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Some Things I Have Learned
I have learned I do not know it all.
Every day has something else to deal with. I have
learned to fight the insurance company. Their first
response is always “No.” So learn that and then ask
again. Sometimes there are ways around the “No” of an
I have learned that there are treasures in caregiving.
It’s not always Hell; actually, there are some blessed
moments that can be reaped. Look for these moments, then
go toward that area of life so both caregiver and care
recipient are blessed. I have learned to give it to God.
There are some things that are just not clear. So let go
and let God do within His will and care.
I have learned I can help others—especially those who
are where I was several years ago. I can be there for
them and they can be there for me. I have learned to
suck it up. I am not a special caregiver. There are
others in the same boat as I am. Some are even worse
off. I have learned to care... to simply be there, day
in and day out, so my loved one is blessed.
I have learned that others are watching—from my job,
from my church, from my neighbors. All are watching to
see how I am handling this ordeal. I have learned and I
am still learning in my caregiving experience.
John Patterson is a caregiver who
posted his thoughts on our Caretips forum.