It was still another message on the phone, asking my spouse and me to do something related to the care my spouse and I help to provide for both an elderly and a disabled relative, and my mind wanted to go "pop". So, I forced myself to step back.
Sometimes, there are just not enough hours in the day for most of us. But then, there are also flashes of seeing another side of life, a side where we who give care depend on the kindness or effort of others, and sometimes we just don't pay them enough thanks.
Sometimes, we are so harried and forgetful, and we forget to see past ourselves, our own problems, and realize what we have been granted - friendship, support, and kindness.
Today, I want to say "thank you" to some of the people in our lives we could not have made it through the past months without:
The cousin who, seeing how we were struggling with a last minute deadline, switched with someone else at his job, and came by at 7:30 the next morning, with his patient and strong son in tow, to help us out. We never could have met a deadline without this act of kindness.
My mother in law's neighbor, who has been more of a help than we can ever thank her.
My son. Your grandmother appreciates everything you did.
The co-workers who gave me support, and listened to a rant or two (or three, or....I'm not saying how many.)
A couple of in laws and their spouses or significant others, and other relatives, for what they did to help us. It's too long a list to publish.
My spouse, who puts up with my impatient and emotional nature.
A geriatric care manager, who gave us more support than she will ever know.
Staff of a certain ARC chapter, for their years of service to my brother in law "B", who has autism.
Various medical people. The nurses who do the work and tend to be forgotten, especially.
I know I have missed people in this list. If I missed you,know that I still appreciated you.
And finally, you, my readers, during this time of me not commenting on their comments, not reading their blogs, being somewhat self-centered at times. They forgive me for rerunning posts of the past from time to time (to time). This situation will probably exist for at a while longer, and I appreciate your patience.
Have you ever depended on the support of others?