Friday, November 21, 2008

National Family Caregiver's Month ... sleepless in Alaska

Caregivers do not come packaged on shelves, nor are care environments cookie cutter patterns.

While I am thrilled this morning with the first snow here in Pennsylvania, another caregiver up in Alaska wakes to a different view.

from Sandra of
Family C.A.R.E.

"I am so tired and overstressed right now I can barely even express it. I'm tired, but I can't keep the house warm for my dad and sleep at the same time because right now our primary heat source is a fireplace. I can't go to sleep and leave an open flame going in the fireplace, and if I let the fire burn out then the house will get down to near freezing levels by morning. This all causes a significant lack of sleep, and that lack of sleep is producing stress and disorientation like you would not believe."

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
Patrick Ponders ...


  1. I can't imagine that kind of stress to be under. I love the snow but I can sympathize with what this woman is going through. (Hugs)Indigo

  2. Wow, we have much to be grateful for here and take so many things for granted.

  3. that is so sad Patrick! you wonder if there is some church there that could help her by sending volunteers over to keep the fire burning safe while she gets a good night's sleep. believe you me, if I lived near her and knew of her plight, I would over to spend the night awake so she could sleep and I could probably find a few other people to rotate the week so she could get sleep throughout the week too; I'll pray that someone will find out about her dilemma and help her if they can


  4. Thanks for sharing her blog Patrick, we can at least offer support, sometimes knowing somebody is listening helps!


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