The truths are there. All through scripture God tells us He’s in our midst, reminding us again He will help and He does rescue. So what’s the crisis? …I’m wearing out. I’m so tired. How sad if I give out on the last stretch; give up at the final mile. I’ve been warned again and again, care-givers can lose their compassion… Help!
This hasn’t been every second. Somedays, I wakeup refreshed and ready, only to wear thin by noon or evening. Other days, it’s like dragging through oatmeal all day long, talking myself out of running away. Shocked? Don’t be. I’m told it’s quite normal and… I haven’t followed through… yet.
What we have chosen to do here (care for parents in-house) is not revolutionary, only recently people had other options. But I will never claim it’s easy and I certainly won’t be shy in sharing our struggles so others can make clearly informed decisions about their own parents. Worth it? Yes. Easier? No way. For sure, without Crossroads Hospice, I would’ve drowned.
Hope For The Caregiver by Peter Rosenberger, recommends tips for caregivers.
The 1, 2, 30 plan:
- 1 -thing a week just for me!
- 2 –weeks a year of some “vacation” (or 1 day a week OFF for a year =2 weeks)!
- 30 –minutes of laughing a day!
Be aware of FOG: Its normal, get support.
God’s GPS will guide us:
- His Grace covers us,
- His Purpose pushes us to continue
- He will bless our efforts to be good Stewards
God is in the midst of her, she shall, not be moved; God shall help her just at the break of dawn. Ps 46:5