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Has anyone responded to you yet? You can try adult day care or get a home healthcare worker to come in to assist you.You need a break!
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I am keeping a positive attitude! I am 61 and am taking care of a 60 yr old diabetic, with both legs amputated at the knees. He was an International CBS News cameraman for over 35 yrs, and I was a professional photographer. He is very intelligent, and we have a good friendship. I have been a caregiver for a long time, and my home was already set-up for his wheelchairs, including a ramp up to the front door, and no door on the downstairs bathroom. The flooring is all wood laminate or vinyl, too.
I remind myself every day that I can walk! I am grateful that I no long keep sugar accessible to him, and that I have subscribed to several magazines for diabetics. I have been dieting, too, and have already returned to my preferred weight! I do all the cooking, and try to keep his food low sugar and low sodium.
My daily struggles are the fact that I have to do everything. (Cooking, cleaning, laundry, housekeeping, yard work, garbage, and so on) I live about 20 miles from the nearest hospital, and I don't have any children or close relatives. I am concerned for his welfare even if I go to the store 5 miles away. I am hoping for daytime respite - to look for a job, or to have a social life! My friend has 2 sons, but they are both far away, and I don't know who else could assist him, or me! I am hoping to get some suggestions from this forum, and thanks for being here!
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