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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Worried About Money Mongers

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18

When my dad first came here, he seemed worried that people, including me, were after his money, which was the furthest thing from our minds. My main concern was that we provide an environment that felt comfortable for my dad in his home with us away from home.

Perplexed, I didn't know how to deal with comments he would make about people being after his things and money. When you tell someone that you're not interested in their things or money, it doesn't make a major difference, because they aren't trusting at that point.

All I could do is be prayerful about this. Maybe, he experienced someone who did want his things or money. Maybe he read too many articles about relatives/others who preyed on the goodwill of seniors to get their money and belongings. I don't really know, but the fear was real to him, at the time.

The instinct I was given when I was prayerful about this is to just wait it out. My dad would eventually come to know that I have no interest in his things or money and would come to trust me. Fortunately, God always knows the Big Picture, because my dad's trust developed slow, but sure, although on a rare occasion I still hear comments of this nature. My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18

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.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Patience of the Patient

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus. Romans 15:5

I just thought that this verse was appropriate because my dad, as a patient has shown great patience with all the tests he's had, especially when it would have been easy to lose his cool.

In trying to determine what has caused my dad's increasing inability to walk, he has had more tests than one can imagine. He has had MRIs, MRAs, CAT scans, EKGs, EEGs, lab work, spinal tap, xrays, and Cisternogram because of some MRI results. Poor guy, when all he really wants to do is go take a nap!

My dad's patience through these time staking and pain staking medical examinations has been commendable. He's not complained, because he knows that everyone is trying to help him regain his health and independence.

I'm not sure I would have fared as well with the multitude of tests and professionals he's had to see. Fortunately for us, my dad has Medicare. I've heard people bad mouth the Affordable Care Act, and wonder if they realize what a wonderful service Medicare provide for seniors, service they wouldn't want to be without if they were in the same situation. I'm not sure that I'm as patient with other people as my dad is. I could learn a lesson or two from him. I feel very blessed to have this time with my dad and blessed that Medicare is there to help him try live a longer, happy, healthy life. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus. Romans 15:5

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.



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Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Little Concerned About the Details

1 Peter 5: 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. 

I got a little concerned about the details in order to provide a safe environment for my dad. Well, I didn't have to worry for long. My son and his father-in-law and family volunteered to come down and put safety bars in the shower for my dad.

Additionally, they agreed to put a flat screen TV on the wall of my dad's bedroom, so that he could watch TV from either the bed or his recliner. It may not sound like such a big thing, but God knew what our immediate needs were and provided for them. That's no small thing! I feel very blessed to have my dad here with us and family and extended family to support us. 1 Peter 5: 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. 

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: Elder Care Bathroom Safety-Where to Install Grab Bars
By: Cynthia Williams with MothersKeepers.com via You Tube



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Eating Considerations

Matthew 6: 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

My husband bought my dad one of the breakfast sandwiches from a fast food restaurant. My dad loved it! My husband was so pleased with my dad’s response, that in a few days he bought my dad another breakfast sandwich. My dad’s response was somewhat pleased.

Still remembering how pleased my dad initially was with the breakfast sandwich, my husband bought my dad another one and my dad’s appreciation for breakfast sandwiches started to wane. He told me that he’d prefer not to have any more breakfast sandwiches.

What I found out was that my dad gets tired of foods very quickly when he has them several times in a short period of time. We found the same thing with Chinese food, which he loves. We got it several times and saw his interest start to wane, so now we only get it every now and then.  Fortunately, God helps us find out what things we need to do to maximize more opportunities for my dad to eat. We feel very blessed to have my dad here with us. Matthew 6: 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

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.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

What About the Noise?

And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 1:9

My dad really hasn’t had kids, especially little kids, around very much for years. I wasn’t sure how he would handle the extra noise, since I watch two of my young grandsons three days a week in my home. I wanted my dad to be happy, but I also wanted to provide a positive environment for my grandsons.

I was delighted and somewhat surprised to see that my dad enjoyed having the boys here several days each week. There were times where I heard through the grapevine that the extra noise kept him from sleeping in the afternoons. I tried to be mindful of that and tried to take them places like the library, spray ground, VBS, etc. during the summer and had more quiet activities at other times at home. It wasn’t perfect, but it was lots better.

A few months later, I mentioned to my dad that I would try to keep it quiet while he napped. He told me not to do that, because he loved to hear the boys playing. God is so amazing; because this is such a big difference from the man I knew and loved who used to get nervous when kids were around very much. Our whole family is blessed by having my dad here with us. And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 1:9 

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: Peter Greenberg: Avoiding Noisy Hotels
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