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Tara Marie Smith replied to Barbara Swartz's discussion Giving too much of my life to husband.
"I don't think you should feel guilty.  I think we all need to do things that we want to do.  For me,  I'm realizing that I can't keep putting my life on hold because my husband still hasn't fully recovered.…"
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Twila Harris replied to Barbara Swartz's discussion Giving too much of my life to husband.
"HI everyone, I took a trip to Vegas over the weekend , drove all the way by myself. I went to a baby shower and left the next day but it was better than nothing. Question? Should i feel bad when i do things without my husband?  I feel sad that…"
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Julie McGinn replied to Admin's discussion Help Us Get to Know You
"Thank you Phyllis. It all makes me think of the people I've known in the past that have been recovering from a stroke, I just had no idea what they were going through. I would love to be able to help others. Then I think about doing some…"
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Staci Blinn replied to Admin's discussion Expert Speak
"SMART Goals for Caregivers By Staci Blinn Celebrating the New Year may look different now than it did before you were a caregiver, and this can bring up some overwhelming feelings.  As the world celebrates the excitement of a new year and puts…"
Phyllis Torkelson replied to Admin's discussion Help Us Get to Know You
"Welcome to the group, Julie!! It is very nice to be able to "converse" with others on here.....for support, for venting, and for advice, it all helps us caregivers a lot. No one knows what we have been or are going through unless they…"
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Giving too much of my life to husband.

Started by Barbara Swartz in Tell Your Story, Get Support. Last reply by Tara Marie Smith 9 minutes ago. 9 Replies

I read this is how you get emotionally drained.  I guess I need to find a way to care about my life as much as I care abouthis.  Because I am sure drained right now.Continue

Help Us Get to Know You

Started by Admin in Tell Your Story, Get Support. Last reply by Julie McGinn 22 hours ago. 1073 Replies

This is a place to introduce yourself to the community. Share a little background about your situation and tell other caregivers your loved one’s stroke story. Talk about what interests you most…Continue

Expert Speak

Started by Admin in Topic of the Month. Last reply by Staci Blinn yesterday. 29 Replies

This area is for articles by healthcare professionals and other caregiving topic experts, written exclusively for Careliving℠ Community.Continue

That Was Then

Started by Rebecca in Tell Your Story, Get Support. Last reply by Diane Bianculli Jan 4. 19 Replies

When my husband ♥ David is asleep, I often gaze at him and silently ask, "Who are you? And what have you done with my husband?"( David and I met and fell in love way back in 1966 ... he was 15 and on…Continue


My Daughter -My Life

Posted by Jessica on December 14, 2016 at 7:43am 1 Comment

On May 11, 2016 my life forever changed. I got a phone call at midnight waking me from sleep from a friend of my daughter saying the ambulance was taking her to the hospital as she was having a stroke. I had to ask her to repeat this news three times as it was not making sense to me. My daughter Amie is only 32 years old, and had suffered a MAJOR ischemic stroke.

From the ER she was sent to an acute care unit where she remained for 3 1/2 weeks. All this time I stayed by her side, tending… Continue

Stroke #2

Posted by Pat Nixon on October 15, 2016 at 6:35pm 6 Comments

I've been a caregiver since 2011 when my husband had his first massive brain stem stroke.

It left him with complete right side paralysis.

Last Tuesday evening he collapsed in my kitchen. He was rushed to the hospital where they found he has had several new smaller strokes on his brain.

He was also in Afib.

Today he's still in the hospital and his good side is weakened, speech much more slurred and his emotional liability has increased.

Despite all his meds they are…


Grocery Store Trip First Day Back Home

Posted by Barbara Swartz on September 10, 2016 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

He came home from rehab at 10:30, by 2:20 we were out the door.  Had to pick up his prescriptions.  And needed to get some food he could eat.  It was a two hour adventure.  Steve held onto and steared cart with right hand.  We went very slow.  Luckily the parking lot has wide spaces.  And extra wide  between lanes.  So I was only sort of  thinking of getting the car out of the parking space without hitting a car.  But the trip. was stressful.  Can't wait till I can leave Steve at home and go…


Four Years And Counting

Posted by Kathy Swanson on August 18, 2016 at 11:00pm 9 Comments

It's been four years since my husband's devastating stroke that changed our lives forever. I no longer know how to feel. The day to day of caring for a quadriplegic is exhausting and never ending. I have no friends or family left. We are the forgotten. Good help is non existent. He has become my child looking to me for all the answers and I don't have them. I decide when he eats, drinks, baths, and when he goes to the bathroom. I give him his meds and injections I change his… Continue

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