MS and Caregiving -- Question of the Week

Vicki Health Guide July 30, 2012
  • July has five Mondays, so I asked Garry to fill in for this “extra” week. Here is his question -- What is something a caregiver should know to do a better job? I did not choose caregiving as a profession; rather, it came to me by circumstance. When Vicki’s MS had progressed to a poi...

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  • Cathy
    Health Guide
    Jul. 30, 2012

    Thank you for, Gary, for writing our fifth Monday Question of the Week!  We all appreciate it.  As always, it's a good one.

     

    I know I am speaking for my Gary (yes, that's my husband's name....) but here goes:

     

    As a caregiver, it would help to add the following: (my opinion)

     

    1.  Keep a sense of humor at all times.

    2.  Be...

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    Thank you for, Gary, for writing our fifth Monday Question of the Week!  We all appreciate it.  As always, it's a good one.

     

    I know I am speaking for my Gary (yes, that's my husband's name....) but here goes:

     

    As a caregiver, it would help to add the following: (my opinion)

     

    1.  Keep a sense of humor at all times.

    2.  Be flexible with mood and body changes. MS is so unpredictable and changes can happen daily, weekly, monthly....

    3.  Be a good listener.

    4.  Keep a sense of humor at all times.  (Yes, I know I said it already.  But for 25 years "my" Gary has kept a sense of humor when dealing with my MS)

     

    I will let him see my response tonight.  If he has anything to add (or subtract!) I will let you know.

     

    Best to all,

    Cathy Cool

    • Cathy
      Health Guide
      Jul. 30, 2012

      PS Gary said I did a good job of speaking for him!  I guess after 25 years we finish each other's sentences.  Awww.Wink

    • grjenkin
      Jul. 31, 2012

      Thank you, Cathy, and especially for including Gary and for suggestions more specific to MS.