Hello dear friends,
Yes, I am a working girl for real, I am getting to use my CNA training, I work two 12 hr. shifts twice a week, at night, I must admit it is a real challenge staying up at night,~smile~. My whole body rhythm is out of sync, that's probably the reason I am writing this post so late tonight, or should I say morning.~grin~
There are only a few things in life that I hate, I don't even like the word hate, but Cancer and Alzheimer's are two things I literally detest. I have dealt with cancer through my Mother's illness, and am very happy to say she is doing so well, (no cancer found with the last surgery,)so much so that she has even gone back to working one day a week. To God be the glory!
The patient that I take care of is battling Alzheimer's, he is one of the sweetest persons I have ever met, a retired minister.I have learned so much lately about this terrible and dreaded disease, of how it affects not only the patient but the family as well, as many of you know, because you have walked this road yourself. When faced with situations in life, I am reminded of God's truth and faithful promises!
Deuteronomy 31:8~The Lord Himself goes before you, and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
The most important thing is to be sure the patients physical needs are met, but a close second and third, is to try and make sure that they keep their "independence" and "dignity" as well! When I come to his home the first thing I ask him is "Did you miss me?' His reply always with a big grin is "Till I'm gone." another favorite time is when I put him to bed and I ask him, "are you ready for your goodnight prayers," he always prays the sweetest prayers, I tuck him in and he goes to sleep fairly quickly, but soon is up again!
It is hard for the family to see their loved one being boxed into a dark and lonely place, my heart really goes out to them,and as a caregiver I have become so attached to both the patient and family, trying to be there for them when the questions seem to roll, especially in the morning when they come over and I have to give an oral and written report of how his night was! it seems that Alzheimer's is so much more evident at night. I love the smiles when I am able to say "He had a good night."
So much has and is happening here at the farm, we are so busy getting things planted for our new season, and lots of new lambs this year too, hoping to share real soon, I truly have missed everyone and think of you so often. I wanted to have a pretty photo to share with this post, hope you enjoy! This rose is for you dear friends!