Being a Caregiver

20 Apr

It’s 3 am. Mom and I are awake. She’s got a lot on her mind and is engaging me and the other folks that she sees in the room in conversation intermittently tonight. As I sit here I realize that the journey of a caregiver is unique for each person. History and relationship with the person for whom you are providing care are factors. The caregivers own physical, emotional, and spiritual health are factors. Support of family and friends are factors. Financial health which includes income, health insurance, life insurance, longterm care insurance, savings, etc. to provide care, hire additional help, purchase equipment and other items are factors. Quality of the medical team and other caregivers and aids are factors. Additional priorities of the caregiver (work, family, school, etc.) are factors. Temperament of the caregiver and the one being cared for are factors. Physical fitness of the caregiver is a factor. Access to additional support and safe places for the caregiver and the one being cared for where they can be supported, heard, seen, speak their truths, process emotions, be rejuvenated and more are factors. Spiritual strength to move through the process, remain a healthy vessel to demonstrate love to the one being cared for and to one’s self as the caregiver are factors. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, known as the fruit of the spirit, are factors. All of these things and more shape the journey. At the start though, it’s all about facing a situation and figuring out how you are going to get through it. Praying for all of us walking the path with it’s twists, turns, highs, lows, joys, pains, rewards, costs, good days and bad days, and more. Even now as I am closing this message my mother is smiling at me. She’s alive and I’m grateful and that’s all that matters in this moment. #latenightthoughts #preciousmomentswithmom #lordgivemestrengthtomorrow #sleeppatternsareinflux #ilovemymommy #alzheimers #lewybodydementia #caregiver #lifeofacaregiver

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