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1/9/07 12:35 P

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Hi MIZCOFFEY!

I'm 54 and the full time caregiver for my mom who has alzheimer's. I have to say that there have been so many times in the past few years where I feel alone, even with family support, and just being part of the SP family for a week has helped me alot. It's amazing how much support is out there. I also know that losing weight and feeling better about myself will help me take batter care of my mom. I do have someone come in once a week for about 4-5 hours from an organization called Visiting Angels. There are a lot of organizations out there who can possible lend you a hand. Some in home, and some out of the home. You're in my thoughts.

Judy

P.S. Hi Linda, hope you're doing well!

Judy
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1/9/07 9:21 A

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good morning ladies-all of you are to be commended for your love,care and concern that you give to others in their time of need.it is a real struggle to get through most days and most people don't even know what you are going through.take some time for yourselves-they have adult day care in most places,or maybe a friend or family member can help with your loved ones.find at least 5 min. in the day for your meditation or prayers.stay on this site and get out every once in awhile-take them outdoors if you can.the sun is very therapuetic.love yourself as much as you love them.and,ladies,this comes from a person who has spent her life working in health of aged persons and caregiver professionaly and personaly;thank you for caring for our disabled-God has given us a gift with you caregivers.

...let us exult while in tribulations,since we know that tribulation produces endurance. Romans5:3b-


 
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1/9/07 2:01 A

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Hi MZCOFFEY! I am in the same boat! My husband got sick 18 years ago with a headache. Three brain surgeries and a stroke later, our lives had completely changed. I know exactly how you feel. I am a caregiver 24/7, seven days a week, etc. It is a very stressful situation and one would think after this long I would be able to handle it on the fly! It doesn't work like that.

Contact me anytime you need to vent. Been there, done that. Welcome to SP! I have found a life line here and I plan on staying.

If this forum doesn't help you, keep looking-I am also on the Emotional Eaters forum.

Good Luck!

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1/9/07 12:54 A

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MZ,
So sorry youre going thru such a tough time. Welcome to our spark group, There are a lot of loving caring people here for you

Kathy

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1/9/07 12:34 A

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I know exactly what you're going through. I was in the same situation 5 years ago with my mother and my older sister. Your life takes a back seat to theirs. But that's ok. You just have to make a point of doing something for yourself every once in a while. It gives you a rest and gives you energy to going back and dealing. Hang in there with your diet and know that we're here when you need to talk.

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1/9/07 12:11 A

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My husband is on kidney dialysis and my Dad is in poor health and I am the one to take care of them both. I have gianed and lost hundreds of pounds over my lifetime. I need to lose weight and I am trying to make a lifestyle change, not one more diet.I have been working on this change for 8 days now. I am not telling my husband or Dad what I'm trying to do, I'm keeping this to myself and only sharing with the SP folks. I feel like I will do better if I do it on my own without my family and there advice. So, I'm making it one day at a time and setting small goals for myself.

Being the caregiver and seeing your loved ones in pain is hard to deal with everyday. I know that God is providing me the strenght to do this. Is anyone in this type of situation on the 50+ females?

 
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