September 30, 2017
Joys shared are joys doubled. Sorrows shared are sorrows halved. Caregivers especially need to share what they do and what they need for the sake of their own health. A happy and healthy caregiver will be of benefit to the one they are caring for as well. Lawrence and I are still caring for his dying mother in our home. It is difficult, to say the least. We are constantly challenged to deal with her changing needs and behaviors while keeping in mind that we need to care for our own health as well. Sleep is very important for good health, and recently she has had many nights of calling out to us repeatedly for a drink of water so we cannot get a good nights sleep. I talked to the Hospice nurse about it a week ago and they prescribed Trazodone, but when I read the insert I thought it was a little heavy handed, so I did not give it to her. Now, a week later, I think it is warranted.