David Waterman

I am a spousal caregiver. I have had a lot of serious accidents in dangerous construction jobs. My recovery has not always been smooth but I did learn how my wife feels when she is bed bound for long periods. With similar experiences in our past I have a better understanding of what she needs to be comfortable. I also spent years involved in Christian ministry and the principles of Christianity apply so well to this life I lead now and give much needed stability when all other things are so often in the air.
The Agony and the…..Agony of TBI

The Agony and the…..Agony of TBI

A traumatic brain injury is a game changer in life. We are now seeing a lot more attention devoted to brain injuries in the news and in health care due to the high profile athletes who are suffering from traumatic brain injuries, and for sake of readability referred...

When the Caregiver needs a Caregiver

When the Caregiver needs a Caregiver

I work with a lot of different people to help bring attention to the disabled in our area and to especially shine a light on the caregivers that care for the disabled. But it the midst of doing for others and caring for my wife, I was knocked down myself. I fell into...

A most unfortunate situation…

A most unfortunate situation…

I had decided to join a mission team to the Navajo Reservation one summer. I was in my early twenties and I had assumed I could handle anything that life could dish out. I might have had that attitude partly from my experiences in childhood, and several very serious...

Caregiver in a hospital, new experience

Caregiver in a hospital, new experience

I fell through an unsecured manhole last summer and severely damaged my back. I had surgery on the morning of October 8th and developed complications and had a stroke early Tuesday morning. I will be writing of a whole new set of caregiving experiences where I will be...

Impossible to defeat, relentless enemy

Impossible to defeat, relentless enemy

This is an article I wrote for CNN iReports this morning. I think of all the people I have cared for or assisted, this particular family was the most difficult for me to watch as things unraveled in the mind of the husband/father of the family. It is not a cheerful...

Walk a while in my shoes

Walk a while in my shoes

I don't always think of the other person. None of us do. We get so caught up in our own thoughts and feelings that we lose sight of the other persons' feelings. I was feeling frustrated a few years ago as I tried to take care of all the errands, the pharmacy runs,...

Staying close when the money is tight

Staying close when the money is tight

I have been a Caregiver at various times for over 25 years. If I were challenged to put my finger on the one thing that causes the most stress other than the immediate health issues, I would have to say it would be the financial issues. In my 'normal' line of work, I...

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