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« Reply #80 on: July 20, 2017, 03:32:22 PM »
Been thinking of my wife a lot and dug up this to read again. Some have young families to deal with but in most cases we're caring for a partner or parent in a later phase of life. When my mobility goes due to my back and I'm not able to move around the yard or even much around the house I've come to realize how great a load my wife has to take with me added on to the rest of the family cares. I don't like how hard it is for her but we certainly wouldn't want anyone else involved with my care. Just adding to the thought of making sure we care for the caregiver. I hate being a burden on others but sure appreciate a committed wife and family.
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« Reply #81 on: July 20, 2017, 10:00:32 PM »
Griz, good on ya to think that way. Take it from someone with 18 years of 24/7 caregiver experience. If you get disabled, believe me, you will put more pressure and angst on her than you could dream of. Caregiver responsibility can literally break a persons will to live. I'm fortunate to have had a lot of good help...
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« Reply #82 on: July 21, 2017, 11:08:55 AM »
My wife went into hospital two weeks ago, she had severely low blood sugar. We think she have got absent minded and took a double dose of insulin. She was then moved to hospice to give me some respite, I am pretty much worn out.
We are hoping she can come home Tuesday but that will depend on her condition. We are both very lonely but we have to live with that, there will soon come a point when she is in care full time. This is not what we signed on for but is the hand we have been dealt and must play. I fully empathize with those who are going through this, it is a hard road to travel.
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« Reply #83 on: July 22, 2017, 06:03:57 AM »
It is said that a Mother can take care of ten children.  But ten children can not take care of her .  When big storms like Katrina happen , for days people were told to leave . If it happens in a big city no one is prepared. If it happens in a rural community the shelters are open but no one comes.  They are prepared for some what if situations. Strength , knowledge and your life experiences will get you thru incredibly Tough Times.
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« Reply #84 on: August 09, 2017, 10:08:02 AM »
My friend had an Autistic Boy that is ten years old.  The boy ran away yesterday , but he did come back. She is looking for any kind of cheap tracking device like maybe for his shoe or a watch ?
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« Reply #85 on: August 09, 2017, 11:23:48 AM »
Karen was at the hospice for a couple of weeks to give me some respite, I was absolutely exhausted. She came home and seemed to be doing ok, we were out Thursday for an enjoyable day, but Friday she was having serious problems and taken back to hospital.
She has now lost any strength in her legs so will be going to hospice as soon as they find a bed. It has taken a lot of pressure off me, I simply can no longer take care of her, but the reality is sinking in. This is the final stage. She is alert and well aware of what is happening yet is quite calm. She is really looking forward to seeing her family this weekend for her birthday but I fear she may slip away quickly once they are gone, there will be nothing left for her to do.
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« Reply #86 on: August 09, 2017, 11:42:08 AM »
My friend had an Autistic Boy that is ten years old.  The boy ran away yesterday , but he did come back. She is looking for any kind of cheap tracking device like maybe for his shoe or a watch ?

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« Reply #87 on: August 09, 2017, 03:00:59 PM »
Sawguy,

My heart goes out to you. 
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« Reply #88 on: August 09, 2017, 04:16:45 PM »
sawguy21,
Sending prayers for yours and Karen's comfort in the days ahead. We hope for the best for you both.

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« Reply #89 on: August 09, 2017, 09:09:38 PM »
sawguy21, my Prayers are with both you and Karen as you face the difficult time ahead.
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« Reply #90 on: August 09, 2017, 09:17:54 PM »
sawguy21,I'm a long ways from ya,but I will be thinking of you both.
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« Reply #91 on: August 12, 2017, 07:30:01 AM »
Sawguy21 thinking of you and your family
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« Reply #92 on: August 12, 2017, 08:15:47 AM »
Sawguy21 sorry to hear what has happened

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« Reply #93 on: August 12, 2017, 10:11:15 AM »
A caution for anyone using a power wheelchair...Most of them have a fold-up foot rest..Pretty common for users to ride with the foot rest folded up and let their feet slide along on the floor...NOT a good idea..Wife was rolling down the driveway at a pretty good clip, feet sliding on the pavement. Toe of a shoe caught on a crack and folded her foot back under the chair. Nothing broken, but stretched tendons and pulled muscles. The other foot is completely non-functional from a stroke...Result is a totally non-mobile person, transfer to/from wheelchair requires lifting and turning, definitely not good for my back. Had to stay right in the house and wait on her hand and foot for a week. Made a healthy backlog in milling/mowing/fixing. Power chairs are a blessing BUT one can hurt you...
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« Reply #94 on: August 12, 2017, 11:38:31 AM »
Sawguy21,

I don't know how to put it into words. I hope my thoughts are enough.
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« Reply #95 on: August 12, 2022, 05:45:18 PM »
Lots of Good information here for caregiving 
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« Reply #96 on: August 13, 2022, 11:28:09 AM »
She slipped away a month after my last post, I still miss her but at least she is in a better place free of pain. I have a close friend who has shown signs of cancer, there is a history in her family, and I am uneasy. I care about her very much but am scared of going through that again.
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« Reply #97 on: August 14, 2022, 12:58:32 PM »
sawguy21, I see that this happened a while ago. Still sad to hear.
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« Reply #98 on: August 17, 2022, 11:22:06 PM »
Been a while since I have posted here. Had some additional duties and situations appear. The wheel chair / scooter project just keeps growing. Local people have started bringing me equipment that they no longer need for whatever reason. I have storage available and the know-how to repair, so why not. I have refurbished and given away 16 power chairs/scooters  in the last year. An un-expected resource has been the local veterans home. Whenever a resident leaves the facility, they usually leave whatever equipment they had in the maintenance shop. One of the men who works there brought me a truck load of various mobility devices, saying, we can't sell this stuff, if you can't use it, it goes to the landfill. Power chairs, manual wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, crutches, a hydraulic people lift, etc. I need a larger storage shed,  I have this  sawmill.......
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« Reply #99 on: August 18, 2022, 09:26:26 AM »
Pineywoods:
From the sounds of it using your talents and capabilities, you made some peoples live more enjoyable.
Carry on.
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