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This Week's Carenote - 10/30/12

How do you find time/energy for a social life when you work full time and care for a husband with multiple health conditions? I have fibromyalgia myself, so when I do have an hour that's not filled, I usually just need to lie down. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
Cheryl

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Name: Life Coach
Location: Smyrna, Ga
Date: 10/30/2012
Time: 09:13 AM

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Hi Cheryl, The situation you describe is not an easy one to who shares your experience and trust me there are many. However, my answer to you is a question. "When you can't do it, then who will?" I'm sure this question has come to you numerous times. Not given any specifics other than your health challenge, I would tell you to think "Self Care". Look at how your day is arranged. Is there time that could be carved out for you? Or if not daily, plan for a time each week that is your and yours alone and then make an intention to stick to it. IF you have funds avaialable perhaps you would want to look at having a caregiving one 4 hour shift a week, if possible. I know your husband has multiple conditions, but I am sure he would not want you be challenged any further perhaps together you can carve out that time. Sometimes church members are willing to sit with a family member. I hope some of these suggestions will be helpful or spark better ideas. I wish you strenghth to make the tough decisions and the conviction to seem them through. Life Coach


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Date: 10/30/2012
Time: 06:09 AM

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Get some respite care: friends, family, neighbors, agencies, private caregivers. Advertise in the paper and/or online. Pay as much as you can possibly afford. We live in a rural area, but have found good caregivers by paying a little more than area standard. Good luck. You deserve the rest and relaxation!


 







 

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