How to Overcome Misunderstanding When You’re a Caregiver

In celebration of National Family Caregivers Month, we’re sharing the stories of other bloggers and caregivers. Today guest blogger, Melony Lucas, explains how she learned to overcome misunderstanding when people didn’t understand her son’s sensory processing disorder. I’m standing on the street corner with my two boys when a voice calls out from… Read more“How to Overcome Misunderstanding When You’re a Caregiver”

At Last, a Breakthrough in Manic Behavior

…continued from yesterday “What do you think you’d like to do when you get out?” I asked Sarah on March 18. “I dunno. Go back to Walla Walla, I guess.” “Wonderful!” I said, happy that she had voiced an opinion and it didn’t include anything outrageously illogical. “Would you like… Read more“At Last, a Breakthrough in Manic Behavior”

Desperately Seeking Help for an Adolescent in Crisis

…Continued from yesterday. The week Sarah and I spent together seemed like an exercise in futility. From my point of view, Sarah had entered full-blown crisis mode. From her point of view, no one could do anything to help her. From the medical/mental health point of view, Zoloft would fix… Read more“Desperately Seeking Help for an Adolescent in Crisis”

Caring for a Child with a Rare Metabolic Disorder (GA1)

    Meet: Sara Caregiver Connection: I met Sara online during the #write31days challenge and was inspired by her story of making positive changes in her life AND caregiving for a child with special dietary needs. Blog: www.saraborgstede.com Who she cares for: Her son Zack, who has a rare metabolic… Read more“Caring for a Child with a Rare Metabolic Disorder (GA1)”

When a Community Becomes a Caregiver

    Meet: Bethany Caregiver Connection: I met Bethany through the Five-Minute Friday twitter parties (where scads of bloggers meet each Thursday night to chat, encourage each other and wait for our prompt from Kate Motaung). Who Cares for Her: Bethany discovered the beauty of a community that stepped in… Read more“When a Community Becomes a Caregiver”

Rest

Some days, I just wished that Pedro could have stayed in the hospital for a few more months. And this made me feel terribly guilty. I wanted him home, where I could attend to his every need and ensure that he gained weight and made progress—and most of all where… Read more“Rest”

Lavish

We celebrated our most lavish Christmas three days early, and I can’t even remember where we were on Christmas Day. I don’t remember what we gave as presents. But presents didn’t make our Christmas lavish. Presence did. Pedro spent ten glorious days at home with our girls—and the present of… Read more“Lavish”

Faint

The doors of the hospital whooshed open and I nodded at Pedro’s intern who headed out as I headed in. She smiled and stopped to chat. “That was quite the experience last night, wasn’t it?” I nodded numbly. Pedro had started convulsing just hours after receiving his first chemotherapy treatment… Read more“Faint”