Author Archives: Donna-Becoming a Family Caregiver

About Donna-Becoming a Family Caregiver

I am a full-time caregiver for my spouse who has primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis. I am retired after 30+ years working in the healthcare field while also being a full-time caregiver. I now oversee a mission of providing support to new caregivers on my website, https://becomingafamilycaregiver.com.

Becoming a Family Caregiver

I’ve moved! Find me now at https://becomingafamilycaregiver.com I’ve expanded my topic area to include all caregivers, not specifically multiple sclerosis related families. In addition, I focus the content on providing information on how to adjust to caregiving, resources, and how … Continue reading

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Delirium and UTI’s – What’s the Connection?

Did you know that delirium was a symptom of a urinary tract infection? Neither did I, but it’s something I’m learning to recognize. Apparently, I’m not the only one who has experienced its impact because there was an article on the … Continue reading

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Training Needed for Caregivers

Since I’ve retired, I’ve found myself on a mission to do something about the plight of caregivers. Why am I so stirred up? It’s because there is a severe lack of training for family caregivers. The lack of training is especially … Continue reading

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No Time to Care

Caregiving is a very lonely responsibility. If you have ever been a caregiver, you understand what I mean. All caregivers have probably experienced that feeling of being alone when the smoke clears. The initial burst of enthusiastic help is over. Everyone has … Continue reading

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Mental Health Caregiving

Throughout Lynn’s journey with MS, we have been fortunate that he has rarely had to deal with any form of mental health impairment. Having primary progressive MS, long ago, he lost his ability to move productively any of his limbs and … Continue reading

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Moving to a New Website

I’m excited to announce that I am merging this website with a new website under construction called “Sharing with Caregivers.”  Today I moved all the blogs I have written from this site to the new site in case you are looking … Continue reading

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Specialization of Medicine – Is that a Good Thing?

I am concerned that the specialization of medicine is leading to a decrease in the quality of care available rather than an increase. I have seen this more and more over the past several months as my husband has had a series … Continue reading

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Understanding Immunosuppression

My husband, Lynn, began taking Ocrevus, to treat his Primary Progress Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS) in March. As his caregiver, one of my responsibilities is to become familiar with his medications and associated risks. While Ocrevus holds great promise for individuals who have … Continue reading

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New Mysteries All the Time

The mysteries of MS always keep it interesting as I struggle to manage my husband’s medical care and assist him in maintaining an optimum quality of life with Primary Progressive MS (PPMS). Another challenge came my way last week that stumped even … Continue reading

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MY INVISIBLE MS: SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS

Thank you to Sophia Nuamah for submitting the following guest post for the MS week. I appreciate her support for multiple sclerosis research and the family of caregivers around the world. Ms. Sophia Nuamah MyTherapy Landwehrstr. 60/62 80336 Munich, Germany … Continue reading

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