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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
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.
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".