Wednesday, April 18, 2012

care facility transition

My firstmorning after surgery coincided to the day with Patti’s admittance to a care facilityyears earlier.

Howafter 22 years of spouse caregiving had I missed this extraordinary ‘coincidence’?

Whatwould happen to Patti should anything happen to me as her spouse caregiver? –was among our concerns as the dawn of the care facility era approached after 15years of homecare.

Knowingwhat we know now and because of the care facility era, the answer is … Pattiwas worry free, stress free, safe and seamlessly cared for throughout mydiagnosis, surgery, and recovery.

Thisblog was originally created to share that transitional year for Patti’s family,friends, and anyone that may one day journey down the same path.
Backthen as one entry shares an Internet search found only 3 caregiving journalsand 3 Multiple Sclerosis blogs. Cyberspace is a different universe these days.

Anywayblogs remain difficult to read in retrospect because you have to read thembackwards. So as I found myself rereading that transitional year whilerecovering, I reorganized the entries in chronological order.

Forconvenience, I have posted them as a permanent page with the tab ‘care facility transition’ at the top of this journal.

Thoseentries remain a real diary of one family’s transitional year to the carefacility era after 15 years of homecare for Multiple Sclerosis. 

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer