This is the place to share your thoughts and tell us all how your day is going!Original message dated 06/12/12:I must admit, when I found out about this Careliving site, I had such high hopes. Wow, a…Continue
Do you ever wonder what might make you happy? When was the last time you felt happy, loved or supported? I realize I am whining and feeling so "poor me" at the moment. I'll admit it doesn't happen…Continue
I found this site thinking it would make me feel more optimistic about what my Mom's (and my family's) future might look like. It hasn't done that. I feel like I am reading glimpses into our future…Continue
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
On August 19, 2015 it will be three years since the brainstem stroke that devastated our lives. My husband, Ron, will never be the same again. He is now a quadriplegic with all that implies.
Three years ago when we were in ICU , acute care and rehab I wish their was someone anyone who could have told me what I would be facing in the months and years to come. We were sent home with a bed and a lift not even a wheel chair. I received no training did not know what a UTI was or what to…Continue
My mother had an aortic dissection 2 years ago (March, 2013 when she was 62). She collapsed on a ski slope. She had an emergency valve replacement that was successful. A year and a half later, she had her descending Aorta repaired more extensively with a two part surgery that involved a second open heart surgery, a gore-tex lining to her aorta, and a few months with a wound vac. 2 months after the end of that surgery, she got shining reviews from her surgeon and was ready to live life…Continue
1) The wrong thing to say is anything that implies that you don't understand how completely my world was turned upside down by my mother dying.
Don't ask my professional and geographical plans, at least not to start a conversation. These are hard questions, even when I'm not dealing with grief; Even when my world has not just been turned upside down. You'll probably know what comes next soon after I know what comes next.
2) The wrong thing is anything that implies that I…Continue
I think the idea that there are steps to grieving or that there is a point when you get over the grief is totally wrong. However, as you said, it is correct is that we are not prepared for it. I think our society is a bit in denial of death. And though the loss of a loved one is one of the most natural processes, more natural than even birth, I would argue, we have this perception of it as an anomaly. I think we can change this by talking about death more over the course of our whole…Continue