A glimpse at senior health care through a care givers eyes. Healthcare reform will be worthless if we don't see an attitude change in many providers. Although my story is focused on senior health and Rheumatoid Arthritis, I believe we are all affected.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
3 - I know I'm not alone
Today is day 3 (and my 3rd post) in the 30 day blog challenge I joined. For anyone "just tuning in" this post may leave you wondering what the heck I am rambling about. I promise it won't take too long to go back and review my first 2 posts so you can catch up with my story. For anybody thinking there is nothing here that could affect you, I hope you're wrong. I hope you are wrong because, not because I wish bad things for you, but because that would mean that you are truly alone in life. You see, although my story revolves around senior care giving and health care, I believe there are lessons within my story that could be applied to ANYBODY that might EVER know someone (or be someone) who is incapacitated, no matter their age.
At least I know I'm not alone
Before I continue our journey of my mother's health and the issues I have witnessed surrounding senior health care, I want to make it clear that I am not a martyr. It takes a village to raise a senior!
I am very fortunate to have family close by that I can call on for help.
They have listened to me rant and rave; give them orders; and generally put up with me being my usual control freak self - yes, I know it and admit it! Even so, each of them have ridden this crazy ride with mom and with me and been there when needed and offered support in any way they could. I know not every one who is in a care giver role is that lucky and my heart goes out to anybody who has no outside support. I don't know if I would be able to provide mom with the care that she needs and deserves; the ability to live in her own home; and as much independence as possible if it weren't for the help of a whole bunch of people that have shown so much love and given so much of themselves to allow me to fill this much needed role in my mothers life.
It truly is a family sacrifice that reaches beyond a spouse that is financially and emotionally supportive; a brother that is called on to move things, fix things, install things and load things; sisters that are willing to give their time to offer respite care, help with house work and pretty much anything else you ask them for; Aunts that are there at the drop of a hat. It reaches your children. It reaches your friends. It touches nearly every aspect of your life. Some might consider it a burden, for me it's been a blessing!
I have had the incredible opportunity to learn so much about my mother by being with her nearly 24 hours a day for over a year now. She is an amazing woman with incredible strength and a contagious faith in The Lord.
I believe that maybe somehow that is the purpose in all that we've been through - To make sure I know that as long as I walk with Him I will NEVER be alone!
Ok, I've rambled long enough today.
Have a great day!
Oh, and go visit or at least call your parents!
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Has anyone ever asked YOUR opinion about what should be "reformed" when it comes to healthcare? Well, they have NOW! Can you think of one thing (or 10) that would better our healthcare system?