A Caregiver's Journey: Seven Days

A Caregiver's Journey: Seven Days

Friends –I didn’t see it coming. That’s why the sand through my hourglass has showered a long stretch of ocean beach between now and the last time I dropped by CaringWise.com to say hello and to share yet another slice of the good, the challenging and the priceless moments of caring for my 87-year-old mother – along with an updated care-giving twist on tending to my former husband and forever friend, Coyote McCloud.

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Caregiver Gold

There is gold in these Caregiver Hills. Shiny flecks flash in sudden smiles. Nuggets nestle in lost memories found. And sometimes, caregivers are gold-rushed straight into the mines. At our house, that happens every Tuesday night when Mom volunteers answering a national prayer hotline for the Methodists. “Good evening,” she answers to each ring, “this is the Upper Room Prayer Line, how may I help you?”

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I am a Caregiver

Hello. My name is Susan and I’m a caregiver.
Okay, there it is, I’ve said it. No, I’m not looking for a Purple Heart, skipping a few flights in a 12-step program, or a personal stimulus package from Washington. All I want is freedom for myself and others like me to take the leap out of the proverbial pantry in order to admit, without explanation, why I “don’t seem like my old self” when people call, email or pass me on the street.

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