I don't intend to sound sexest, nor do I intend to offend any of you nice ladies. Please forgive me if I should come across that way this time around.
I have been surfing the web, just out of curiosity, on and off today looking for support sites for caregivers in general. Especially for a site for male caregivers. I know from reading that the role of caregiving is mostly dominated by females. Also the role of male caregivers is rising there still isn't really anything out there for us as males. What I would like to know is where are all the male caregivers at?
I know there is Bob and myself that show up on tues night for caregiver chat, but I cannot believe we are the only two male caregivers here on stroke net. I just feel in my gut there has to be more here. I know part of the problem is our male egos that keep us from looking for support of any kind. Like you my male ego kept me away from looking for answers for many years. About a month ago I found this site trying to find answers to help me to learn to cope with the everyday job of caregiving.
I want to say I have found a lot of help from some very nice and wonderful new friends here. Slowly with their help, I am learning to swallow my pride and ask questions and share my experiences. It would just be nice to get another males opinon with this caregiving gig.
Maybe just maybe we could swap Ideas about how to do those jobs our loved ones used to do around the house that have now become our jobs to do on top of taking care of our loved ones. For example tips to make the housework not seem so unmacho to get done. I know at times would love ideas on cooking a meal that doesn't come out of a box with directions for the microwave on it.
I would like any help I can get, weither you are a caregiver or survivor, to bring some more male caregivers out. Wether we like to admit it or not guys, with our macho egos, we need support to help us through this journey of caregiving.
Once more please forgive my spelling