Caring for a loved one who has a chronic condition like diabetes or asthma can be challenging because in addition to the normal, potentially exhausting demands of caretaking, chronic illnesses require a fair amount of vigilance. You not only need to try to keep your loved one comfortable and as happy as possible, but you may feel at times that it requires a medical degree in the process! With diabetes for example, you will need to make sure that food intake is closely monitored, blood sugars frequently obtained, and that insulin injections are given on schedule. This means always knowing what time it is, when the last meal or snack was ingested, and the exact insulin schedule and dosing. Be aware that this will likely feel overwhelming at first but that with time, you will feel much more comfortable and eventually both of you will fall into a routine.
Whatever the chronic condition, being educated is by far the best thing you can do. It will allow you to feel prepared, to provide the best care possible, and will make conversations with health care professionals more satisfying.
Published on July 09, 2008