A Peaceful Week

Thankfully it has been a fairly peaceful week around here. My gratitude goes out to my caregiver coach and the nurse practitioner who’s been seeing hubby at the aging center. They have been wonderful! And of course to family members.

After those two weeks of pure hell – the week I wrote about here and the one immediately after it – I couldn’t stand another minute of the stress on any of us. So, I used a little “trick” the NP told me about and it worked. I spent a few days praying it wouldn’t come back to bite me in the butt, but I’ve let go of that fear.

Shadow’s white blood cell count shot up as a result of her stress, causing a UTI. Thankfully I caught it early. I got a urine sample to the vet the morning it first presented symptoms; and by that afternoon, I was able to give Shadow her first antibiotic. Within 24 hours, it was already starting to clear up.

Poor Ducky started reacting again to every noise, every movement that hubby makes. Thankfully, I had half a bottle of her doggy Xanax left from last year. She is still a bit anxious/reactive now, but seems to be settling down a bit faster. That reminds me – I need to get a refill next week.

And, I have finally been able to get some better sleep. Ducky’s barking still drives me nuts at times, but at least I can #getoverit faster. And I’m better able to let go of hubby’s dementia-induced moments.

As much as I hate to admit it, I haven’t been working with Ducky much since I got home from Florida at the end of May. When she needed a break from the insanity, I took the easy way out and let her spend time at daycare. Well, that’s changing. She will still spend at least one day a week at daycare, but in between we will get back to “work” on her anxieties and reactivity. I’ll write more about that at a later date.

So, as we enter a second (hopefully) peaceful week, I wish all of you peace and love as well. ☮️❤️

6 thoughts on “A Peaceful Week

  1. Pamela says:

    I’m so glad you have supportive professionals giving you the tips you need to keep you sane. I’m so inspired by your willingness to share what you’re going through when you have so much to cope with. But I have a feeling that someone who needs it will find your blog posts and get some little bit of help they need as well.

    Blessings to you all.

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    • My Golden Life says:

      Thanks, Pamela! I hope my posts do reach other folks who need help, or need to know they aren’t alone – or both – because this caregiving is definitely not for wimps.

      💜💜💜 to you, Mike and Honey!


  2. Jan K says:

    I’m glad to hear you’ve had some peace – you deserve it! It sounds like you are managing things the best you can, and that you have some good support/help.
    We’ve been thinking of you and send hugs and kisses from all of us! ♥

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