NBC12 VIEWPOINT: The Joy of Caring for Parents

NBC12 VIEWPOINT: The Joy of Caring for Parents

By: Kym Grinnage email

I had one of the greatest experiences of my life earlier this week, and that was the joy of taking care of my mother. You see, I have never had to take care of my mother 24/7 ever before in my life. I always do things for her and spend time with her, but taking care of her, that was new.

My mother, Audrey, had knee replacement surgery last Tuesday, and I was her 24-hour nurse and caregiver for four straight days. For many of you out there, that is a walk in the park. But to be honest, I didn't know if I really had it in me, but I learned that love takes over and tells you what to do. It is both humbling and rewarding to spend that amount of time caring for a parent. You learn a lot about yourself and a lot about your parent.

The most amazing thing Mom said to me was that she had never been in a hospital overnight since she had given birth to me. The good news is that Mom is ahead of schedule on her rehab and I am very proud of her.

My real mission here is to give a wholehearted salute and thank you to all of you who care for our seniors every day. This is for those of you who care for their aging parents, for the home care attendants that practice warmth and care during their visits, for the nurses and doctors, whose skill and bedside manner is like butter; always smooth and good on everything!

To all of you I say thank you and I salute you!!

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