Thursday, February 28, 2013

Caregiving 101



This week has been a true test of my faith and patience. We had snow, lots and lots of snow. I still have to go to work because I live in town, so off to work I go. The first day wasn't bad but by nightfall we had lost power. Now, we had to have a generator before they would sign off on us at TIRR rehab so a very generous company and person gave us a generator so we could at least run Dennis's bed, suction machine, lift, and vent if need be. So this is where I sometimes have meltdowns at crunch time. First thing, I have to go start the generator in the snow.
OK, well I couldn't get it started .  Apparently I am not strong enough to pull the cord.  So in the blinding snow our neighbor Jason had to come over and in 2 pulls had it started.  No, I didn't cry but I wanted to out of frustration.  Then I thought I had plenty of gas but once again apparently I did not. 
Then you have to run extension cords through our dog door to plug the freezer and electric blanket for mom. 
During the day it turns on the television and at night the blanket.  We have a camping stove for cooking and  battery packed lanterns for light.  It's hard enought to take care of everything and everybody with normal circumstances but this was really annoying.  There were a few times that I would like to put the covers over my head and not come out, but caregivers do not get that luxury.   Through it all we counted our blessings because we did have a generator and many people did not.  We had a fireplace and that was a God send. 
This is out my bedroom door!
The next morning I had to drive to work and although I made it, the drive was scary.  It was me and one other girl and three guys, but we got done what was needed. 
My next post will be about the angels that take care of Dennis and I when we need it!  Much love, Cheri



  1. Cheri, your post again brought home to me that although that white stuff looks so pretty and magical, it can cause such nightmares and difficulties. You and Dennis so need reliable power at all times. As you say thank goodness for the generator (which is imperative to have under the circumstances)
    I can only but imagine how scary it is driving in those conditions - I shudder to think.
    Lots of hugs and praying for an early spring and easier times.

  2. Hi Cheri, I'm so glad to have found you again. When you left a comment on my blog I would click to reply and get 'no profile'.. but here I am going through a different channel and I couldn't believe it when your name popped up. I've been catching up on all your news. Nature can be very obtuse at times, now you are getting the much need moisture your town needs but in the form of snow which is causing so many problems. I really take my hat off to you, how you manage without a meltdown is amazing..I know you just hae too but still! Hopefully soon when the snow melts things will be much better for the input of water. Take care, warmest regards Grace.

  3. Glad it worked out even if traumatic for you.

  4. Well...I would have been in tears! Bless your heart....and that of your helpful neighbor. hang in there. Spring is on it's way...Janey