Caregivers: the Real Heroes
By Marygrace Lomboy –
I often refer to the caregivers that I work along side every day as true heroes. They selflessly give of themselves to care for a seriously ill or dying loved one without any reward, gain or recognition. They often have sleepless nights, caring for a loved one who’s needs are far greater than every imagined. The daily routine of feeding, bathing, turning, repositioning, toileting, etc… is probably one of the hardest things most people will every do, often times thrown into this role without much warning or training. It is physically, emotionally and spiritually taxing. Heroism usually involves acts of courage. It takes lots of courage to watch helplessly as your loved one functionally declines, can no longer get out of bed and become totally dependant. It also takes courage to put your career, privacy, plans for the future and personal lives on hold while being a caregiver.
I do have to admit, after witnessing these “heroes” day after day – I have come to believe in the greatness of humanity. How everyday people can reach down deep into themselves and find the strength and the stamina to do this work. I believe this work is carried out by the way of unconditional love that a person has for another. There is no ego, just love. People taking care of each other To see it in action is such a beautiful thing to witness.
As it turns out, I don’t have to look very hard for the heroes in my life – I see them everyday and I’m truly inspired…