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December 10, 2021 3:30 am
My interview on Family Life Radio discussing ways to help caregivers at Christmas.
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Thank you for plugging into this family life streaming seems to have been family focuses under fire Thursday on family life battlegrounds in this. I'm your host Tracy Lane with us today caregiver expert Peter Rosenberger. First of all, Peter, would you briefly tell us about Gracie and how you have filled the roles of both husband and caregiver go about my one horrific accident when she was two-year-old freshman at Belmont University in Nashville to see and I met her couple years after that she would come back from that you been recuperating it been done pretty well. Shipper significantly and low scores of her lower legs which took the brunt of it.
But just drop dead gorgeous beautiful woman and then she opened her mouth saying about you out for the rest my life fall in love woman with a broken body what that was going to entail for others and mounted children of the doctor said look, if you go to go to heaven when you're young, but it told water and she is giving up both of her legs one after each child was born, and to date as of September of this year. She said her 81st operation that she's got a pretty big one coming up next year. How it's been a long journey over 100 doctors who treated her over a dozen hospitals and six or seven different insurance companies affect change around a lot over the years bitter so caregiver said, I do not did so that more than 35 years now and it says a lot about you and that demand that you have become my moment on the wily Coyote of caregivers of hello my made about every mistake you can make a few things all out and were looking forward to hearing about what you've learned and how we can learn from you Peter. I December is a particularly busy mind with added stressors for those that serve how can we be a blessing to caregivers we know and to the individuals they care for specific when you ask somebody what you can do to help a lot of people tell you what I do help you to do that.
I got to work up the courage to ask you that I hope you will so go put that situation just simple things like would be helpful to you if I brought you some milk at the grocery store. Is there something I could pick up for you cannot get your car oil change or something to make sure that the tires are properly inflated and rotated about a single mom with a special-needs child with a good time for her to have a flat tire. You know, there are all kinds of little things you can do if the caregiver is afraid and tired and weary their house and their car is as well so we can look for specific ways to help with that sort of thing.
No gift cards for groceries to the dry cleaners anything like that that you think in the normal course of things. Sometimes you can offer to sit with their loved one, but they may not feel comfortable that going to say. But there are always things you can do look up shopping today are the gifts that you need me to pick up for you very specific when you do wonderful ways to help the caregiver during this time of year. Very practical and very specific beyond having some boundaries for physical health. You know like getting rest. You also feel strongly about mental, emotional and spiritual health of caregivers. What advice you have for each person who serves today as a nurse attendant or custodian. I believe that the battle for caregivers is not in the past yes task are difficult, but I learned how to give injections to my wife years ago and I haven't had to have a refresher course what you got it you got it right with insurance companies. What you got it you got it, but where we Strobel. It's part of the human condition is in the heart and all of us struggle with the same kinds of things, fear, isolation, guilt, despair, resentment, frustration, weariness, caregivers have to do it on a amplified basis. I mean it's like a wall of noise.
Sometimes relentlessly. That's the bad news, good news is every bit of that is covered in Scripture. And that's where things start to make sense when someone explains it in a way that caregivers can understand and I speak fluent caregiver. Now when you say grade level to the valley of the shadow of that, I will fear no evil for thou art with me about you be a very long family, but he assures us of his presence and I would listen to a pastor talking when he was being examined by the committee to be ordained what Scripture what you would suffers you. Romans 828 which is all things work together for good to those who love God are called according to Sparks, wonderful Scripture, but you don't want appropriate that in the midst of craziness, seizure, or when there's so much pain and suffering going on, tempered on that in the Scripture, the comes about with me.
Job 213. Job's friends sat with him silent for seven days because I saw his suffering was great. It's okay for us to respect the trauma that other people are going through, I wouldn't have to offer solutions because we don't have, but what we can do is offer present and help them settle down. But just having the assurance of someone is there with somebody see them in this and understand that they have a Savior I'm not that I always tell my blisters on the show just got your hand if you don't think they'll print the features to fix try to fix it but you can be there with thank you Peter that was a guest and I had tears in my eyes. I'm reminded, as he said that he is the time he sees is there any thing else you'd like to share with our listeners, maybe even for resources to go to and recommendations on having a support group because you can't do this alone will do a radio program and I have a pocket three caregiver.com with this this time of year were reminded of all the souls working manual that means God is with God tabernacles with and is with us in this he sees this, he sees it specifically to that individual. He knows and he redeeming all of this, we trust him as he does not. We don't trust because of what he did on the cross. CDC approximately 1 million Americans are injured annually as result of falling on ice and snow.
Peter Rosenberg is a caregiver for my wife more than 35 years.
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