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10 Steps to Avoid Caregiver Burnout in 2011

posted Jan 4, 2011, 8:09 PM by David W.   [ updated Jan 9, 2011, 8:28 PM ]
excerpts from "10 Steps to Avoid Caregiver Burnout in 2011" by Robin T

During this hectic holiday season, I’d like to share with you some tidbits I’ve learned along the way as a caregiver.  I love Michael with all my heart, and if you have a spouse who has been diagnosed with myeloma, I’m sure you feel the same way – you want to do everything you can to help him or her. 

I'll start with a story: A teacher holds up a glass of water and asks his class how heavy it is. After they guess, he explains it’s not absolute weight that matters, but how long you have to carry it. A few minutes is easy, but if it’s every day for months, sooner or later the burden will become unbearable—you’ll have to put it down and recharge before you can pick it up again. 

Here are a few suggestions:
  1. Realize that you are the caregiver.
  2. Learn about myeloma advances.
  3. Become a pro at organization.
  4. Prioritize.
  5. Resist doing everything yourself.
  6. Recharge your batteries.
  7. Create a multi-layered emotional support network.
  8. Acknowledge your feelings.
  9. Check yourself for signs of depression.
  10. Honor the work you’re doing.

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