum 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2007

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    It Has Only Gotten Worse And Will Get Even More Worse.....

    For the last two months I have been in and out of hospitals with my mom. Last month she has an episode in her sleep that left her left side pretty much paralyzed and her face was the most prominent. I decided to take her to the hospital and they treated her as a stroke patient...
    carodwen carodwen 31-35, F 2 Responses May 28, 2013

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    Serenity Amidst Calamity

    About 2 months ago I was told my sister whose body is 53 but she is 5, 6 or 7 emotionally, had stage 4 rectal cancer which involves her liver and more.  She had 6 months to a year to live...closer to 6 months.  I am her sole caregiver.  When 1st told, my Higher...
    samstarr samstarr 61-65, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2007

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    Certified Cena

    I have been a certified Nurse Aide for about 2 years now, this is the best work I have ever done! I absolutely love working in this field, especially elderly care, dementia, and end of life care, what a blessing to be a part of ones life at this time, some believe it or not pass...
    Mystic44 Mystic44 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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    My Autistic Brother

    My name is Shaina and I am 22 years old. My 17 year old brother has autism and I am his personal care assistant. I love my brother and would do anything for him. He has trouble with speech and tends to spit at people. He sometimes has tantrums and lashes out at people. My...
    Shaina88meow Shaina88meow 22-25 Sep 26, 2010

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    Empty Tank

    Hi - I'll be brief. April 1 (ha ha), 2004, my husband called my office where I was supremely happy and we had just relocated to plan our retirement in 10 years. From that call, until he died of ocular melanoma on June 16, 2008, I was a full-time caregiver and worked full-time...
    abff0890 abff0890 56-60 5 Responses Jan 20, 2011

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    It Makes Me Feel Good

    I am a long term caregiver for a few people and I am a respite caregiver for a few people. I really do like me job.It makes me feel good to help people. Not all of my clients are nice but I understand why they are unhappy. Others are really cool people. They all deserve care and...
    lyricaldemise lyricaldemise 36-40 1 Response Aug 17, 2013

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    The Perfect Fit.

    I am a caregiver, or as the agency I work with calls it, a support person. Our organization uses a person-centered approach to make the people we work with feel safe, loved and engaged (Gentle Teaching). At first I thought it was totally weird and kind of rolled my eyes at it...
    Astroluxgal Astroluxgal 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 17, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    I am married to an incredible man. When we met he warned me of his disability. To look at him, you would never know he suffers from debilitating back and spinal pain. Yet, he...
    hedymorris hedymorris 46-50, F Apr 3

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    ever since my mother passed away,every thing i read and watch has something to do with it.Some people say it's just because i'm simply sensitive to these things because of my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 15

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    What ten minutes of your life would you choose to return to for just ten minutes? The reality is we never get that choice in a conscious manner, happenstance or serendipitous...
    oldbaldguy oldbaldguy 70+, M Mar 30

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    I don't think I can forgive my husband for the way that he acted when my father got sick and passed away from prostate cancer after a 10 year battle against it. My dad was pretty...
    idk8 idk8 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    I am 36 years old and am in a loving relationship, have 3 children (one of whom is actually my niece) but have lost the rest of my family to death in the last 10yrs and was primary...
    renoakahelen renoakahelen 36-40, F Mar 29

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    Confused Little Girl- I did not even know I had a biological father until a judge ordered me to his custody in Europe. Before that I lived with my widowed stepfather. My mother had...
    StandoffishBrat StandoffishBrat 18-21 Apr 1

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    My Mom died this past weekend. It wasn't a surprise, but I was her caregiver and I'm beyond devastated. I honestly think I'm going to have to go to my doctor for something to...
    eanne5 eanne5 46-50, F Apr 1

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    1/365Persona - Ingmar Bergman masterpiece from 1966Actress Elisabet Vogler has stopped speaking and withdrawn completely. Under doctor's orders, she's taken to a remote seaside...
    0nest0 0nest0 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 9

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