I notice several different "types" of caregivers. The Professionals (God bless THOSE special people) The 24/7 live in daughters/sons.....
The children with loved ones in nursing homes, AL, or living in separate homes, and the ones with professionals in there own homes doing the brunt of the physical work. There are probably other situations as well but these are the types Iv'e read about most here. God bless us all, because each situation is difficult at best and hell at it's worst.
I have just switched from 24/7 in my home, to Mom in nursing home, with me as primary visitor/communicator/ advocate and guardian. The NH is temporary and in a few months I will change again to having professional help but still overseeing her care. I just want to be her companion, best friend and daughter. I like how Capt says "life partner".
The 24/7 thing did not end well. As most of you know I had a massive heart attack and was diagnosed with diabetes. I am slowly getting my physical strength back and am looking at this time that she is away as time to take care of myself, not just physically but mentally and emotionally too.
I came here a naive virgin and am now a tired veteran. You people helped my through that first, and in my opinion, hardest stage of care giving. I know some of you (pam lol) will think I'm crazy to continue this journey, and others (bob) will understand my intentions. God/life led me here for a reason and I can not and will not break promises I've made.
I've been quiet here lately but I think I'm going to need plenty of new advice for the new care-giving types that I have moved on to.
I love and admire so many of you kind strangers. Thanks for listening and always being here.