Caregiving for a long-term illness means being ready to change plans, even Christmas traditions when the illness demands attention.
As a caregiver, I have learned to leave nothing to chance and that there is no place for procrastination, as life can change very quickly and very unexpectantly.
On Christmas Eve, our family had a quiet day planned when in the middle of baking cookies, we received a call that changed our plans. Instead of a quiet family day, Dan and I spent the rest of Christmas Eve with his father in the Emergency Department discussing hospice care.
Long-term illness has a way of changing gears without notice.