The First Caregiver, the Good Samaritan

Many of us face the decision about whether to place our loved one in a nursing or memory care facility. I made this decision after my husband, Ed, spent three months of anxiety-filled days and sleepless nights. He was totally confused and kept hearing voices that told him to go home. It was his childhood […]

A Day in the Life of a Caregiver

A day in the life of an Alzheimer’s victim (Ed) and his caregiver (me)… I helped Ed make his morning coffee, but he forgot to pick it up and drink it. While I was gone to the grocery store, Ed had cookies and ice cream for a late breakfast. I know because when I came home, […]

The Race Gets More Difficult

  The deeper we move into this wretched disease, the more tasks become mine and the less time I have to correspond. However, today I need to share my frustrations! My husband has now moved into the Moderate stage of Alzheimer’s, so he can do less and less. His short term memory is practically gone, but […]

God’s Will

As Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane he said, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” Then Jesus prayed a second time, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, […]

Moments of Joy in 2018

The holidays are over, and a new year has begun. This is always an appropriate time to recall the best memories of the previous year and plan for more moments of joy in the coming days. Every occasion that brought a smile to your care receiver is an opportunity for celebration. Many of our happiest […]

Serving

“Life becomes harder for us when we live for others but it also becomes richer and happier.” ― Albert Schweitzer   These last few months have brought new challenges and many heartaches as I had to tell my husband that he had to stop driving. This was not easy for either of us and continues […]

Support

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:18-19 (NIV) As I read these Bible verses in my church newsletter, I immediately linked the words to support for caregivers. So many times, we caregivers feel that we are losing control, […]

What do dogs and caregivers have in common?

We have two large hound dogs that are siblings from the same litter. The black and white male is named Hooch and the tan colored female is Hannah. These dogs have been a handful to train, but they are also wonderful companions. We have replaced their plush pet beds with indestructible K9 Ballistic cots as […]

One more thing…

Today, I want to share a message from my sweet prayer partner, Pat.  She lives in Tennessee and is a caregiver for her husband. After reading today’s devotional by Nell Noonan from her book, Not Alone (2009), I have been pondering some questions she asked about the crisis events in our lives: “Where can we […]

Weeds and Thoughts

As I was working in my rose garden this morning, I came across some very stubborn weeds. These weeds seem to be so small and insignificant, but once they take root in the soil they spread all over the garden very quickly. In no time at all, you have to work hard to rid your […]