FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Respite Wisdom 2010
Ten years ago, I interviewed Dana Reeve for a
Today’s Caregiver magazine cover interview.
Dana, unfortunately, passed a few years later; but
at the time of the interview, she was caring for her
husband, Christopher Reeve, who became a
quadriplegic after being thrown from his horse in
1995. She was open, gracious, and actually
quite prophetic during our hour-long interview. I
have referred to what she told me many times over
the past decade. One of her comments came to mind
when I received the email from Peggy below, and that
was Dana’s concept of learning to take “mental
bubble-baths.” In other words, getting away for
respite breaks does not necessarily mean having to
go anywhere; respite can and should be woven into
your daily schedule.
I do many little things, or try to see the
little things as respite opportunities.
Walking our dogs, even though most times a chore,
can be relaxing; especially when walking along the
creek by our house, smelling the flowers, and
listening to the water run. Through the
Internet, I connect with many friends (from the past
and present) via Facebook, write a blog about our
lives, read articles from online magazines (posting
the ones that touch me most) and am encouraged by
Bible verses posted by others. I crochet on the
front porch or back deck while watching our dogs
outside, read magazines, and do crosswords while
watching the 'up to the minute' news stories. We
even have a doggy-sitter come once a week so Gary
and I can have a date night together away from home.
Even though Gary is the one I take care of, it’s
nice to get away from the home-filled tasks. Some
days, I even try to view my job as a break away from
caregiving. I deal blackjack at a casino and can
talk to my players while dealing cards. When I have
fun players, it is very enjoyable and relaxing.
You get the idea.
Peggy, we certainly do get the idea and appreciate
you sharing your respite wisdom.
Tell us your plans for the Fourth of July weekend.