9aIn honor of today’s date: 9-9-09, I’m offering a list of 9 reasons why I am thankful to be a care giver.

One of the reasons that I felt compelled to make this list is because I was having “one of those days”.  I laundered my father’s wallet with his beige pants ( yes, I am now a money launderer!) I could have SWORN I checked that pocket !  I then took a bubble bath and conditioned my hair with anti-wrinkle cream (no, it didn’t straighten my hair any further) and so I had to REwash my hair.  The list goes on….

And so to remind myself that I have much to be grateful for, I offer these nine reasons why I am thankful to be able to care for my father at home.

1.  I have gotten the chance to know him as a person, not just a father.

2.  I have grown as a nurse by gaining a whole new area of expertise.

3.  I have also grown as a person by learning that it’s useless to argue with a dementia patient; patience is imperative and I must be gentle with him and myself, as well.

4.  I am responsible for giving him his medications and feel that with him being my only “patient”, he will receive the correct medications, the correct dosage and at the correct time.

5.  I am thankful that he gets to have a glass of wine ( albeit diluted ) with dinner each evening.

6.  I am grateful that the people who are providing his care love him or are aware that someone who loves him is watching their actions.

7.  I am happy that he can sit outside in the yard and watch the birds flitter in and out of  the birdhouses that he made with his own hands.

8.  I am grateful that I am able to accompany him to his physician appointments and understand their language so that I can put it to use in his care.

9. I am thankful that he is not with strangers during his last days and that when he passes, I will feel that I have done all that I could have to make the end of his life pleasant.

What are you thankful for in your life as a care giver?


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