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Spouse of a woman with mitochondrial dysfunction

By October 28, 2012 - 8:41am

My wife is suffering from a disease called mitochondrial dysfunction. It's a progressive illness. Out of 26 years of marriage last 13 years have been very bad with frequent falls and epileptic attacks. Last few years mental retardation is making her childish and dull.

Am I wrong to keep expectations from her..... I ve looked after her like my child. Can't think of leaving her but frustrated and depressed . Mobility is zero. It's an effort to take her out.

Wonder how long I can take it.

Any tips....

By HERWriter Guide November 1, 2012 - 7:22am

Hi Kirti63

Thanks for your post.

I can imagine how hard this must be for you. Caring for a spouse that is both physically and intellectually challenged can be crushingly difficult.

You absolutely need respite. Can you get care for your wife - a carer that can come in several days a week to give you a break?

Also, many facilities offer longer term respite - say a week every month or two, so that you can have a week off to get things done or just take a break or get away for a while.

Caregiver burnout can be a serious thing. For more info, click here: http://www.caregiver.com/



November 1, 2012 - 7:22am

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