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Dealing With Depression – Caring for Walter Part 5

Dealing With Depression – Caring for Walter Part 5


Marge, a seventy one-year-old caregiver fights
for the relationship of her life sustaining her Walter with energy,
hope and love. it’s just not my Walter. Usually Walter is a fighter, that’s
what upsets me too. Walter is he’s very diligent. He goes after what he wants so badly and now he seems to be giving up. And it’s– I don’t know. And I won’t give up on him. You know, trying and trying to trying just to– well, we’re going to make it one way or another. (mumbling) I’ve been in the hospital five weeks. and home last week, Friday. They discovered that he was suffering from depression cause they ran all kind of tests on him to find out why he was losing so much
weight and why he was so listless. He didn’t want to do anything, didn’t want to eat,
didn’t want to do anything so finally they decided well it must be depression. Everything else proved negative. So, they tried him with this antidepressant and it’s really working. It’s perked him up a little bit. His appetite is improved. So, hopefully, he’s gonna get better for us. DR: Would it have been easier for you if you have had the support group like you had with the stroke club of other caregivers, do you think? M: I think it would help a lot. In fact, I go
right now to the psychology class at the senior center. They help. They help me to talk a little bit you know, to– Like I say, I don’t talk to very many people and
you have to talk out you feeling sometime. So we all discussed it and it was very helpful. It was a little hard for me to suddenly realize
I am seventy two years old but I said, well it creeps up on you. We were gonna have
a fiftieth anniversary next year. We were making all kinds of plans but
little by little they’re diminishing. Happy birthday, dear Margie. Happy birthday to you.

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