Thursday, July 22, 2010

"to take the process one step at a time"

Being a caregiver or needing a caregiver is something which isn’t talked about nearly enough.  In fact, my friend Patrick, who is a long-time caregiver to his wife who has MS, shared an interesting comment with me:
    “One of the most frequent emails I get is from people wondering whether their spouse or significant other has what it takes to be a caregiver in the long run of MS or the other side of the coin from beginning caregivers wondering if they can make the long run. There is a lot of unspoken language out there.” - Patrick, Caregivingly Yours
Rob, in recent years, your mother has needed help at home and you have become her part-time caregiver.  She relies upon you.  Have you given thought to the possibility of becoming my caregiver someday?

I have and it is somewhat daunting to me.  However, I think my hiking trip experience serves a basis for a caregiving approach.  That is, to take the process one-step-at-a-time.  I think using this sort of graduated process would be the right sort of approach for handling whatever MS might require of us down the pike.

Read this post in its entirety:

The Face of MS: A Boyfriend's Perspective, Continued

1 comment:

  1. Lisa! I like the "graduated process" approach with one caveat. MS is always in control of the process. As a caregiver sometimes you are in step, sometimes you chase, sometimes you are just plain lost, but you are never ahead.

    Caregivingly Yours, Patrick