By Fran Moore, PT
“Reach out here and pull yourself up,” the harried attendant instructed my friend. My friend was a large man who had difficulty walking. He was sitting in a wheelchair in a busy clinic, and the grab bar that the attendant was referring to was off to the side and well out of reach. Not wanting to slow things down, my friend did as he was told. The wheelchair tipped…..and I don’t have to tell you what happened next. Read more
“A Closer Look at Thanksgiving” from the The Circle of Life – Joyce Rupp
If you look at a sunset, you might see only the disappearance of daylight.
If you look beneath, you may see darkness opening the splendor of stars.
If you look at illness and disease, you might see only physical diminishment.
If you look beneath, you may see it as a teacher bringing you vital wisdom.
By Ron King, D.Min., LMFT
Studies on the impact of gratitude conclude that intentional appreciation when felt and expressed creates greater happiness and contentment. Over time, a spirit of thanksgiving generates physical health and speeds healing. It is even indicated that gratitude helps us live longer.
St. Paul says that “Contentment with godliness is great gain” (I Timothy 6:6). To be content is to be satisfied, grateful for what we have. Although this may seem impossible during difficult times, perhaps it is most important when we face illness and grief. Our ability to give thanks regardless of circumstances is assumed in another statement of the apostle Paul who declares we are to “give thanks in all things” (I Thessalonians 5:18). He doesn’t say we are to give thanks for all things, but in all things. In every circumstance we can find something worthy of our gratitude. Read more
By Michelle Gies
November is National Caregiver Awareness Month. Our Caring with Confidence blog writers would like to acknowledge all of our readers who are caregivers. We thank you for the important role that you play in the lives of your elderly, sick, or disabled family members or friends. We know that many days being a caregiver is a difficult role.
“It is truly one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Emerson
By Terri Durkin, SLP
No matter how much I drink my mouth always feels dry. Talking makes my mouth feel parched. I wake up in the night wanting a drink. In the morning, I can barely swallow. Sometimes my tongue is stuck on the roof of my mouth. I cannot gather enough saliva to lick an envelope nor spit. I avoid spicy or minty foods because they hurt my tongue. I carry water everywhere I go.
These statements are so familiar to those suffering with dry mouth. It is the feeling that there is not enough saliva in the mouth. Read more
By Erin Bouquet
“You work in hospice? Isn’t that depressing to be around death?”
“Why would a young girl like you want to do something like that?”
“Does your school require you to volunteer to graduate?”
These are just a couple of the responses I have gotten when I tell someone I’m a hospice volunteer. Read more
By Fran Moore, PT
“Please raise your arms up,” I asked as I began my physical therapy evaluation. The patient was weak and frail. Her skeleton was twisted and nearly visible through her skin. Her eyes were pale, and her long hair was pulled up into a bun. She was not happy to oblige my request, and there was a delay in her response.
She lifted her arms weakly, but with a beauty and grace that prompted me to ask an unexpected question, “Were you ever a dancer?” Her eyes brightened and sparkled. “How did you know?” Read more
By Patricia McGettigan, Licensed Psychologist
Caregiving is one of the most rewarding endeavors you can devote yourself to, but it can also be one of the most stressful. As a caregiver, you are one of the 50 million or so people in this country who assist their elderly parent, chronically ill spouse, special needs child or terminally ill loved one.
When speaking with family caregivers, I often hear that you do not view yourself as a “caregiver”. Instead, you see yourself as simply doing what a good daughter, son, parent, brother, sister or friend does for a loved one. This is true whether the care you provide is single tasks, such as taking a loved one to the doctor, or constant, daily care. Read more