Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I'm pretty much a full-time caregiver at the moment. It's a joy to have this time with my parents but they are facing some tough decisions, and I'm in the uncomfortable position of getting them to face up to those decisions. There are times when I feel like I'm the only grown-up around, a feeling that will be familiar to anyone with elderly parents.
Although Mom is home from rehab now, she still needs time to recover and needs to take it easy. She sometimes tries to do too much at once, or they both plan too many activities for one day. In addition the calendar is FULL of appointments including weekly or twice-weekly visits from 3 therapists (physical, occupational, and speech) and a nurse.
I often feel that I have to almost demand time for myself, but they do honor my morning walk/run time. I especially look forward to that half hour or so every day. It's also a time to pray and reflect.
The weather here in SW FL is GLORIOUS at the moment and that makes it even better. When I see the sunsets here, I'm often reminded of the scripture from Isaiah where he describes a vision of the Lord with His train filling the temple. I imagine the train of the king being something like the beautiful colors and cloud patterns in the evening sky.
I'm also enjoying doing the cooking, under Mom's supervision :) Back home in Germany, I mostly cook for one. This is giving me a chance to try out some new recipes, including some here on Spark.
I've written a book again - - to anyone whose read this far! I WILL get around to visiting everyone's pages soon to wish you a joyous holiday season!