Caring for the Caregiver

Living with Multiple Sclerosis can be challenging. Having fifteen-year old twin boys with busy schedules and working outside of the home full time can make it even more so. My husband, who also works full time, is my caregiver, by choice. Thankfully, he delights in taking care of me and our family.

As a Paramedic-Firefighter by trade, caregiving comes to him by nature. He prayerfully gives me the injections every Monday, Wednesday and Friday that are hopefully keeping my MS at bay. He encourages the twins to pitch in to make sure that I am not overdoing it and sees to it that I am taking time to get the rest I need. We both know that we depend on my ability to work and help provide for our family. That's where my energy is best expended. He does most of the cooking and the laundry to lighten my load(pun intended).

Today we were at the hospital taking care of the caregiver. After 25 plus years on his job, his back has taken a beating. He has had a total of five surgeries, to no avail, and has exhausted all possible surgical corrections. His last and only option was to have a pain simulator implant put in his back. For him, it worked well for about four years. He even had times when he barely had to utilize it. We are thankful for almost one year of reprieve. Unfortunately, the pain has returned with a vengeance and the implant is no longer working. My sweet caregiver had surgery today to replace the battery, implant, wires and leads that had become detached from his equipment. So far, it seems it be a success. I am told that my “Six Million Dollar Man” is expected to be up and running in no time.

“We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster.” I don’t know about faster, but it has been said that slow and steady wins the race!

So what happens when the caregiver needs care? We all pull together and work as a team. We give the man, whose worth far exceeds six million dollars, lots of well deserved TLC.

The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.- Carson McCullers


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