my job as a caregiver

@graysky (132)
Philippines
November 17, 2012 7:12am CST
The first challenge for me was how to communicate since he cant speak even a single English.The second was how to handle a patient with Alzheimer's disease,a urine catheter attached to his private parts,a broken arms due to his fall and a tumor on his stomach.It wasnt easy at first but the first thing i did was giving my heart to him,i have to put myself on his situation and my heart in order to understand him,his language and his pain.i gave him my full patience,there were times i have to sing him a song in order calm him and forget about his pain.and then after two months of staying at the hospital he recovered,but the challenge didnt end there.he went home with his catheter and it took time for me to convince his family that his behavior wasnt the same anymore,he forgot everything,and he became fully dependent to me.He became totally incapable of doing things like walking,feeding himself,bathing and everything.I can say that being a caregiver is never easy but i learned a lot from this job,observing my patient day by day makes me realize a lot of things about life.One thing i realize is that:it is not by how well you lived through your life,it is how you lived your life.no matter how many money you got,in the end,money wont give you the comfort you need when you grow old.Honestly, thank my patient for this opportunity,for giving me time to realize a lot of things in this world.what really matters most in this life.And the wisdom i gained from this job is more than a gift that money cant buy.
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@Lovegreen (376)
• Philippines
17 Nov 12
I'm not a caregiver but could relate because my mother has Parkinsons disease. Feeld good to know there are people working not just for the money :)
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@graysky (132)
• Philippines
17 Nov 12
in doing the job,the wisdom you'll gain is more than the money you'll earn.
• Philippines
18 Nov 12
I commend you for being proud on your profession, some might say that it is one of the common jobs in the world. But i must say, being a caregiver really needs your 100% patience and it is not a simple job really. Because you need to take in responsibilities and take good care on your patients. Have a great day!
@graysky (132)
• Philippines
18 Nov 12
yes it is..patience is very important. thanks and have a great day too.
• Philippines
18 Nov 12
Thank you for posting such informative discussion. this is inspiring...
@graysky (132)
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
thanks for sharing also heaytheblogger.
@hereandthere (32766)
• Philippines
17 Nov 12
did you have to teach the family how to care for him? do you still visit him?
@graysky (132)
• Philippines
18 Nov 12
nope,i dont have to teach them how to take care of him,what i am doing is to update them with his conditions and what medicine and he has to take or not.i am still working with them now.
@aabuda (1729)
• Philippines
17 Nov 12
A caregiver job is a one tough job. Just imagine, you will take care of a person whom who is not your relative...and can't even talk in your own language! I would like to congratulate you for having it as your profession...you should love it....and be proud for it!
@graysky (132)
• Philippines
17 Nov 12
yes,i love my job.thanks aabuda!
@Raine38 (9195)
• United States
17 Nov 12
I have such strong admiration and resort to honest to goodness and hardworking caregivers. Theirs is not an easy job and they give their heart and soul in their noble profession. I don't think I have what it takes to be one, but of course once you put your heart into doing something really worthwhile as giving care to those who need it the most, it is achievable.
@graysky (132)
• Philippines
17 Nov 12
personally,yes,i give my heart and soul to my patient.you have to know their pain and their vulnerability.sometimes they are annoying coz you really cant sleep at night but actually i pity them,they feel pain but they cant complain,they want to do something for themselves but they cant coz their body is not capable anymore.there were moments when i saw him in real pain,i prayed to God that if it is his time dont let him suffer long but if its not time yet,heal him.