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Top 11 Caregiver Stories of 2011

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Top 11 Caregiver Stories of 2011

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor

We know that as a caregiver you experience moments with your loved one that make you laugh, cry and sometimes even embarrass you. Who better to share those amazing moments with than other caregivers! That’s why we created the Breath of Fresh Air board, a place where you can share these stories with other caregivers to provide inspiration and brighten each other’s days.

Dear Diary: Journaling for Caregivers

Since last year, AgingCare.com has received hundreds of stories from caregivers all over and as our team read each one, we laughed and cried with you. We put together our favorites for you to read, so be prepared to laugh…and grab a tissue.

Top Funny Stories

1. My Dad has a CNA come twice a week to assist him with his bath. I mentioned to him yesterday that he should get her something for Christmas. He told me to pick her up one of those things that you “rub and it grows”. After a few questions I discovered he meant a Chia Pet.

2. Mom is 91-years-old and suffers from Alzheimer’s. She also has a distended abdomen from a haital hernia, misshapen feet from having worn ill-fitting shoes and has had a mastectomy. She could also lose a few pounds. Recently, I overheard her tell her aide while bathing, “Don’t be jealous of my body.”

3. One night at the dinner table, my father (who has dementia) asked my husband and I if we are married. After we told him we were, he started singing, “All I want for Christmas is my mem-or-ree!” I’m glad dad can laugh about this!

4. My father has had a couple of strokes and has trouble with finding and interchanging words a lot. One day, we got in the car to go shopping and he started yelling to stop the car. I asked “why” and he told me he left his balls at home. He was speaking about his wallet. So now it is a joke when we leave the house we ask if him if he has his balls. This is only one of many funnies.

4 Most Embarrassing Caregiver Moments

5. Something cute. I came home yesterday from work and Mom came out to the kitchen to greet me. I said, “Mom, you have on my sweat pants!” We each have a pair of soft, comfy pea green sweats. Hers are a size 14 and mine are a few sizes bigger! She says, “I thought I had lost a lot of weight!” Then she pulls up her shirt to show me she had them pinned to her bra to keep them up! We had a good laugh!

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Top 25 Caregiver Stories of 2010 originally appeared on AgingCare.com.

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9:35AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

very sweet stories, good to share some humour from these moments too....

1:33AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

I like this. thank you.

1:10PM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Aging is not for the weak of heart, but a good sense of humor does wonders. That is what we all should work on, a sense of humor. Being the right weight and exercising as well as not doing anything to excess helps us as we grow older, but no matter what, eventually we reach the stage where only a sense of humor really works.,

4:03PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Lol. Thanks! ^.^

11:53AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Cute

6:25AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

My wife has Rheumatoid Arthritis and due to her recent tracheotomy, now no longer talks so she has to write, I am glad she still can as a machine like Steven Hawking has is way over my budget. I wish there were help, but I guess I will just have to make do with what I can as she now is a mute invalid, she requires 24/7 care and of course we no longer have insurance as the company cancelled us for non-payment as our income has dropped so dramatically we almost can't afford anything. If anyone knows where we can get some help please E-mail at libertarian@snet.net.

5:20AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

thanks for the stories

5:12AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Great! Thanks.

4:15AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Very heartwarming and thoughtful stories. Thanks

3:29AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Thank you for the stories, i can relate to them as my husband had a brain injury 71/2 years ago,and has said some very funny and strange things in the past, Good job we have always had a warped sense of humour.God Bless all Carers.

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That was not an apology. That was "Yes I ate the damn tissue, now shut up about it already."

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