As I checked through the mail yesterday, there was an envelope addressed to me from a friend. I could determine that there was a card inside, and I immediately began to ponder these thoughts
" it's not my birthday, there is no special occasion happening, so I wonder why she is sending me a card?"
Then there was a telephone call from a dear friend, just wanting to know how things were going this week and how "I" was doing......"
As caregivers, we all need that little boost to help get us through difficult days. Having constant worry about our loved ones as well as the extra reponsibilites that go along with being a caregiver, is not an easy task. I am very fortunate in that my husband continues to do so well, but at the same time, it does not lessen my worries and stress levels on days when he's having the slightest bit of downtime or when I'm accompanying him for medical tests.
There's another wonderful friend who never fails to ask me this question "every" time we get together:
Just hearing those words and repeating them on days when I need it most, helps to renew my energies and gets me back into a positive mode once again.
Yes, it's the little things that we do without even realizing it, that makes such a BIG difference in the lives of caregivers. Words of encouragement or a warm smile to show how much you admire what they do, makes such a difference when they need it most.
If you know a caregiver, please take the time to let them know you are thinking of them and make a point during your conversation to ask the question of