In Praise of the Caregiver!

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn't know possible.” 
― Tia Walker

Today I will give praise and honor to the caregivers in our lives.  What would we do without them?  They give so much of themselves each and every day.   Whether you are in need of a full time caregiver, part time, or just a helping hand from time to time, caregivers play a huge roll in a disabled persons life.  Many times the caregiver in our life is exhausted, frustrated, and overwhelmed, but that doesn't stop them from caring for us.  They trudge forward and do tasks that make our lives better.

At this stage of my illness I am pretty much independent.  I still drive, cook and clean and do just about anything else, always with safety in mind.  Even though I still have a great deal of independence I still need help from time to time.  When I do my family takes on the roll of caregivers. Their support, love, and physical help is greatly appreciated.  I know that there is a possibility that as the years go by I may need a higher level of caregiving, but I know they will always be by my side. How blessed am I ?

Many people have paid caregivers.  They are equally important!  Just because they're paid for the gig doesn't change the fact that they have a difficult job.  

So let's give our caregivers, whomever they may be, a big thank you! I bet you'll make their day.

Do you have a special caregiver? 

Please Sir, may I have some more?

There are days I still feel like this!

During my tenure as a disabled person I have met many wonderful people.  There are so many out there who are patient, respectful, and kind.  From opening doors, to giving up their seats,  I have had such kindness shown to me on many occasions, and for this I am very thankful. 

There however have been a few times when I have come across people that are hateful, to say the least.  When I encounter a person like that I think of the phrase from Oliver, " Please Sir, may I have some more?"  That phrase fits perfectly because , "WHAT DO THEY WANT FROM ME?"   If you feel like acting like a total jerk just give me all you've got! 

!. To the man who watched me going  to my parking spot and became very exasperated at my slow pace, your impatience only makes me go slower.  I get nervous when I rush!  I hope the fit you were throwing made your day brighter.  So to you I want to say;

2. To the man who was on the bus with me and my husband,  your behavior towards my slowness was totally inappropriate.  I can only go so fast!  My husband and I were having a wonderful date night.  You were lucky by the way, my husband nearly decked you!  Do you honestly think by  talking out loud about the slow woman would make me move faster?  It actually made me much slower.  Well sir, to you I have to say:

 I hope they someday realize that being disabled was not my choice.  I would love to be able to move quickly, but that is not in the cards for me.  

Wow!  I have only two experiences that stand out in my mind.  That's not too bad! 

Have you had experiences like these?