Lost my post…..darn.
Take care of yourself your caregivers.
#1 Get your depression managed. I am taking Effexor with Haldol and Ambien for sleep. These have been magic for me, because I was nearly suicidal. It was taking it’s toll on my family. Now, I am rested and no longer depressed. My family thanks me and attends counseling and church with me as well as sets up my medication weekly holder. We sit to set my schedule so they can hopefully attend. I also bought and drive a car, which gives me great independence.
#2 Find friends and/or faith to provide relief of worry, guilt or emotional turmoil.
#3 Remember always: there is NO right or wrong path. each of us GBM victims is unique. At a decision point, you will bring all your special needs and experiences that will impact your choice. Use all that information and experience to your benefit.
#4 GBM is terminal, so no choice can be worse. We need time and quality of life.
#5 Consider alternative medical interventions. I have found aromatherapy very comforting. My daughters choose the essential oils and we combine recipes. spa-like seems best so far. The crazy diets out the have no real proof of benefit. The paleo diet made me depressed and lose too much weight. Now I eat what makes me happy.
#6 Settle your final plans with you ur family. This means funeral and estate planning. Your family has this huge burden on their minds daily. Get is done for them.
#7 Smile 24/7. Try it for a days. It is contagious….look in the mirror and smile at yourself first.
We are all related in a very intimate way with the GBM. If anyone has advice or special needs, let us help each other help ourselves and our caregivers.
Love ya all.
Belinda, smiling and hopeful for grandchildren someday.