Saturday, March 28, 2009

Cranky Reason #5: I Get Scared

Reason #5: I get scared. I don't know if this happens to my fellow caregivers, but sometimes I get scared. It could be that I see a long series of ever-greater demands and needs pressing down on me. It could be I have dread about the future and the need at hand seems to presage more bad things. For instance, with Skip's growing hand weakness, I sometimes get cranky when she drops her fork. Not because it's so hard to pick it up and give it back. No, the fork is a symbol ... the hands are weakening and the downstream consequences of that could be very bad.

De-cranky strategy: No good ideas on this one at present. I thought admitting the fear would help, but it hasn't really.

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