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12/5/11 9:21 P

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I have done what Barbara has take care of others who isnt our family but they are family to us

DEE Southern New Jersey
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12/5/11 9:09 P

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Barbara, it is so good to hear from you. I am so happy that you had the
health, strength and stamina, to take such love, caring, and nurturing,
beyond the normal end of life for your patients and their dear families.
You are one fantastic lady. God has blessed you so bountifully, to
carry out the desires of your heart and soul.

I am so thankful that I am able to take care of my dear Mom. For right
now, she is not sick, so other than doing all business including
everything, I am not going through the strain of losing her.

Like Daddys_Girl, I don't think that I could go through the physical &
emotional strain, of caring for another, other than my Mom & DH.
My earnest prayer is that God will bless me physically & mentally, to
be able to take care of both my Mom & my dear husband, before I
leave this earth.

"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
Psalm 121: 1-2 (NIV)


 
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12/5/11 12:50 P

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I know care giving and care taking can wear us out emotionally and physically, but I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with my parents in their last years. I too received so much from it. I would not deny anyone that sense of peace and acceptance that comes with handing our hearts and our time over to others in need even when it is hard.



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12/4/11 11:47 P

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Hugs to you Barbara!! It is so good to have you back. Hope you get some rest and rejuvenation!!

I loved being able to care for my Dear Father in Law and my own parents in my own home, but am not sure I could do it for another family. Not that I don't have the love to give, just the physical and emotional drain. Hugs for this special gift you give to families!

Merry Christmas to you all!
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12/4/11 11:37 P

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It sure is hard though, and when you are not well either it can also wear you down.

Dorothy





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12/4/11 11:19 P

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caring mentally and physically with the person who needs us

DEE Southern New Jersey
CARETAKER'S OF OUR LOVE ONE'S
SP Class of Oct 12-18 2008.
Losing Weight & Disabled
Menopause & Losing
Secrets of Life
Grandpas & Grandmas Are Special
40s & up...Sculpting a new U

Faith makes all thing possible
Love makes all things happen
Hope makes all things work

God is Good all the time. All the time GOD is good.

Let your life be like Angel Food Cake...sweet and Light---




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12/4/11 10:41 P

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This is a very special subject to me.

First let me say my two dear patients are now in the hands of God. Ms. Mattie 86 a stroke patient I have been caring for now for over three months, found her way to God's care late Thursday evening.
This family has been so kind and sweet the whole time yet so unable to care for this dear lady. With medicare cuts and social security cuts, there was no money for hospital care and nursing homes were out of the question.

People come to me all the time asking how much I charge to help? My answer is always the same. I am a Caretaker for God's Children; all I need is plenty of prayers,love and hugs, and the majority of those must be paid to my patient.

Now this morning at 7:30 the Lord came and took Ms. Betty 46, my cancer patient Home. Betty leaves behind a loving husband and two beautiful daughters. The cancer once again almost drained this family of their savings but not of their love and faith of God.

Being a Caretaker my job is not done when the Lord takes them Home. I continue my work to assure the family is at peace with what is happening around them. I am usually the last one to leave, after cleaning and washing my patient, this saves the family much needed money at the funeral home. As in both these ladies I followed through and did the hair and makeup for the funeral. I help the families in getting the proper clothes.. Some people say WOW...how can you do that...well I have done it for them many times while they are here, why not one last time?

The point I am trying to make is; I AM A CARETAKER.....NOT A GIVER.... I TAKE CARE OF MY PATIENTS all the way through. I take what God has given me and use it to the fullest of my ability.

I know I am gone from Spark and my teams for unaccountable amounts of time. I believe Spark will survive without me and if someone needs me I believe someone will call me. I also feel in my heart my critical patients that God has placed in my care need me more.

Right now the only one I have is Granddaddy. He is on the poor list. Not feeling to good. Really having to watch him.

Other than that I do have a big ray of sunlight in my life...Phillip....He is doing fantastic. He just went up for his Yellow belt in Karate today. He is doing great in school A-B Honor roll.

I am still spreading the word on Asperger's Syndrone every chance I get. Usually speaking once or twice a month.

As for me...well, of course with all the late nights and early mornings, no sleep, not eating right,no exercise,my weight is back up. Can't complain. This too will pass.

What is a Caretaker? A person sent by God to take care of His Special patients,when no one else will do.

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