Studies have shown that by creating an environment that enables self-identity, the more engaged we are in maintaining behaviors that help us and our loved ones live better - an important part of life as a caretaker. An important factor in having the confidence to allow this is self-trust.
"If something doesn't seem right, I trust my gut and look for answers." -Member of myALZteam
"When my mother was first diagnosed, I kept my mouth shut even if the doctors said something incorrect or suggested something that I knew wouldn't work. I'm learning to trust those feelings - my intuition - and speak up." -Member of myALZteam
Here are some more conversations from myALZteam:
• "Understanding he cannot verbalize truly how he feels, I’m his eyes as well as his voice. After watching and talking to him I followed my intuition/gut feeling and called the paramedics. To the hospital, we came. So here we are and I’ll be here 24/7 until we go home together. As caregivers, we have to completely know our patients and recognize behavioral changes."
• "The primary doctor had been very short tempered with me when I've wanted more details. I also had questioned his primary about the anemia being relayed to possible internal bleeding in his GI tract due to earlier test results and she really shot me down. The clinic doctor thought I should immediately look into it because my instincts were good."
Was there a caregiving moment when you doubted yourself and later realized that your instincts were right? Or an instance when you were glad you trusted yourself? Share that moment in the comments below or directly on myALZteam.com.