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An Optimistic Update: Katie’s Story, Part Twenty

OptimismFor the first time, I am reporting to you with a sense of confidence.

The problem with funding has been rectified.  The only major item remaining to be acquired is the shower wheelchair.

The change of caregivers has taken place. “Faith” started last Sunday, and already she is a comfortable part of the family.  Faith is a take charge individual.  She sends Sam out of the room when she performs Katie’s personal care.  Moreover, she is a task-master with Katie’s exercises.  This is important since Katie has lost a lot of her inherent drive.

Faith Building BlocksThe experience with Grace was an opportunity to learn and a sturdy building block for a successful experience with Faith.   Sam has learned that he can step back and let Faith do her job—he is in fact, eager to do so.  It is obvious that Sam is relaxing as stress decreases.

Faith stones

With Faith, I hope to believe:

THIS PLAN WILL SUCCEED!

Success ahead

Goal Setting: Does it Impact Longevity?

At the website http://www.AgingCare.com, TadBoyPA1 writes:

I am so blessed to have my mother Ann still around. Her goal is to see her grandson ordained a deacon and 1 year later a Catholic priest. My mother is a fighter and I do believe she will make it to that time and to see him achieve his goal. Faith and love will get her through and all of us caregivers through the rough times. Everyday I have with her I am truly blessed!

TadBoy’s story about his mother’s goal reminded me of a similar story about my mother-in-law. I commented in turn:

My mother-in-law had many serious health conditions. But like the Energizer Bunny, she just kept “going and going and going.” I attribute this to her goal setting, the major one being to see her last grandchild graduate from college. This, too, became my goal as her primary caregiver. It required doctor OK’s, special 02, and overcoming family dissention, but we did it! She had a great time.

Read the complete graduation story on pages 9-11 in “What to Do about Mama?”

Barbara Matthews

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