***This post was written in September of 2016***
Today I have been reading about caregiver burnout. The article I read, directed me to a quiz to try and define where I am in my caregiver burnout journey. I have to say I was a bit surprised by my result, sorta. According to my self test and assessment, and trying to be as honest with myself in my answers, I have a “Mild to Moderate Burden.”
The questionnaire cautions that even though I am currently testing low on my burden/burnout scale, I should not be complacent. That I need to evaluate my situation and take some action. I know not all of my burden or emotional upheaval is because of the care giving. Much of the stress is because of the construction going on at our house. Or a better description, the construction that is NOT going on.
Additionally, I have read that some of my symptoms are due to my body racing into menopause. In essence, I have the trifecta of a caregivers nightmare. I have stress for caring for my mother. I have stress because of construction difficulties. And my body has hormonal stress brought on by menopause.