Mike is always looking to see what is going on around him to keep his wife safe.
So, you’re more apprehensive, you’re always looking, always watching. What’s that person going to do that’s coming down here towards us? Are they going to be in the way? Is she going to trip when she was using her cane or whatever. So you’re always, as a caregiver when you’re out looking, me in particular, always looking at what’s going on around you.
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- Navigating the system – MikeAt some point you have to ruffle feathers. Mike went right back to the emergency department with his wife after she was discharged.
- Interaction with professionals – MikeMike describes what he appreciates about his interaction with the specialist.
- Health system issues – MikeMike would appreciate an information service for caregivers.
- Hospitals and facilities – MikeWhen Mike’s wife was discharged, he sent her straight back to the emergency as he felt she was too sick to come home.
- Trying to find the right balance – MikeIt is not easy for Mike to speak with his wife about his needs; he doesn’t want to make her feel guilty.
- Legal issues – MikeMike’s wife started a journal and wrote about every meeting and person she dealt with. The journal was very useful later when the insurance company came to assess her situation.
- Personal growth and transformation – MikeWhen things aren’t being done correctly, Mike says you have the right to stand up and say “No, we have to find another way.”
- Support from family and friends – MikeEven though Mike’s wife has a strong family, they did not remain in contact when Judy was diagnosed with MS.
- What is it like to be a caregiver? – MikeMike is always looking to see what is going on around him to keep his wife safe.