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Re: How do you keep your spirits up when you live with someone chronically ill?

@twinkies  I have to say, you sound awfully sweet.

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Re: How do you keep your spirits up when you live with someone chronically ill?

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Try putting yourself in the person you are caring for's place. Aren't you glad you aren't him/her?  When I was a student nurse we had a clinical instructer who would tell us this when we had a difficult patient. Try to think of how you would feel if you had to live that person's life.

Working in ICU all my life I we saw a lot of very sad situations. Whenever I had bad things going on in my own life I could go to work and seeing those poor patients on ventilators , heart pumps and dialysis and all the other machines it was pretty easy to let go of my own troubles and think how lucky I was to be the care giver and not the patient.

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Re: How do you keep your spirits up when you live with someone chronically ill?

thank you ...but not always..lol

cathy from ma

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Re: How do you keep your spirits up when you live with someone chronically ill?

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& anti depressants.  

 

Both help

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Re: How do you keep your spirits up when you live with someone chronically ill?

thank  you . sometimes I am hahaha..    sometimes I am not...

.cathy from ma

 

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Re: How do you keep your spirits up when you live with someone chronically ill?

house cat;  classes are your friends.  Take yoga or go swimming.  Anything where you can get away and do something physical.  Or meet friends for gossip/coffee.

 

Of course, I am the ill on in the relationship and I encourage DH to get out of the house and enjoy life.  It's bad enough that I am other-abled.  I hate to see both of us rotting