I am trained to teach, but can I teach myself?

I am now officially trained by a national healthcare system to teach a course designed to equip caregivers  with powerful tools to take good care of themselves, so that they themselves do not burn out. (Caregivers are defined as those who are in any way responsible for the care of another…other than the regular parent/child relationship.) These include powerful tools for dealing with difficult situations and difficult people, too. Throughout the super-condensed sixteen hours of training (ususally two weeks) and practice teaching I kept saying to myself, “This is GOOD stuff! I need to take time to digest, understand and put these teachings into practice. They could become second nature, which would make life so much smoother.”

I have plenty of chances to practice and even applied a little bit of it at work this last week. Yesterday Mom and I spent all day at doctors. The previous day we spent half the day at doctors. As I hear Mom hacking up thick chest congestion late tonight, I realize my steps sound weary walking back to give her more Mucinex to clear her chest. She had forgotten to take it. I must take charge of administering these kind of “out of the ordinary” medicine that are not in her electronic, beeping pill reminder. (Thank you SO much for finding that device on the Internet Lizzy!)

Jim and I plan a few days away while my sister stays here with Mom. Thank you, Sis. We’re on the same team. Bonnie’s son will take his Grandma bowling on her “colored pin day,” where she earn money, albeit small sums, for knocking down certain colored pins and combinations of colored pins.

With God’s power, I will teach myself to put into practice this good information, these useful skills and pass them on to many others who do so much for those they love. For as the Bible says, (very loose paraphrase here) what good is it if I look in the mirror and see the mess and  then go away and remain unchanged, do nothing about it?

Therefore…gotta do what I know to do: go brush my teeth, floss and get a good night’s rest. You, too. friend.


2 responses to “I am trained to teach, but can I teach myself?

  1. Dorothea,
    It’s great that you’ve had this training for yourself and others. I have a friend in Salem who is caring for her mother (early stages of Parkinson’s) and could sure use some advise on how to take care of herself at the same time. Any suggestions about where she can attend a workshop or even meet with someone who can give her some good advice? Leanna

    • Hi, Leanna!
      Yes, let me look at my list. Someone from Salem took the training with me and plans to teach it in her area. I will email you her information. I’ll send you another lady to email. She is the national coordintor and has all the info for each city. Encourage her that this training is well worth the 2 1/2 hours once a week for 6 weeks. She will learn valuable skills to “put on her oxygen mask first” so she’ll be a better caregiver. She’ll also learn some coping skills and effective communication skills to use with family, professional caregivers and doctors, and with the person receiving care. Just learned that we will teach the class this fall at our church and it will be open to the community…yeah!

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