A to Z Challenge 2020: Theme Reveal

I don’t know how to categorize my topic. It’s about health, emotional, mental and physical. It’s often about family. It’s personal. It’s definitely about a particular lifestyle. It’s about caretaking.

Lots of us are caretakers these days. We care for our children with disabilities, our aging parents and family members with dementia. Some of us work in healthcare institutions and give care to patients of all ages and conditions. It’s a special calling, a special task.

This year I’m using the April A to Z Blogging Challenge to share my own experience, my stories, my thoughts and feelings about caretaking. I am a retired RN, retired in the sense that I’m not getting a regular paycheck, but I’m still learning and doing, in the field of caretaking.

I live with my husband, diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2018. I’m also across the yard from my mother, a courageous 87 year old, and within a short drive of my uncle and aunt, both in their 90’s. Like so many others these days, I have a friend and a dear sister-in-law who are fighting cancer. While not giving daily care to all of these people, I’m often involved with their needs and I do care.

I’m interested in hearing from others about their experiences, since I have already found that caretakers, as a group, have much to share and teach each other. These posts are an invitation to all who read to contribute and connect. The A to Z format doesn’t cover all possible topics of caretaking but serves as a starting place for discussion. Please join me this month as we explore being caretakers.

There is a moral task of caregiving, and that involves just being there with that person and being committed. When there is nothing that can be done, we have to be able to say, “Look, I’m with you in this experience. Right through to the end of it.” Dr. Arthur Kleinman

4 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge 2020: Theme Reveal

  1. I think we all get a chance to be caregivers at one time or another, in one way or another. And then there comes the time when you are the one being cared for. I found it to be way easier to be the giver than the taker. In reading your comments I began wondering which sister in law is fighting cancer? If it’s okay to share who that is I’d like to know. Take care, love, Lorie

    On Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 6:02 PM I Just Have to Say… wrote:

    > shirleyjdietz posted: ” I don’t know how to categorize my topic. It’s > about health, emotional, mental and physical. It’s often about family. It’s > personal. It’s definitely about a particular lifestyle. It’s about > caretaking. Lots of us are caretakers these days. We care for ” >

  2. You are so right. Today we are all caretakes, one way or another. I live with my dad, who was diagnosed with dementia some four years ago, and with my brother, who is divorcing (a different kind of caretaking, isn’t it).
    Thanks for this theme. I’m looking forward to it.

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – Theme Reveal – Living the Twenties

  3. Wow! This is a topic close to my heart as my husband and I are care givers to 3 senior citizens. In fact my 2019 AtoZ topic was Caring for the Care givers.. I am looking forward to your posts!! Good luck 🙂

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