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Managing Christmas Melancholy

Driving past a neighbor’s last week I saw him and his wife setting up Christmas decorations in their yard. The lights around the edge of…

Thanks for Helping Each Other!

Readers of the Multiple Sclerosis Caregiving blog make comments that can usually be separated into just a few subjects related to caregiving: 1) shock at…

Too Many Blessings and Not Enough Time!

When my daughters were smaller I loved to play with them in our yard. Some of my favorite memories are of them running barefoot through…

The Implication in the Dark

I’ve thought it many times since my wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis: I want to outlive my wife so I can take of her.…

Spinal Tap, 101

In Multiple Sclerosis has a History, I wrote, “I didn’t know lumbar punctures have been used for diagnostic purposes since 1913”. I think that piece…

Finding Caregiver Support

During the last few weeks, I’ve been asked by caregivers (via this blog’s contact form) for help finding support for themselves in their local communities.…

Study: Hello Illness, Goodbye Marriage

Hello Cancer, Goodbye Marriage: A new study shows that men are more likely to ditch their sick spouses, should really be titled, “Hello Illness, Hello…

What? Me, Worry?

Mark Twain said something about cats and hot stoves. “We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in…

Avoid Burnout

In the Health section of PhysOrg.com is an article titled, “How to … avoid burnout” Burnout – a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion…

Fighting Fatigue and Finding Energy

It is not unusual for caregivers to find themselves physically wiped out and without energy.  MSNBC.com has a helpful article titled, “Moving in slo-mo? 10…

Make Time for You

I hope these first few paragraphs don’t sound like a whine. They’re not because I know a lot of people whose schedules are a lot…

Exercise

Why don't I exercise? Probably for the same reason many caregivers fail to exercise: it requires an investment of time and time is always in short supply. That sounds like a good excuse, but I know it's not. I have no good excuse. I should buy a bike and hit the road. Maybe start running. Something.

Even God rested

It’s Sunday.  In many cultures, this is a day of rest. Do you find it difficult to slow down and catch your breath? In the…