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"Our Circumstances May Not Be Able to Change, But We Can Change."  - Mary Tutterow, The Heart of the Caregiver

 Mary called the show to share her journey, insights, and her new book, The Heart of the Caregiver 

Mary and her husband Winn have two adult children and live in Charleston, South Carolina. Their daughter, Mary Addison, has cognitive and physical challenges and an active seizure disorder. They also cared for Winn’s mother through cancer and dementia. A former anchorwoman and marketing executive, Mary now writes, speaks and leads online and in-person small groups for caregivers.

Mary's new book:

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https://theheartofthecaregiver.com/ 

 

 

 

 

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Sandi Floria quickly moved  to intense concern when her 42-year-old husband repeatedly dropped the baby food while feeding their infant.  The puzzled look on his face signaled more than just clumsy hands, and she jumped into action  - because she understood warning signs of a stroke.

Sandi called the show to share her story, their journey, and their ministry, Compassion Radio.

Sandi's husband Bram has been the Full-Time Host of  Compassion Radio and President of Compassion Ventures since December, 2016.  For ten years he served as Executive Producer for the daily broadcast, which now reaches tens of thousands through a network of nearly 500 radio stations with 1000 releases a day.

Bram met Sandi in 1984 while doing Missions Work together in Eastern Europe. Apart and together, they led teams of Christian musicians on Evangelistic Crusades throughout Western Europe, the Soviet Bloc, Africa and Southeast Asia. As a Development Director for Continental Ministries and Christian Artists, Inc., Bram helped advance the arts in creative worship on three continents.

Today, the Florias live on 30 acres of what they call their ‘Texas Paradise’ where they’ve raised their four children.

 

From the National Stroke Association:

A stroke is a “brain attack”. It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. For example, someone who had a small stroke may only have minor problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be permanently paralyzed on one side of their body or lose their ability to speak. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability.

 

Use F-A-S-T to Remember the Warning Signs of a Stroke

  • FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

 

Stroke By The Numbers

  • Each year nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke.
  • A stroke happens every 40 seconds.
  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Every 4 minutes someone dies from stroke.
  • Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.
  • Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.

https://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/what-is-stroke/

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How would you feel if your adult child (30+) lived at home with debilitating migraines?

Caller from Mississippi shared her frustration at her daughter's challenges ...and behaviors. From what she describes in this call, the problem has expanded to addiction and other behavior issues. 

Caregivers can easily fall into the trap of enablers. Lost in what I call the FOG of caregivers (Fear Obligation Guilt), we can easily veer off the road into dangerous situations. 

There is a path to safety ...but we're not going to find it alone. 

That's why we have a show for family caregivers! 

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“How can you laugh through what you all live through!?”

Peter Rosenberger often hears that question when people learn of his 33 year journey as a caregiver for his wife, Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities. (80+ operations including the amputation of both legs).

Yet, both Peter and Gracie draw hope from their deep faith which strengthens their hearts and their sense of humor.

Peter’s weekly radio show, Hope for the Caregiver, is heard on more than 185 stations.  Through his show, along with his books and speaking events, Peter address the challenges of life, business, and relationships with candor, compassion, and comedy.

Drawing upon his martial arts studies (Peter has a 2nd degree black-belt in Hapkido), Peter equips audiences to practice self-defense of the heart.

This episode is from May 5 2019.  Opening with show producer, John Butler (AKA the Count of Mighty Disco) Peter takes listeners on journey through humor, compassion, and hope ...and points fellow caregivers to a place of safety. 

www.hopeforthecaregiver.com 

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The Overlooked Demographic in the Opioid Crisis

In a recent op-ed, I drew attention to the one demographic that remains absent from the opioid crisis discussion:  caregivers. Politicians, pharmaceutical companies, physicians, patients, attorneys, and law enforcement all weighed in on the public health opioid crisis. Yet one demographic remains absent. With significant input into this issue, caregivers receive almost no mention in the discourse of chronic pain patients and opioids, and consequently, are forced to struggle alone through the challenges of caring for someone on opioids.

Serving as a caregiver for my wife for more than 30 years, I’ve handled enough opioids that their street value easily runs into the millions. Washington Examiner 12/12/2017

No one said anything!

