Now what... life after caregiving.
Hi. I have classic burnout syndrome, typical family problems, and a physically demanding (not emotionally, thank God) patient who happens to be my last living Grandparent. I've been with him for 18 months and in the last month he has been steadily heading down hill. I was convinced the last episode of delirium was just like all the others... lasting 3 - 4 days followed by 6 - 7 good days. Well, that 3 - 4 ended but ended at 1:30am today with him peacefully slipping away from us.
NOW WHAT??? What am I supposed to do with myself? Where do I go from here? What is my life if it's not "caretaker"? What do I do with the grief on top of the lost feelings?
Burnout over, right? Family problems gone, right? Physical demands done, right? NOW WHAT DO I DO????