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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

My parents are 84 years old and I am blessed to have them both. Many people my age are not so fortunate. Yet I am at the state where I am starting to have to care for them a bit and worrying about their future and what I will be able to do to help with their care. My mother is legally blind and my dad does everything for her...but the sad news is that my dad has glaucoma and is losing his eyesight now also. My mom is not able to walk any distance at all without her walker and when we go out anywhere she is in a wheelchair now. She is so bad with degenerative hips you can hear her hip bones rubbing together yet she has opted to forgo surgery due to her age. My dad fell the other dad in the bathtub and bruised himself pretty badly but thank the Lord nothing was broken. Things like this are really starting to worry me. I am thankful at this point for my nurses training as that will come in handy to care for their physical and mental needs. I am praying that I am up for this challenge and that even though I am considered "disabled" myself that God will grant me the strength and ability to do all that needs to be done for them.

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JGMK55 10/11/2010 12:43PM

    Sarah, it is not easy caring for our aged loved ones. But it is gratifying. My DH and I have been caring for my 90 year old uncle for the past four years. A month ago we had to move him into the Memory Care Unit of the ALF he is living in now (after having lived with us for three years). He has good days and bad days and lots of in between days. He is well cared for now and although it is wrenching to see the decline come so quickly, he is safe and that is all that counts. My prayers are with you as you care for your parents. You aren't alone.

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CTUPTON 10/11/2010 9:31AM

    Sarah, Prayers being sent. emoticon Chris

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ZELLAZM 10/11/2010 6:54AM

    Praying for you as well, Sarah. One website that has been helpful for me is Lots of good resources for caregivers and for those who might be caregivers in the future.

Blessings today,

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THENEWME43 10/9/2010 6:24PM

    Sarah, your love for your parents shines through your words. What a blessing that you all have one another! I'm praying the Lord will give you wisdom and strength as you oversee their care.
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SMIDGON 10/7/2010 7:40PM

    Sarah, I pray to our Lord God that you will be able to do for them as they have done for you.
You have got to care for yourself or you will be no good for them ,or, for Jesse.

With your fibro. and cfs you have got to think of your own health,also.. emoticon

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RURAL3 10/6/2010 11:24PM

    My prayers are with you Sarah emoticon May God give you His strength and wisdom.

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I feel for all you are saying Sarah. I'm a carer for a couple of members of my family including my 88 year old Mum. Some days she is good and others not so.

Has your Dad had any operations for his Glaucoma? My Mum has had 4 plus a couple of cataracts, while she doesn't see too well without her specs she is better than if she hadn't had any operations at all.

I hope things get better for you

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ECOCHRISTIAN 10/5/2010 9:25PM

    It is a blessing that you still have your parents and have the training to help them. I am praying that you will be able to continue to do so without too much stress on you. emoticon

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KATHYJO56 10/5/2010 8:51PM

    Sarah, You are so fortunate to have them and to have training to know how to care for them. I am praying for you that God will guide you in their care.

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MUSICLVR98 10/5/2010 8:07PM

    You are definitely in my prayers. What a blessing to be able to know how to care for your parents! I know it is a huge burden as well, so I admire you for stepping up to the plate despite your own limitations. It's amazing what God can do with our little bit of willingness!


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CHRYS13 10/5/2010 7:11PM

    Praying the God will give you strength that you will be able to care for your parents. Praise God that you still have them and that you are close enough to be with them!

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DAISY443 10/5/2010 6:05PM

    Oh, Sarah, you have so many burdens to bear and you do it so gracefully. I pray that your parents will stay well and that you can find a way to care for them that will not take all your energy. Hugs and prayers!

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