The Complex Caregiver

The word “simple” should come with an asterisk.  Beware of anyone telling you that something is simple.  It’s a red flag that something is actually very difficult or complex.

Here are 3 examples:

  1. Simple Recipe
  2. Simple Explanation
  3. Simple Directions

There’s no such thing as a simple recipe unless you are a professional chef.  There’s no such thing as a simple explanation unless you are a genius.  There’s no such thing as simple directions unless you have a GPS with you.

There are so many things that can go wrong when something is described as “simple”.  It’s a jinx so that whatever can possibly go wrong, will most likely and certainly go wrong.  It’s Murphy’s law just waiting to happen.

Spousal caregiving for my husband is anything but simple.  It’s complex and convoluted.  There is much to remember and much to delegate.  Every day there is a challenge and every day is different.  It’s a multi-leveled task that requires my full attention.

There will be times when you will feel frustrated and exhausted.  You may feel out of control and irritable.  However, it’s important that you , as the caregiver, be the cool headed person in the situation.  When life throws you a really bad day and there is confusion, you should take a deep breath, assess the situation, and be the level headed one.  The people depend on you will look to you for that calm and in-control reassurance.

Once you have actually become a caregiver, you will surprise yourself at your abilities.  When a loved one is involved, a supernatural cloud will descend on you with powers that you have never known before.  You will step up and do what must be done for the safety of a loved one.  You are an awesome caregiver with complex powers.  You are indeed amazing and when faced with difficult situations, there is absolutely nothing simplistic about you.

Via Daily Prompt:  Simple

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