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Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Practice Trip with Dad

Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. Ephesians 6: 2-3

Since we found out that Dad was able to go visit his cousins after all, we decided that we needed to practice getting him in and out of the car. The last time we made a trip to see his cousins, we had a really difficult time getting Dad into the car from his wheelchair. Dad has Parkinson's Disease and his body gets very rigid, which makes it difficult for him to enter the car.

We decided that we would take Dad shopping in the town where the Veteran's Home is located. We found out that all the extra physical therapy he had gotten had really paid off. Dad was able to push off of his wheelchair some and help us assist him into the car.

We went shopping and Dad's stamina was pretty good. We were very pleased with how well the practice trip with Dad went. When we got him back into the car after shopping, Dad got very short of breath. We were worried, but knew were only a couple of miles from the Veteran's Home, so he could get his oxygen, which he used, as needed. We realized that when we took Dad on the trip to see his cousins, we'd need to make sure we had oxygen with us, in case he should need it.

Since these are examples of how I've applied these Bible verses to my experience, they may not reflect the whole meaning of the verse.

I'm including You Tube Video clips on caregiving that I found interesting, inspirational, or might be helpful to others, but am not responsible for the content in the videos. Always check first with a physician before trying any suggestions mentioned.

Caregiving Video: "Redirecting Hallucinations in People Living with Dementia"
By: Teepa Snow, Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute via You Tube

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