Creative Momentum

Biggest Challenge: Keeping my creative momentum going when Mom's appetite wanes

--Isabel

Response from DM:

Dear Isabel,

We caregivers need to support each other. Your mother is obviously trying to listen to her own inner dialogue regarding her needs, wants and desires. And these needs or desires will change daily, sometimes even hourly. As a caregiver it is your responsibility to keep her safe and take care of her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. You probably know her better than anyone else and are sensitive to her needs and changes. Just do the best you can. That is all we can ever ask of ourselves. In this process it is just as important to take care of your needs and make sure that you do not get stressed out or neglect to deal with what your mind, body and soul are in need of. If you do not take care of yourself, there will not be anyone to fill your shoes and take care of your mom the way that you do. You should not see this as being selfish; this is simply basic survival for both of you. Learn to delegate when possible and learn to say no to those people or issues who are not serving either you or your mother’s best interests. I am grateful that your mother has such a protective and dedicated daughter. Give your mom a hug from me.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marion

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