Jerri Danyelle’s Story

Site created on November 13, 2019

I'm Jerri, and he's Jerry.  I became a caregiver by circumstance, not by choice.  It's a title that was forged upon me, with no regard for the roles I already had in my life.  There was no request, no consideration, no time to transition, just....happening.  I am a caregiver to my father, and that's that.  Some would say I've been a caregiver since 2017, but I don't think I really "felt" it until 2018 when my father's health declined drastically.  In February 2018, he went bowling for his 66th birthday, and by September he was being discharged to my home on a stretcher connected to a feeding machine.  :-(    Drastic is an understatement.
While I've always kept my own personal record of this journey, I've only recently decided to share our story abroad as I've come to understand the caregiver community more and more.  It really is a journey worth sharing.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Jerri Danyelle (McElroy) Brown

He's good.  I'm good.  We're..... we're good.  We've had a few issues to arise that had to be medically addressed; a short hospital stay in January, but we're moving forward with every day that comes.  We've switched Home Aides a few times....tis the cycle we've come to know.
Overall, I think we're both happy to see Spring.  :-)  Watching the blossoming of nature and the trees filling in, it's very refreshing.  Looking forward to sitting out on the porch listening to the birds.  :-)   
Presently, we're gearing up for Jerry J to have his remaining teeth extracted.  The Oral surgeon and i both agree that removing his decayed teeth will improve his overall health tremendously!  GREAT!  Any improvement is worth pushing for!
Hopefully....prayerfully.....extraction day will be scheduled soon!  
Until next time, keep us in your prayers.
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