Top Ten List: You Know You’ve Crossed the Caregiving Line When…
1. You eat more prunes than you dad does. And you like them.
2. You ran out of feminine pads and you actually wore your mom’s Depends.
3. More than two things you’ve eaten today have oatmeal in them.
4. Your daily pill case has too many pills in it to shut the lid. You buy drugstore glasses in bulk.
7. You’re great at trivia–as long as the questions are from 1970 or before, but…you’re not sure if the world wide web and the internet are the same thing.
8. You find yourself saying, “One for you, and one for me” on many medications–and you have more than one container of Citrucel/Fiberlax/and stool softeners in the medicine cabinet.
9. You hoard in your mom or dad’s dr. appointment time to ask questions about your ailments.
10. You wear “granny panties” and argue they’re roomier/more comfortable and you need the coverage.
Run to the store and repeat over and over, “I am not old, I am not old…”
Buy a Cosmo, a thong, and a box of hair color. (this applies to both men and women!)
Seriously, if you’re feeling stuck in a caregiving rut, remember, you’re not the aging/elderly/infirmed one–and it doesn’t help anyone for you to think or act that way. Use your humor, your wit, your sarcasm, your brain, your bod!
Take a break, learn something, act YOUR age, not theirs!
Our loved ones need our joy, our energy, and our passion!
Lighten up! Smile! Tell a bawdy joke, get out that rusty bike, sign up for yoga class–for goodness sake, live a little!
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