Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
Re: Missing my LT
Full time care by an individual is both physically and mentally exhausting. I am a nurse at a local trauma center and sometimes see family members (full time caregivers) in worse shape than the patient.
Work through a local hospital or community agency to see if it might be possible to arrange respite care a few hours during the week. This care is often available at no or very low cost and can usually take place in your home if most appropriate. The respite care providers will be properly trained to provide care appropriate to the situation.
As for riding the motorcycle for therapy? I think it is an awesome idea. Like most folks I went through a rough patch a number of years ago and found that when riding, the concentration necessary to 1. keep from getting whacked by an idiot (or careless) cager, and 2. keep the bike upright and between the stripes broke the cycle of constantly dwelling on the issue at hand. Felt like the weight of the world was lifted.
I wish you the best. One of the major differences between the care you provide and the care I provide is that no matter how tough it gets I always get to go home at the end of my 12 hour shift. Arrange some time for yourself. It will do both of you good.
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