When I wrote More About Me, my intention was to draw attention to the amount of work that caregivers shoulder in addition to their regular duties. I know that all of my extra activities—mental, physical and emotional—are very light in comparison to someone who is care giver to someone who will never fully recover, or will never recover at all. Unfortunately, that didn’t come across in the blog. I guess that I was too tired to realize that I didn’t exactly say what I meant.
Duane still has a long way to go, but every day he takes on more and more of his care. His recovery is actually accelerating as he keeps working hard. That leaves more time for my recovery. I find that I need to get enough rest and relaxation so that when Duane gets grumpy or discouraged, I can keep my good humor and hopefully restore his. I don’t see how people in it for the long term can do it. I just know that I’m glad that I don’t have to.
One more doctor visit tomorrow.
Louise and Duane