One of the best things to happen this past year, is the opportunity to write and record my caregiving experiences. I have been “blogging” for just a few months and it has become a tool of therapy for me. I love to write and between the caregiving tasks, I am exploring this more. People have been kind to me and I am appreciative of the people that follow this blog and comment. It is another means of social interaction that keeps me connected to life.
Another good thing to come out of this experience is the confidence in my abilities to manage the two men who live with me. Obviously, no one goes to school to learn how to dress your husband or give him a sponge bath. No one goes to school to learn how to interact and be attentive to the many needs of a 90 year old father-in-law. It has been a crash course in learning each new skill. I have learned so much and have realized that I am capable of handling a lot more than I ever imagined.
Many caregivers feel very isolated. They don’t have opportunities for social interactions and friends seem to disappear quickly. I understand these feelings completely. Despite all it’s challenges, the internet is a great resource for people with common interests to share information. If you are on this caregiving journey as I am, you have found a kindred spirit in me. You are not alone. I wish you peace. I wish you hope. I wish you strength.