Looking after someone who is sick/injured or incapable of doing simple tasks for themselves takes a lot of compassion and patience. For many, it is a round the clock job. Not only did I get a small glimpse into what it is like to care for someone recuperating from surgery, I was also exposed to what my mom's life has been like caring for my father.
Until I had to 'walk in her shoes', I never fully realized how much time and effort she spends throughout the day looking after his needs. It amazes me that she is still able to perform other day-day duties such as laundry, vacuuming and cutting her grass. She rarely has a moment for herself and I am astounded that she can keep going day after day.
If anyone deserves a well spent break and holiday it would be my mom! I wish with all my heart that her life could be different, but unfortunately my dad is never going to get better. All I can do in the meantime is be there for my mom offering what support and help I am able to give.
For those of you in the caregiving profession and those helping care for loved ones, my hat is off to you!
Thought of the day: What happened to Old Zealand?
Quote of the day: What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.- Ralph Marston