Posts on Thursday mornings.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Results Are In

For the poor shall never cease out of the land; therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land, Deuteronomy 15:11

The results from the test are in and my dad isn't having strokes. The spells he's having may have to do more with being dehydrated, his medications, or his having a Parkinsonism, but not strokes. Yeah!!!!

He was able to get these tests because he was blessed to have Medicare. One time when a home health medical professional was evaluating my dad for further services, she asked if my dad had supplementary insurance. At first, I felt badly for him when I had to tell her he didn't. That feeling didn't last long when she told me, that people with Medicare have better benefits than those who have Medicare along with a supplementary insurance.

She informed me that it's the supplementary insurances that tie the hands of Medicare recipients and only allow a particular number of physical therapy, etc. sessions. Unfortunately, due to all the hype and hysteria surrounding the Affordable Care Act, people have panicked and have taken out supplementary insurance thinking they were getting more coverage when some may get much less.

I get concerned when I hear politicians, lobbyists, etc. talking about needing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, when to do so would be contrary to what God asked of us in the Bible.  For the poor shall never cease out of the land; therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land, Deuteronomy 15:11


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: Obamacare, Medicare, How Will Affordable Care Act Affect Seniors
By: Michael Wilhelm with TrustedSeniorSpecialists.com via You Tube


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Remember When

I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, It is more blessed to give than to receiveActs 20: 35

When my dad first moved here, I was amazed at how clear his mind was for someone his age. Of course, he had a few minor senior moments, but nothing major. After a few spells, his doctor thinks they are TIAs, (minor strokes), his memory isn't as good as it once was.

When the doctors asks him which year it is, more often than not, they don't get the answer they were looking for. It's not that bad, but yesterday after an afternoon of medical tests, I mentioned them to my dad and he couldn't remember getting the tests. Maybe it's because he was over tired, but it's concerning.

I don't want my dad to lose his memory. I want to hold on to that part of my dad, and don't want it to slip through my fingers, as if I could really stop it. I have to remember that my dad is in God's very capable hands and will get my dad and us through whatever happens in the future. I just want to appreciate all this time I have with him while he does remember most things. I am truly blessed to have this time with my dad. I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, It is more blessed to give than to receiveActs 20: 35

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: Stroke: the REALITY, Part 2: How Can I Reduce My Risk for Stroke?
By: NationalStrokeAssoc, www.stroke.org, via You Tube



Thursday, November 12, 2015

For the Love of Money

1 Timothy 6: 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Shortly after my dad came, we had hired a home health aide to help my dad with his exercises to help regain his strength in his legs. She seemed nice, but I overheard her talking to my dad at the end of one of her sessions.

She was telling him about her financial situation and how her utility bills were so high. The more I was prayerful about this, along with other things discussed in a post called Vain Babblings, I became aware that she wasn't going to be a good fit for my dad. She may not have meant any thing by this conversation, but it is not appropriate for her to be telling my dad about her bills, etc. I've read too many things about people who play on the generosity of those who depend on their care.

I'm not a very assertive person and would have found it easier to ignore the situation rather than deal with it. Being prayerful about how to handle this, God led my conversation with her in a direction where she helped me understand the process of getting a Medicare referral for home health services.

Not only did the conversation go well, but the vast majority of the medical professionals we've had through the Medicare system have simply been outstanding! I'm glad that God took care of these issues even when I was reluctant to act on them. 1 Timothy 6: 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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, November 5, 2015

We've Sprung a Leak!

1 Peter 5:10 but the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

For years, my dad had to pay for his disposable undergarments himself prior to moving here, because of incontinence. These supplies are not exactly cheap! I guess that's why he made them last as long as he possibly could.

Unfortunately, there would be times where he would spring a leak! That's a tricky one, because on almost all of the occasions, my dad wasn't aware that he had a leak. It wasn't always easy to know how to share this information with him in a discreet fashion, so he could take care of it privately. I thought he possibly had been putting the garments on backwards, so I started putting an X on the front to make it easier for him.

Fortunately, my dad was able to get these disposable garments from the VA, but old habits are hard to change. I still found that he would spring leaks on occasion. I didn't know how to get my dad to make the changes necessary. Somehow, God took this out of my hands, because after he started getting services with the home health aide, he started changing more frequently and having less leaks. I'm not sure what she said or did, but I feel very blessed that God takes care of issues I don't know how to handle. 1 Peter 5:10 but the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle 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.
By: NationalStrokeAssoc, www.stroke.org via You Tube



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