Sunday, November 27, 2005

Caregiving 525,600 minutes give or take

     Benjamin Franklin obsessed about squandering time. In Ecclesiastes there's even a list of time for this and that.There seems to be no shortage of advice on time.

     MS symptoms and damage have left Patti dependent. Others must step in to affect her use of time.

     Friday her life long friend Sharon visited with Patti including a friendly manicure and nail painting. Something Patti proudly 'remembered' because of the visual and pleasant reminder of the nail polish. A brilliant use of time because it existed both in the now and also helps Patti to struggle tomorrow and the next day with fading memory as she looks at her nails.

     Saturday I picked Patti up for a day outing from Noon until 8 PM. Eight hours seems like a lot of time only to accomplish attending the movie "RENT" and dinner at home. Yet, every action requires support time, and support time always exceeds activity time. Transferring, travel logistics, nap time, changing Depends and clothing, cleaning up and laundering bed linen, yada, yada, yada ... is critical to a successful outing and support time cannot be short changed.     

"...525,600 minutes! 525,000 journeys to plan.

525,600 minutes - how can you measure

the life of a woman or man?..."

"Seasons Of Love" from RENT

Time must be literally carved out from the caregiver's, family's and friend's schedules to create time in Patti's life for opportunities. We are blessed in that 24/7 care also enables her time with attended help, people, and activities when family cannot.

     Time for each other is easily pushed aside this frantic time of year when it is easy to loose perspective. 


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1 comment:

  1. I think it is good that you are able to put time to better use now.  Spend it wisely.



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