21 FEBRUARY 2015

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ON  WINGS OF EMOTIONS: THE BACK STORY

The month is early May.  It’s 1:00 pm in the afternoon. Outside is nice and moderate with a gentle cool breeze in the air. I’m sitting in one of those plastic green lawn chairs on my front porch filling in crossword puzzles.  On our block on the westside of town, it can get awfully peaceful and quiet.  No screaming kids. No “hoopties” pacing up and down the street with loud music. Nobody mowing grass. Finally, I get a chance to just relax and recharge my batteries. Today had been one of mom’s better days. When I had left her bedroom , she had been resting comfortably. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Or could I? Continue reading 21 FEBRUARY 2015

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FOR LOVE, LOYALTY AND DEVOTION:  FLAWED MEDICAL PROCEDURES AND PROCESSES

 

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“Like the Black Russian Terrier,  a caregiver must always defend and protect his/her decision to be able to continue providing home care for his senior. Everyday you will look back and question yourself about your efforts that you put forth everyday.  You will often scrutinize your ability to hold up under the many future challenges that certainly will come your way.   Even when frequent failings of medical agencies nudge you to question yourself, you must persist.  As long as you have  “adequate support” that you can rely on in your hour of need, you should always believe in yourself.    ….even when that “adequate support” comes into question.”

Two days had already passed after we had taken our mom to the ER.  She had been admitted by this time and she was getting successive rounds of intravenous antibiotics.  She would be in here for about two more days. For now, all I could do was put my life on hold as I waited for her temperature to lower.  Only then would she be discharged to go back home. So I waited… Continue reading FOR LOVE, LOYALTY AND DEVOTION:  FLAWED MEDICAL PROCEDURES AND PROCESSES

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IS THERE TRUE HEALING AFTER LOSING A LOVED ONE?

“Many devoted caregivers give so much of their lives intensely involved in providing specialized care to an “end of life” senior.  Sadly, they often fail to adequately prepare themselves for the long and winding journey through the grieving process after their loved ones have passed away.   Can they find themselves as they search for true healing?”

As we get older, we learn to contemplate  death more.   We soon realize that it’s not a cartoon.  And it is not something that only happens across town.  The reality of dying then becomes more tangible to us. This is why when we lose a loved one who had been so close to us in our lives, we are forced to personalize death.  It then begins shaping our thoughts about how we feel about ourselves. The world in which we once perceived it to be is not the same to us.  The idea of endings become more concrete.

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