With a lengthy history such as mine, you would think that medical professionals would offer a path of education and support for me.  Yet,  not one physician, physician assistant, or nurse ever took seconds to offer guidance to me.  Rather than offering help to me as a caregiver (and subsequently to my wife …their patient!), I never heard, “Hey, she’s got chronic pain issues, and taking a significant amount of medication for an unforeseeable amount of time … you might want to seek some counseling and/or support groups for yourself through this journey!”  

A Family Issue

Chronic pain is a family issue. Furthermore, it affects all significant (and a few insignificant) relationships of the person in pain. Treating someone in chronic pain is also a family issue. When opioids are introduced or removed in the treatment of chronic pain, the patient is better served when the family caregiver is healthy.  Caregivers must possesses the necessary resources to seek to their own emotional well-being through what will inevitably be a rocky journey.

An Additional Challenge for Caregivers

Furthermore, paid caregivers attending loved ones can also represent a problem with opioids are involved. Many families are spread out and paying for an individual or service to care for an elderly loved one. Consequently, those families employ paid attendants to help with aging loved ones.  In the events of falls or surgeries, those loved one are often placed on opioids.  Maybe the employee is upstanding and dedicated. While that may be the case, families need structure boundaries regardless.

“You Don’t Respect What You Don’t Inspect.”

While paid attendants are in the home, vigilance in inspecting and auditing opioids (and other items) remains paramount.  Setting clear boundaries on the front end help both the family and the employee. When families engage, fewer opportunities for misunderstandings, mistakes, and even theft occur.

Family caregivers all too often perform significant medical tasks beyond their training, and furthermore, they tend to be isolated.  Consequently, the isolation of caregivers tends to wear down the caution when dealing opioids and other medical related issues.

For those caregivers of chronic pain patients using an opioid (s), please seek help. Talk to your physician and ask for a referral to a counselor. In addition, pastors and clergy also can connect to some type of professional counselor.  Furthermore, support groups also help connect to other individuals struggling with similar issues. If nothing presents itself in your area that is specific to your circumstances, try Al-Anon.

A Path Towards Healthiness

The first step for caregivers towards a healthier lifestyle for caregivers is to recognize the need for outside help.  Yet, we caregivers often feel reluctant to do so for a variety of reasons. Since things such as finances to feelings of embarrassment may keep us from enlisting assistance, all too many caregivers go it alone.  Consequently, we tend to “white-knuckle” our way through brutal challenges in isolation.  Asking for help, however, is not a sign of weakness; it’s wisdom. Furthermore, asking for and learning to accept help is a major step towards becoming a healthy caregiver. Because … Healthy Caregivers Make Better Caregivers.

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"We caregivers are often one broken leg away from this thing turning into a Greek Tragedy." 

Life insurance is a big part of our journey as caregivers, but what about if something happens to us that compromises our ability to serve as caregivers?  Can we make that life insurance policy work for us while we serve as caregivers?  

Jerry Garrett  (855)-422-1522 called the show to discuss AFFORDABLE options for caregivers to provide a bit of extra peace of mind as we journey down the often hazardous path of caregiving. 

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Peter Rosenberger is the host of HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER. He has served as caregiver for his wife, Gracie, for more than 33 years. 

 

 

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As a caregiver for more than 30 years through an ongoing medical nightmare, I can confidently state that I'm familiar with stress. 

But what does that relentless stress do the human body? We've discussed Gracie's dramatic recovery using natural products, but what about mine. Today, Mark Harris joined me to talk about MY health. Mark is part of a group that has worked with Gracie and me for two years.  Using myself as a guinea pig, I wanted to see if the products they recommended really work. 

Gracie and I have both witness ( and continue to see) significant results for both of us. No miracle drugs, no overnight fix, but a steady increase of healthiness that continues through our brutal journey. 

Listen to my conversation with Mark ...and then check out more at: AHealthierLifeForYou.com 

Gracie and I just share what we're seeing in our lives. We live with EXTREME challenges, and we need help healing what decades have caused for both of us. 

How about you?  How are you feeling? How many medications are you taking?  What did your last physical reveal?  

Healthy Caregivers MAKE BETTER CAREGIVERS! Visit ahealthierlifeforyou.com and see what you think about a more strategic approach to YOU becoming healthier! 

 

 

 

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