I will fearlessly learn all I can about my
loved one’s healthcare needs and become an integral member of his or
her medical care team.
Fearless Caregiver Manifesto
Lesson One: I’d like to open with a further
discussion of Principle 5 of the
Fearless Caregiver Manifesto. To begin, allow me to introduce
Mindy who has a lot to teach all of us. As she says regarding her age,
she is “a good ways past the halfway mark,” making her old enough to
have created a full life before the advent of computers, laptops,
Twitter, Pinterest and yes, even Google.
Yet, the Google has quickly become a tool she ranks
high among those in her caregiving toolkit when dealing with the
medical community. For example, when Mindy’s doctor prescribed a new
drug to relieve the pain she described on a recent visit, she had
received a very cursory response to her inquiry about the benefits
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It brings back lots of emotions when I see and
read about caregivers feeling guilty for getting away from an ill
loved one. I look back now and realize I did not do it
enough. Other family or friends were willing to come do their
part. Their bonding, mending or just giving their blessed time and
words I remember and cherish. I remember leaving never fully gone
in mind and spirit, but it would feel good to just get out and
walk, go to the lake and watch the ducks ride the waves. I was
preparing myself to do things alone. I did not do this often, but
I do remember how it blessed me dearly. My talks with God
strengthened me! It blessed me to hear others talk about their
conversations with my husband and their loved one. I feel I gave
them time—their time, well deserved as family and friends. I hope
this helps you go get your hair or nails done or a massage to help
release your tension and stress. Just reward yourself with some
form of kindness. A bit of us declines each day along with them! I
do remember being refreshed, but anxious to get home and do all I
needed to do!
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