I am neither endorsing using “logical consequences” when dealing with the dependence that shadows chronic illness nor condemning it. I simply think that it is far healthier for a long-term ill person to maintain some control over his or her life. Though dependence may feel good initially, over the long term it attacks the ego, spirit, and positive outlook of the person. Simply put, the well spouse is the coach. His or her job is to help, to encourage, to plan. The ill person, to whatever degree he or she physically and mentally can, must play the game.
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