Caregivers after the storms of 2017


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I agree the tv coverage is heartbreaking.

I am on a trip. There’s no tv in the cabins. We’ve been here since Thursday.

Finally, today I reached a point of complete relaxation. I didn’t quite know what to do with myself with nothing to do!

I did hear about the fires in California. Hope Send and Ms Madge are okay.

Lizzy, I wasn't discouraged by reading your post. I'm encouraged and heartened to read stories of those who've survived. Although caregiving is challenging, I don't think anything compares with power loss for days or weeks (I'm thinking of Puerto Rico), flooding, destruction of houses, and literally completely starting all over while living on less than baseline existence levels.

What depressed me was the repeated photos the Internet and videos on tv of people in desperate situations, of the massive flooding, people crying, animals in distress and more.

While there were some good stories about people helping others, the news was so focused on gloom and doom that eventually I stopped watching b/c it was too heartbreaking.

Send, the videos of the CA wildfires have the same effect, and are equally if not more terrifying.

At this Christmastime, people are struggling. When it hits closer to home, it can be more difficult to maintain a semblance of "normal".
The fire storms in the bay area of California are now replaced with the fire storms in So. California, still burning. However, some are at 50% containment.
My heart goes out to everyone going through these disasters, and to those who are still recovering from the hurricanes.
However, I must limit the intake of news after I have checked on the basics.

Have a Christmas or a holiday anyway!

Hi Becky,

Glad you and your Papa are okay!

The Nursing Home evacuated their residents to a high school gym? Wow! I bet that was interesting but not in a good way.

I hope you and your family were all safe.

I watched the coverage of Irma on the Weather Channel. They were reporting from several places. Wasn’t Tampa hit pretty hard?

Luckily, Papa had just gone into a NH when Irma hit the Tampa area. We would have had a real time taking care of him with no electricity or water - and he would have refused to leave his home. It took a full week after he fell to convince him that he had to go to ER.

The NH evacuated and that caused Parkinson’s hallucinations to kick in. They were sheltered at a high school gymnasium. He was so out of control, they kept calling us in the middle of the night to talk to him, to try to calm him down. He also swore one of the residents there was his deceased wife, which she did not appreciate.

They certainly went above and beyond during that evacuation. When we saw them next, they just kept saying “Oh Boy, it was interesting!”

Your courage and positive outlook is encouraging in the face of this disaster.
Thank you for sharing, thank you so much.

That’s why I didn’t post too much or anything even on the Whine thread.

There are so many on this Forum struggling...really struggling in their caregiver journey.

I guess no matter where we live across the U.S. most of us risk the threat of natural disasters. Hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, flooding, the list goes on. We all face our risks head on to exist in our corner of paradise. Or to live where our families have called home for generations.

I hope this story didn’t depress anybody!

The donations thru foundations old and new to help individuals who truly need assistance have been enormous!

The inspiration I have seen in our community has been remarkable. Neighbors helping neighbors, the young able bodied helping the elderly. If anyone’s faith in humanity was slipping, it has been restored around here.

And our humor remains!

My daughter lives in town in a tiny historical home surrounded by gorgeous Victorian mansions. A couple days after the storm we left my rural home where my family sheltered to check on her house. As we were winding our way through streets covered with trees the affluent citizens of our fair city could be seen lounging in their yards and on their porches or manning chainsaws. We passed a guy, think Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief, shirtless and in holey  shorts, pulling a rolling cooler handing out frosty adult beverages. I thought the whole scene was comical. My 35yr old daughter on the other hand was not impressed seeing an overweight, shirtless, pillar of the community in that state. She launched into a hysterical rant, “I can never unsee that”! “I need to bleach my eyes”! We were laughing so hard! After we passed of course! But hey! The guy was making the best of a bad situation and NO ONE cared!

Yes. The stresses of caregiving are many and sometimes intense regardless if our loved ones are in a facility, fighting to remain in their home, or have moved into our homes.

The last of my elders that I cared for on different levels was my Mom who passed away in October 2015. I like so many others on this site have struggled to find my new normal. To build a new routine. To build structure, discipline, organization in my life that came so naturally to me as a caregiver.

The hurricane, as horrible as it was, has rebooted my “skills”. I have been able to assist my two adult kids with their journey with their insurance claims and wrangle the chaos that are the repairs at my home.

For those still in the trenches of caregiving and having to deal with damages, repairs, insurance, jobs and just life in all have my prayers. I don’t know how you are doing it.

Thank you Send for reaching out to me privately and asking others to publicly share their stories.

I think it's helpful to remember those who were caught in these natural disasters and are struggling just to maintain some semblance of life, let alone care for others.

These posts thus far are heartbreaking.

Thank you GA. I know people care, still hold them in our thoughts and prayers.
Caregiving is tough enough without a heavy natural disaster.

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