Thursday, February 4, 2010

Count Your Blessings!

Have you taken a mini-vacation today? If not, this is the time. Right now.

Close your eyes and let your mind wander over the last 24 hours. Pick out something positive that happened, something a little surprising, something a bit wonderful.

Was a co-worker especially effective? How about that smile from a friend? Did someone at the grocery let you in front of them? A good show on TV, a hug from your child, the warm sun on your face, sparkling snowfall.

Can you remember at least one good thing that happened during the day? Picture it in your mind. Savor it. Remember it with a smile. If you had more than one good thing happen, take some time with each event to remind yourself that all is not stress and tasks and caregiving.

Take a deep breath and let it slowly out.

Open your eyes.


Put this in your basket of mini-vacations to take out and enjoy anytime.

Remember, life gives us blessings every day if we only take time to look.

Blessings on your caregiving day!


  1. LaVerne:
    Very nice blog and I am hoping you can give me tips. My health System will soon open 2 new health products locations with the focus on elder care and caregiving.
    What do most look for /need from such a busniess? What solutions/resources would help them the most? In your opinion, how did you get those products/services your mother needed from such a long way away? How did you communicate with her physician?

  2. Hi, Anonymous, good to hear from you. To answer your first questions, I need to know what you include in your "health products" line? I used a lot of mail order/internet stores to purchase a wide variety of items, but brick and mortar stores filled the need for others.

    How I communicated with my mother's physician(s)(she had several) depended on who it was. Her primary care doctor reported monthly through mother's care team at the nursing home. I sat in by telecon or talked with the doctor or social worker later--but always at least once a month. My contact with specialists was always by phone. I was long distance, so whenever I visited, I made appointments with everyone who was involved in direct care at the time and met personally. E-mail was less of a force when I was caring, but I found that the telephone was more effective. I suggest that caregiver talk with the physician and work out a communication plan that works for both of them.

    Hope to hear more from you. I'm intrigued by your business.