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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dad's Walk About

1 Thessalonians 2: 11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory. 

Almost Every time I would go visit my dad, we would go for what he calls a Walk About. He would walk me around his garden and show me how his garden has changed, what is blooming, has been cut back, etc. I loved this special time with my dad as he shared his world with me.

In the last couple of years, there were a couple of times where he couldn't do his walk about with me when I came to visit him. I think that's because he didn't want me to see how difficult it was for him to walk due to his health issues. He has what they call Parkinsonism. This isn't Parkinson's Disease, but has many of the same symptoms and the declining ability to walk was one of his major symptoms.

When he moved here, he wanted to be able to help out around the yard. We knew how important it was with his previous falls for him to use a cane or a walker for balance, but it was not uncommon to find him out on the sidewalk with a weed eater and no cane.

I would panic, because I knew how detrimental a fall on the concrete would be for my dad. What I forgot to think about was how important it was for my dad to be outside and feeling like he was contributing. I was only thinking about his physical health and well-being, but he derived so much pleasure being outside in the fresh air with my husband.

Now, that he can rarely go outside for very long due to being less stable on his feet, I wish I had been more supportive when he went on his Walk Abouts when he moved here. 1 Thessalonians 2: 11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory. 

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.
By: St. Elizabeth's Director of Rehabilitative Services on observerdispatch via You Tube





Thursday, August 20, 2015

Differences of Opinions about Faith

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 

My dad hasn't been baptized and doesn't feel that he needs to do this just to appease someone else's opinion of how his faith should be. I agree with some of this, but it would make me feel much better if my dad got baptized, but he shouldn't do it just because I'd like him to.

He feels that his faith in Christ as our Savior is all that is necessary and that may be right. I've been confused on this one. Having read the Bible from cover to cover several times, most passages on salvation say that belief in Christ as our Savior is all that is necessary, but there are several that say Christians should believe and be baptized. 

I've asked several people I trust to help me with this one. Although there are differences of opinion about faith, I was generally told that faith in Christ as our Savior is mandatory in salvation and being baptized is an outward demonstration of this faith. I just have to trust that God knows my dad's heart and will take him to heaven or will provide someone who can better explain this to him before then. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 

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.
By: Nick Paranjape on Action News 5 via You Tube



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Not Drinking Water to Stop Urinary Frequency

Hebrews 5: 8 Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.

My dad is a very cause-effect oriented person. He doesn't like having to urinate so frequently, which is one of the symptoms of his health issue. In order to solve that, he chose to not drink any water to stop this problem.

Well, this causes side effects that are far worse than urinary frequency. He's had an on-going theme of worse sense of balance, etc. when he gets dehydrated from not drinking enough liquids. This is a tricky one, because according to my dad's logic, his not drinking water solves one of his major concerns, not going to the bathroom so much, especially when traveling.

Wanting to respect my dad's wishes, but knowing the importance of liquids, I had to be prayerful about this. I felt led to talk to his Home Health Nurse who is the one person my dad trusts to give him the straight scoop. After talking to him, my dad will get back to drinking liquids again. Unfortunately, this is a re-occurring issue, because my dad still wants an immediate solution to urinary frequency.  It's two steps forward and one back, but I feel so blessed to have my dad here with us for whatever time that God allows. Hebrews 5: 8 Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.

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.


These Are Other Blogs I Felt Led to Write:

Caregiving Video: Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration in Elderly
By: Rooth Law Firm via You Tube





Thursday, August 6, 2015

The ER Doctor that Went the Extra Mile for My Dad

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

Prior to coming to live with us, my dad had bouts of pneumonia along with his COPD. He may have gotten over it, but after a fall, he started having a rattly sound at times when he breathed and I was getting concerned about whether he was going to make it. Fortunately, it turned out that he had bronchitis.

He took the medications, but wasn't able to shake that rattly sound, which seemed to be getting worse. We ended back at the Emergency Room, but were blessed with getting a young female doctor who went the extra mile for my dad. She ran tests on him to find out what was really wrong and what wasn't. She read lots of research on the internet to make sure she was ordering the best form of treatment for my dad. She checked how different treatments would react with his current medications, which is vitally important to seniors.

This ER doctor gave my dad a breathing treatment that seemed to remedy this on-going breathing problem. He hasn't had bronchitis since then, which had been very difficult to get rid of prior to getting the breathing treatment. We are so blessed that God has put so many supportive medical professionals in my dad's life. 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

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.


These Are Other Blogs I Felt Led to Write:

Caregiving Video: Respiratory Therapy: About Living with COPD
By: ehowhealth via You Tube



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