Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver by Bobbi Carducci

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REVIEW:

Let me start by saying that Non-fiction isn’t a genre that is near the top of my reading list. There have been some notable exceptions in the form of memoirs; Bobbies book is one of those exceptions.

I had just finished a book written about a sixty year love story written by the couples daughter. The story revolved around the care of parents afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease, so I wanted to read Bobbie’s experiences.

I think that Roger was afflicted with Alzheimer’s as well as his life long battle with an equally devastating illness.

The blurb in this post claims this non-fiction reads like a novel, and I have to concur with that statement.

The confessions of the caregiver were alternatingly intriguing, frustrating, and inspiring. Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver’s pages are filled with love, self-doubt, and occasional bouts of humor and laughter. Those readers who have faced similar situations with aging parents or grandparents will find it easy to empathize with the author’s dilemma when the scope of Roger’s problems come to light.

I give Bobbi Carducci’s book a solid four stars on my book-o-meter and recommend it to YA as well as adult readers. Do you really know your parents or grandparents? Bobbi gets to know the real Roger; he wasn’t what she expected.

Reviewed by:

Jackie Anton

Confessions-of-an-Imperfect-CaregiverSynopsis:

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.

A nonfiction that reads like a novel, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, is the story of a real family dealing with one of the fastest growing issues of our day. Caring for seriously ill family members at home. Meet Bobbi Carducci. Laugh, cry and pray with her as she does the hardest job she ever loved.

Every 26 seconds another person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in the U.S.

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EXCERPT:

For fifteen years I’d known him as my gentle, henpecked father-in-law. A man who longed for a little peace and quiet and always seemed eager to please. As saddened as I was by my mother-in-law’s passing, I had believed that living in my home, free from the constant yelling and criticism, he’d come out of his shell and begin to enjoy life.

Sitting in a hospital parking lot so many years later, I was just beginning to discover how very wrong I’d been.

Had he been pretending all these years? Is the real Rodger the one who announced to the nursing staff that I’m useless and no damned good? Does the medicine he takes every day allow him to be himself, or does it mask his true nature? Who is this man who lives in my house and paces the halls late at night? …

Where did I go wrong? What did I miss and how can I make sure this doesn’t happen again? Those questions and more went unanswered as I covered the miles between the hospital and home, my mind and body too tired to cope with the guilt I felt at that moment. Despite all my good intentions, I’d let him down.

Bobbi-CarducciABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Intrigued by TV doctors, Bobbi Carducci told everyone she was going to be a brain surgeon when she grew up.  When she couldn’t bring herself to cut up a frog in biology class she realized she had to find another way to get inside people’s heads and became a writer instead.

Bobbi was an in home caregiver for her serious ill father-in-law, Rodger, for seven years. Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver is the first book in a planned Caregiver series depicting the true stories of people caring for loved ones at home.

Bobbi Carducci is a former senior staff writer for the Purcellville Gazette, a small Washington, D.C. area newspaper. Her short stories appear in the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort Anthologies as well is in print and online magazines.

Bobbi’s book for young readers, Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, received both a Mom’s Choice Award and a Living Now Award for Excellence. It was also named A Best Dog Book for Young Readers by Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer.

For three years she wrote a monthly book review column for About Families Publications before resigning to concentrate on writing Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver and her blog, The Imperfect Caregiver. Bobbi also writes regularly on care giving for AgingCare.com and The Caregiver Space.

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2 Responses to Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver by Bobbi Carducci

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  2. Thank you for your thoughtful review of Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver. Rodger did have dementia in addition to his mental illness. Sometimes I didn’t know which illness caused that day’s behavior but it didn’t matter. His reality in the moment was mine too. I miss him.

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