Caregivers Are Appreciated, Valued, and Necessary
My wife has worked in the healthcare industry for 16 years. She started as a caregiver and is now in an administrative position at a major hospital. Although the description of her job duties has changed along the way, she has always remained a caregiver, not only for her clients but for her co-workers as well.
Being a caregiver can be difficult, but they are unique individuals. They have a strength in their hearts that cannot be measured. The rewards are not always financial.
When I was going through my struggles with Cushing’s disease, my wife was working full time, sometimes in 24-hour shifts. She picked up a second job just to help keep things afloat in our home.
We recently had a conversation about the growth we’ve both experienced over the last few years, and the following is what I learned.
Honor your commitment
My wife told me a story about a sick woman she was caring for. One year earlier, this same woman had been taking care of her husband, who had medical issues. She was by his side for every appointment and hospital stay, providing the caregiving that is often expected in marriage. When her illness set in, he left her. My wife never wanted me to experience that woman’s pain.
The right support is important
This cannot be emphasized enough: We are not meant to handle or experience difficult times alone. The support of caregivers is invaluable, but there are also all types of support groups for everyone’s unique situation. Many of these groups offer great information and advice, and they provide people with an opportunity to meet others who are currently in or have overcome the same circumstances.
Love plays a role in health
Yes, love. Love is unconditional and it truly can help us heal. Love offers hope and restores our ability to continue moving forward through whatever difficulty we may be facing. According to a UT Health Austin article, love can even have multiple health benefits, including lower blood pressure, reduced acute or chronic pain, and improved sleep.
A loving caregiver is often selfless and brave. So much sacrifice is required of them but often overlooked. Loving caregivers have always played a significant and unique role in healing and maintaining the health of everyone around them.
To all caregivers: If no one ever tells you the following, then I will speak on behalf of those who truly recognize how much of a gem you are: You are appreciated and valued, and many would not have survived without you. Thank you.
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