Caregiving: Hogswatch Special

With just eleven days until Hogswatch, it seemed like the time had come for a Caregiving Hogswatch Special. (Yes, Hogswatch. I’m attempting to avoid The C Word.) Hogswatch is a wonderful time of year. A time for gifts, good food and decorations galore. A time for stress, anxiety and meltdowns. Read More Caregiving: Hogswatch Special

Caregiving: Crisis And Kindness

There are two kinds of crisis in the Juniper household. There are the ordinary ones and the mental health ones. An ordinary crisis is when the washing machine breaks, someone comes down with flu, or there are zombies attacking the house. The mental health crisis is hospital visits, emergency psychiatrist appointments and caring for someone who is fragile and in pain. Read More Caregiving: Crisis And Kindness

Caregiving: Being Able To Say I’m A Carer

Um, yeah, hello. My name’s Juniper, and I’m a carer for my mentally ill husband. It’s taken me six years to be able to say that without hesitating, tripping over my words or bottling out altogether and saying nothing. Oh, I don’t mind saying that I’m married to someone who is mentally ill, what I struggle to say is that I’m a carer. Read More Caregiving: Being Able To Say I’m A Carer