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I never stop learning from my loved one


Question/Topic for February/March 2014

What have you learned while caring for your loved one ?

Shared by: Dorothy J. Oczkowski

I found with the help of God I was more capable of being a caregiver than I ever could have imagined since nursing is at the bottom of my list of career choices. When you are caring for someone you love who appreciates you, the job is a lot easier. I also tried to keep a normal life by working and going to school to keep up my morale and my sanity. I did not feel guilty asking for help when I needed it even though I was an only child and knew I had full responsibility for my father's welfare.

Shared by: Nina Brown-Lane
Long Island, NY

I've learned PATIENCE from my Mother in this journey through Dementia.

I've learned to laugh at the things she says that only make sense to her.

I've learned how to live "moment to moment" as is the way things are her world. In other words, one moment she's angry when she's washed, clothed, and changed and the next moment she's thanking the CNA for everything she's done in the last 10 minutes.

I've learned that it's OK to talk about it to others. It helps me and it MAY help someone else somehow.

I've learned to love the time we have together by making the most of it.

Shared by: Patricia C. Vener

1. A sense of humor and a smile are essential for everyone...
    The former is nature, the latter is nurture.

2. A good nap makes for a better day.

Shared by: M Potter
Branford, CT

I've learned that is takes a lot of patience and sacrifice.

I've learned that although they can be demanding, it's only because they trust and love you and know you will always be there, even at their worst.

I also learned that the ones you care for need to feel needed and actually WANT to help, even if they sometimes act like they are not capable. Push them. You'll be surprised when they rise to the occasion no matter how hard.

And finally, I learned that it's ok to say no and it's ok to ask for help from friends, family, and to trust in our heavenly Father for "power beyond what is normal".


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