Lessons from caregiving paying dividends during the pandemic
Hello to all our caregivers! I hope you are all safe, healthy, and doing as well as can be expected during these unique and challenging times.
I had an interesting conversation the other day and it made me want to come here and ask if anything similar has happened to any of you.
A couple of friends I was on a Zoom call with were complaining about how they couldn't stand the monotony and the unknown of being in their 'stay-at-home' situations. Interestingly I realized it has not been all that challenging for me. As they asked me why I said it was because I feel as though I've been through it all before — in a lot tougher way while I was caregiving. The combination of being bound to the house for my caregiving duties, the unknown path my wife would be taking, the intense isolation caused by caregiving, and the exhaustion of the day-in-day-out demands while being 'cooped up' readied me for this bout of isolation.
Not that there aren't bad days, but in my case I think I did find a previously unnoted silver lining to caregiving.
Anyone else thinking about this?
Strength, courage, and peace