Our country is celebrating another Independence Day and our nation’s freedoms. We are free to worship when and where we want, free to bear arms, free to vote, free to pay taxes.
As caregivers, do we have freedom? No and Yes!
No – We do not have the freedom to go on vacation anytime we want. We do not have the freedom to run to the store for the latest sales. We do not have freedom to take our children or grandchildren to see the beautiful fireworks displays after dark.
Yes – We do have the freedom to not worry if we go on vacation. I remember leaving for a couple of hours and half-way to the neighboring town I suddenly began to stress…Why am I leaving? What if something happens to my dad while I am gone? I should turn around and go home. I pulled to the side of the road and immediately, I remembered the verse “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8.) I took a few deep breaths and realized what is true is that my father was in great care with my husband (a physician). It was a very lovely day and I was about to enjoy a shopping trip.
Vacations for a caregiver take even more planning than the normal family planning. We have two options, hire someone/someplace or ask a family member to stay with our loved one. We need the mental break to enable us to continue our job of Caregiving. Do not be too proud to ask for help.
Think about it, pray about it and allow the Lord to work in your heart and the hearts of others. Celebrate HIS freedom for you!