I would welcome hearing your stories of how you find your courage to be the best caregiver for your loved one. I feel challenged to find my courage sometimes. Hoping I am not alone. Yesterday was tough. Mom's pain management doctor clinic closed, and so we are waiting for her appointment to establish her with a new pain doctor. Her pain patches ran out in the meantime. Old doctor wont write prescription. New doctor wont write prescription. So, I went to her general doctor for help before she starts going into withdraw. I was told to take her to the ER when the pain gets too bad! oh my what has pain management come to that we have to have a patient in dire situation before a solution can be found. I started to leave, but then the thought of mom suffering was just unacceptable. I argued with the staff and insisted that one of the doctors in this very large doctor group could write a pain prescription and I would not leave till that was done. A couple of hours later, I left with a prescription for 30 days, enough to get us to the first appointment with the new pain management doctor. I kept thinking of my dad, who was my mother's caregiver before passing away, and how he would never give up till he had the best for mom. I love you and miss you Dad! I found my courage... at least for today.