The kids are grown, now what?: My Journey with Home Health Care

Monday, August 5, 2013

My Journey with Home Health Care


Ryan: Three years ago my mom was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and had to stop working. I went from living with my mom and helping with bills to my mom living with me, and we didn’t even have to move! Talk about hitting the ground running. Everything was now on my shoulders, rent, utilities, groceries, doctors, medications, and whatever else you could possibly think of was now my responsibility. Ulcerative Colitis is just the tip of the ice berg of what’s wrong with her. Every day I leave the house wondering if something is going to happen to her. Being the care taker is exhausting, I don’t trust anyone else with her, half the time I don’t even trust the doctors, they have a bad habit of not reading charts, let’s not kill my mom by giving her something she’s allergic to, please. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. She’s my mom, the one person who has constantly been there for me. Now it’s my turn to give back and be there for her.

ME: I asked my daughter Ryan for her take on what it's like to become the caretaker. I have done it. The job is hard and it can be heartbreaking. I am proud of Ryan. She is a lot stronger than she thinks she is.

I started using a cane (that I picked up at my local Walgreens) about 5 years ago. I thought it would be just a temporary measure until I had my second back surgery. Well, the back surgery never happened and my spine has become even more unstable and somewhere in the back of my head I know that I am going to need a walker soon.


I have more immediate needs though. I cannot stand long enough to take a shower. I currently sit on the toilet and use a wash cloth to clean up using the sink. I want to shower! I miss standing under a hot shower and let it play over my aching muscles. I have been looking at shower chairs and other aids that will help me accomplish this. I found the perfect kit while paging through the Walgreens Home Healthcare Solutions online catalog.


The four piece bath safety kit has everything I need so that I can shower and be safe and it's only $99.00. This kit is exactly what I have been looking for. The hardest thing about all of this has been the loss of independence. I don't like it. It makes me feel as if I am a shadow of my former self. Walgreens is helping me take back some control over my life. Thank you, Walgreens!

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