Thankful in the Centre of Everything!

Thanksgiving has come and gone but being thankful never ever should disappear for a year like a holiday does.  Being thankful is essential to getting through the tough times.  It aids good mental health.  It’s hard to be miserable when you are being thankful.  Most of us are thankful for the usual things like family, a roof over our heads,  food on our table etc etc.  I am especially thankful for all these things but I have devised a list of a portion of things that I am thankful as a caregiver of my Mom.  It might be a little unusual but these items are lifesavers.

  1.  I am thankful for grab bars.  They help Mom stay upright and out of hospital.  I like to kid that I would easily get in the Guinness World Record book for the most grab bars and railings in my house!
  2. I am thankful for lysol and febreeze sprays.  Oh, they work wonders on nasty bathroom odours!
  3. I am thankful for Spray and Wash.  It gets most of the stains out of Mom’s clothes when she misses the mouth or has an accident.
  4. I am thankful for Connie.  She is the most amazing PSW who gives Mom her much dreaded showers twice a week.
  5. I am thankful for Sandra who helps keep my house clean and gives me respite.  She does exercises with Mom and is also wonderful to talk to when I am at my witts end.
  6. I am thankful for my cats who bring Mom and I lots of home entertainment.
  7. I am thankful for Bread and Butter Bakery which right now supplies Mom with her breakfast muffins and her favourite cookies.  Next week she may be on to some other foods but right now these make her day!
  8. I am thankful for a townhouse condo neighbour who is never home.  She lives somewhere else with a boyfriend most of the time allowing Mom to crank up her TV to ear splitting decibles and I don’t get any complaints!
  9. I am thankful for the internet that allows me to look up and solve obscure problems with Microsoft Word because Mom can’t control the mouse and clicks all over the place causing the strangest things to happen. And you better believe that it’s not Mom’s fault – the computer just does crazy things all on it’s own.
  10. I am thankful for doctors who will listen to what you say and try your suggestions  for medication adjustments, etc etc.  I would be even more thankful if I got a doctor’s salary for doing all this!
  11. I am thankful for Lysol wipes that can instantly clean up any bathroom mess and you can just throw them out!
  12. I am so thankful for Hospice Kingston – for Sharon and Anne who help me through this difficult time with such knowledge, insight and a gentle, caring way.  I would be lost without them.
  13. I am thankful for Facebook and my email that keeps me in touch with the world when I am not able to leave my home for taking care of Mom.
  14. I am thankful for my haven in the basement – my easy chair, my cozy blanket and enough sound proofing that I can cry and scream when things are way too much for me and noone can hear except God.
  15. I am thankful for frozen blueberries and milk,  my go to food when I just can’t eat anything else cause I am too overwhelmed with everything and the anxiety takes away all appetite.
  16. I am thankful for my cell phone – not so I can talk to others but so I have a lifeline to my Mom should she need me or anything happens.  It goes with me everywhere.  Works best when it is charged though which is one more thing on my long list of things to remember.
  17. I am thankful for parametics who will come and pick my Mom up when she falls but is not hurt and get her back in her chair or in bed.  I just can’t do it anymore as Mom is a lot weaker and can’t help herself get up.
  18. I am thankful for my dear friends who lift me up when I am down in the dumps or am overwhelmed.  They whisk me off to Tim Horton’s for a steaming cup of tea, some good conversation and a bit of escape from my real world.
  19. I am thankful for my Pastor who always answers my frantic emails when I am at the end of my rope no matter how busy he is with the promise to pray.
  20. I am thankful  for a God who does not change.  He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Not like my life which is constantly changing and discombobulating me to no end.
  21. I am thankful for a sense of humor which can turn the darkest times into peals of laughter.
  22. I am thankful for tea.  Lots and lots of tea.  My main sustenance, my energy booster and my wonderful relaxing time.
  23. I am thankful for Lawrence Welk.  Yes, you heard me right!  Mom and I watch Lawrence Welk every Saturday night together.  It is one of our special times together as it is her favourite show.  I just like looking at the crazy hairdos and fashions!  Well, I must admit I like the music too.  Must also admit I’m glad when it’s over!
  24. I am thankful for Mom.  For this lady who frustrates me sometime to no end but who I love with a fierce love.
  25. And finally ( although there are many many more things and people I am thankful for) I am most thankful for God, the one who gives me the strength to keep going and the one who provides all that I need to do this incredibly difficult job of looking after my Mom and who lavishes His love on me as his precious child.

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