The kids are grown, now what?: July 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Once a Caregiver not Always a Caregiver

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I don't know if I've ever told you that I was once a respiratory therapist. I cared for people in the ICU and the surgical ICU. I also cared for my father-in-law when he became ill many years ago. It's an interesting thing becoming the person that is cared for after years of caring for others. Ryan does a great job of caring for me and that's because we keep the lines of communication open at all times. Communication is the most important part of a care giving relationship. The second most important thing is that the care giver has outside resources like the Family Caregiving site at Sam's Club.

It's been a long time since I've updated you on my health. My health has taken a large downhill curve since the last time we talked. In addition to the colitis, my arthritis is wreaking havoc on my body, and remember that back surgery I had in 2014? I blew the disc above the previous fusion and I'm scheduled for another surgery in August. The pain is so bad that I have difficulty walking and that in turn means that I am walking a LOT slower. Guess what happens when you walk slow? You guessed it! You often have accidents before reaching the bathroom. Embarrassing? Yes. Is it the end of the world? Definitely not.

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