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Tom – Who does the primary caregiving?

Tom – Who does the primary caregiving?

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My wife.  I’ve tried using some coming-in-house aides, it’s difficult; a lot of the stuff’s very personal.  I did a lot very personal things with my wife before I was injured, so it didn’t seem like it was as difficu... Show More

My wife.  I’ve tried using some coming-in-house aides, it’s difficult; a lot of the stuff’s very personal.  I did a lot very personal things with my wife before I was injured, so it didn’t seem like it was as difficult to deal with.  It’s harder to be embarrassed by somebody you’re that close with anyways.  And, just, trying to depend on a stranger to come into your house, and you have to trust them with all the things that you do in your life, whether it’s with finances, or doing the things the way you want them done.  Whether they’ll show up on time, whether they’ll call in sick.  It’s always just worked better for me, you know, for us, for my wife.  She’s, she didn’t work for 17 years before I got hurt, so she wasn’t employed at the time that I got injured.  All and all, besides we drive each other a little crazy every once in a while being around each other that much, it’s worked out good.  

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Tom – Who does the primary caregiving?

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Injured in 2004 at age 36, quadriplegic
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My wife.  I’ve tried using some coming-in-house aides, it’s difficult; a lot of the stuff’s very personal.  I did a lot very personal things with my wife before I was injured, so it didn’t seem like it was as difficult to deal with.  It’s harder to be embarrassed by somebody you’re that close with anyways.  And, just, trying to depend on a stranger to come into your house, and you have to trust them with all the things that you do in your life, whether it’s with finances, or doing the things the way you want them done.  Whether they’ll show up on time, whether they’ll call in sick.  It’s always just worked better for me, you know, for us, for my wife.  She’s, she didn’t work for 17 years before I got hurt, so she wasn’t employed at the time that I got injured.  All and all, besides we drive each other a little crazy every once in a while being around each other that much, it’s worked out good.  

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