Because I’m all about getting bonus points, I’m going to start with my Hubby. Yes, he’s a caregiver too! Hubby isn’t the only male caregiver around, though. The number of male caregivers has doubled in the last 15 years. Some of these men are caring for their wives but others, like my husband, are caring for a parent.
My husband is included in my list of Caregiving Heroes not just for the bonus points but because he so lovingly and diligently cares for his mom. It helps that she’s a wonderful woman and pretty darn tough lady who had a stroke not too long ago, who continues to have heart problems (and is looking at a valve replacement surgery in the near future) and is diabetic. Hubby takes her to doctor’s appointments and tests and to the hospital when needed. He doesn’t leave her side when she’s hospitalized and he has created a thick binder full of every bit of medical information any of his mom’s doctor may need to know. He’s organized and persistent which are two of the best characteristics a caregiver can have. He also loves his mom very much and enjoys the time they spend together at the appointments or having lunch or coffee in between appointments. He’s a pretty awesome son and one of my caregiving heroes.
(I wonder if this is the best time to ask when our baseboards are going to be finished). Well, maybe not . . .
It may not come as a surprise but caregivers are everywhere. We have two in our own household. The cashier at the local drugstore is one (I was buying nighttime briefs from Robert and the cashier mentioned he was a caregiver for his grandparent). I have employees at work who are caregivers.
Look around in your life and you will either know a caregiver or know someone who knows a caregiver. There are many, many caregiving stories out there. All of them are ordinary people going about the business of life in an extraordinary way.
Aside from my husband, let me introduce to you a few more of my caregiving heroes.