Periodically I must stress that caregiving is about enduring frustration.
Not every convergence of cerebral symptoms results in a lighthearted anecdote. As the caregiver I’m rolling the dice with every outing.
Progression of cerebral symptoms whether they are related to Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or any other chronic illness unquestionably impact the caregiver, family, and friends.
In “The Raven”, Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece of self-tortured loss he concludes:
“And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted---nevermore!”
I believe ol’ Edgar might have creeped me out as a caregiver yet his gift for words captures that emotional shadow. Though to me it’s more like an emotional revolving door. If I dwell on it, I get stuck for too many revolutions. To successfully pass through, I have to stay focused on the present.