A Readers Digest version of my situation, as viewed by me.
- I work to keep mom safe.
- I work to keep my wants at bay.
- I work to maintain good health.
Keeping mom safe is not taxing, just somewhat time consuming. That will slowly change. It will get hard.
Keeping my wants at bay is my big battle. Since January 24th, 2016, I have spent almost 91% of my time on her. The 9% was taken care of by family. I don’t see that changing much.
It has affected my emotional and physical health. I working to keep that in check. I work in short miles, aerobic and resistance training. Some abb work also. It’s nothing compared to what I did before caregiving.
I have a choice, to be her caregiver, or not be. I choose “be her caregiver”
I’m thinking their are millions in the same boat, or close, that I’m in.