Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One Word Wednesday

If you are here for the A To Z blogging Challenge, my post for today "H" is the one right below this one. But if you are at all interested in caregiving, and you should be, then stick around long enough to read this post and then head on over to my friend Lisa at My Sweet Peanut where every Wednesday she hosts a link-up called One Word Wednesday where she invites us to write on a word prompt that she provides. This week it is CareGiving When You Are Sick:
I worry about this a lot. What happens if I get sick. I mean really, really sick. Who is going to take over and give Richard and the kids the care that I give them? I have suffered through a few bouts with minor illnesses since he became unable to take care of himself and the only thing I can think to say about that is that it SUCKS. Sure I have Hospice. But they only come for a short period of time. And I have my brother who can come help out. But I don't want him to get sick. And I have the most wonderful son a mother could ever ask for. But he lives and works in another town. And, thank you dear Lord, I have two of the best grandchildren a grandma could ever ask for living right here under our roof. They are the two who pick up most of the slack when granny isn't feeling good. They can take care of Papa (mostly). The can lift him and transfer him to the wheelchair. They can transfer him to the toilet (as long as granny can get there for the clean-up part). They can take him to the table and feed him. And fetch for him. And put him back in the chair. And granny can rest on the couch.
But still I worry! That is just the way that I am. I do not want to have to send him away. I will avoid that at all costs!

Now get on over there and visit Lisa. I know you want to.

6 comments:

  1. You are so funny. My kids draw the line at cleaning up toilet time and any form of nakedness! But they do help as much as they can. And yes ma'am - it does SUCK!

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    1. My grandson is getting better. He doesn't have a problem being in there and helping his Papa stand while I do the wiping, but I don't know if he could do the wiping......

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  2. It is funny how our entire world becomes entangled in care taking even to the point where we have to worry about staying healthy just for that reason...the problem is, staying healthy requires time and energy that we often don't have to spare. Take good care of yourself Paula.

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  3. I know it would be expensive, but if you got sick and needed a few days to recover, could you call in a visiting nurse service to provide an aide for your husband? Would insurance pay for something like this for short term?

    betty

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    1. Medicare will allow us to place him into a nursing home for what they call Respite Care for 7 days up to 3 times a year. I think that doing that to him though would be the end. He would think I had abandoned him and he would die. I know that much for sure. And no insurance will not pay for a visiting nurse to come and stay. Hospice would have someone to come for an hour or two at no expense.

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