Bobbi Carducci's life was about to change. Her ill father-in-law 's odd behavior was a mystery when he came to live with her and Mike. For the next seven years Bobbi did everything she could to save him from himself-while he tried to convince everyone that he didn't need her and that she was crazy. "Brutally honest and written from the heart, Carducci's intimate chronicleBobbi Carducci's life was about to change. Her ill father-in-law 's odd behavior was a mystery when he came to live with her and Mike. For the next seven years Bobbi did everything she could to save him from himself-while he tried to convince everyone that he didn't need her and that she was crazy. "Brutally honest and written from the heart, Carducci's intimate chronicle of caring for her father-in-law is a poignant story of strength, compassion, and humor that will linger with you long after you read the last page. Highly recommended for anyone caring for an elderly parent." Jan Neuharth, author of the Hunt Country Suspense novels "Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, perfectly encapsulates the human experience, not just the caregiver's. When we live in a world of worry, stress and self-doubt, where do we find the strength to go on? Bobbi's retelling of her caregiving years unfolds in a beautiful answer to the questions posed by sickness, health, care, and loss." Alexandra Axel, Media Director, The Caregiver Space Bobbi is an award winning author and multi published short story writer. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, in print and online. Bobbi's website and blog can be found at www.bobbicarducci.com and theimperfectcaregiver.com. Bobbi also blogs monthly for TheCaregiverSpace.org and AgingCare.com....
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Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver Reviews
I was so glad to be involved in the book tour for this. Its very close to my heart as I too am a caregiver.It was lovely to read a first hand honest account of a caregivers feelings at times. Because the care support class I used to go to, everyone said how 'rewarding' it is to be a carer. They talked about the good happy times.Yes, it is rewarding, caring for a loved one, but its exhausting too!It takes away time, it takes away decisions, it takes away your independence.I too feel like screaming at times "What about me"There were funny things written within this book that made me laugh.This is not a 'woe is me' book, its an honest open account
Bobbi tells an exception, compelling, and heartfelt story about being her father-in-law's caregiver. She portrays her humanness and vulnerability while beautifully chronicling her experience.
Anyone who has ever been a caregiver can relate to this book. Though nonfiction, it’s told in the first-person point of view in a narrative style that reads almost like a novel as it chronicles the struggles of author Bobbi Carducci as she spent years caring for her physically and mentally ill father-in-law.The book celebrates the joys of caregiving while being honest about the struggles. Though my family only had glimpses of caregiving, the struggles Carducci went through rang true. At times—and this is why I primarily read fiction—it was so real that I could feel my blood pressure climbing in sympathy with the author, especially when the frustrations of caregiving caused conflicts in her home life. It was frustrating to me that she quit her job to become a full-time caregiver, only to face countless challenges along the way. Of particular interest and concern were the "challenges" of the healthcare system (Rodger was treated as a vet through the government healthcare system). Through this all, of course, Carducci fought as his advocate—and he was lucky to have her.Of course we can never know until we’re in that scenario, but think I would have given up in such a situation, so I give Carducci much credit for sticking with it through all the difficulties. I especially enjoyed the glimpse into Rodger’s past to see how his life experiences had molded him.I recommend the book to anyone who has been through caregiving or anyone who is currently going through it. It’s a slice of Carducci’s life and the life of Rodger, her father-in-law, and it’s a reminder of the fact that human beings share universal struggles and dreams—and aren’t so different after all.
Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver by Bobbi CarducciThis is the story of Bobbi Cardduci's life while taking care of her aging Father-in-law. Bobbi chose to take on the role of care giver to her father-in-law who was suffering with many different conditions; Schizophrenia, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Dysphagia, C.O.P.D and Congestive heart failure.Bobbie tells her story from the heart. She is honest, and explains the daily challenges, rewards, and frustrations being a care giver. From dealing with incompetent medical professionals, to the erratic moods of her father-in-law. She is honest and open and also tells the good and the challenging parts of being a care giver.I really loved Bobbi's honesty, baring her innermost feelings. I have personally been a caretaker for several family members, so I was able to relate to all of her mixed emotions. I feel Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver is a great read and readers of all genres will enjoy this read. At some point in life most people will be faced with caring for an aging parent and reading Bobbi's beautifully written story touched my heart in so many ways.
Rodger is sick, but he’s not alone. Bobbi and Mike take him into their home and as his condition worsens with age, Bobbi takes on his care. This book takes us on an incredible journey that does not shrink from pointing out the inadequacies of health care system (especially the VA system) as well as the very human weaknesses of both the family members and the professionals.Bobbi Carducci has done an amazing job of making what could have been a depressing woe-is-me story into a book that pulls the reader right into the family, sharing the humor and happiness as well as the pain and anger. Her message of love and compassion is compelling.I heartily recommend this book to caregivers, supporting family members, and those of us who sometimes wake in the middle of the night and wonder, “What would happen if…”