Thursday, May 16, 2013
Close to Nowhere
First, I need to say “Thank You” for all the love, prayers, concern and support while I was out of circulation and now that I’m back. I’m really touched!
It was really strange being off work and either at the hospital or at home. I haven’t been a patient since I was 26. I have been a caregiver, it seems like, most of my life. When I was a teenager, my mom was in and out of the hospital. After I married, Pop’s grandmother and aunt were both in poor health and I ferried back and forth to doctors and hospitals. Pop’s mom developed several illnesses and I added her to the doctors and hospitals, along with Pop’s younger brother John Paul, who developed chronic digestive problems.
For years now, Pop and our son Kris have had health problems – Pop’s pretty serious.
So, I’m used to being a caregiver. That’s a role I’ve been comfortable with – exhausted sometimes – but familiar.
It’s been weird being on the receiving end. Kinda scary at first, but nice, really, really nice. All the nurses in the hospital were fantastic. The CNAs were priceless. Ty, a CNA from Holly Springs, was so cheerful and enthusiastic that it was impossible to wallow in misery. Her hugs and boundless energy just had to make you feel better!
Being at home and “helpless” was a new experience also. It was pretty cool for a couple days, but as I got better, boy, it was boring! I couldn’t really do anything that I always want to stay home and do. It was pretty near impossible to sit up long enough and bend over enough to sew!
I couldn’t go to work and be with my work family, whom I really missed. Can’t, can’t, can’t got old quickly.
The first couple days back at work were exhausting. But my work family threw me a welcome back lunch and they’re going over and above to make sure that I don’t get too tired.
I’m not 100 percent yet, but I’m headed there. And being on the receiving end of caregiving has really opened my eyes. Being the patient is not nearly as much fun as you’d think. I’ve learned a lot from the experience and hopefully it’ll be a long time before I have to repeat it!
God bless you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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