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How to Handle Changes in Your Loved One's Health

As caregivers, we witness and engage with the ebbs and flows of our care recipient's daily life. But knowing isn't always believing.

I deceive myself into believing my mother is okay when she experiences good days. I convince myself that her life span will be longer than the six-month window projected by the doctor.

Yet, when the bad days come, and the noticeable changes are striking, suddenly, I being to accept the reality of her health decline.

Bearing witness to your loved one's infirmity is heartbreaking and can contribute to emotional fluctuations.

Like most weekdays, I started my day in front of my computer to host a scheduled video conference call. My home office is next to my mother's bedroom; and close enough to hear her mumbling and groaning. When the ca