Caregivng Tips Needed

“X-rays today show a very subtle nondisplaced fracture of the lateral and posterior malleolus.  The ankle mortise is intact.  There is no evidence of a medial fracture.”

Translation: Brenda severely sprained and fractured her ankle.  No golf.  No walking.  No biking.  No weight-bearing for a while.  In two seconds she became the patient and I have become the caregiver.  I bring pillows, open windows, cook meals, mop floors, get medications, fill the ice pads, get the tv remotes, and have actually learned how to operate the washer and dryer.  Yes, miracles still exist!  I’m not complaining!  I love caring for her and serving her.

BUT I will be honest and admit there are times I am a little more ornery than usual, tired, and can easily get frustrated.  I feel guilty wanting to get a break and go for a bike ride, not wanting to leave her alone.  It is amazing how quickly I am brought back to caring for David.

So here is my request.  Many of you are seasoned caregivers.  I need your wisdom.  I need some of your tips.  I want to excel in caring for Brenda and for myself.  So what is your advice?  I look forward to hearing from you.

Warren, A Fellow Caregiver!

PS: Shhh….It is Brenda’s birthday on Friday.  Let’s make her feel loved and not alone.