Monday, May 9, 2011

Thoughts on care: giving and receiving

So now with my status as someone undergoing chemotherapy (I had my first treatment a week ago today) we sorta have adopted new roles in our household.
The caregiver (that would be me) has become the
And the
caregivee (that would be Ralph) has become the caregiver.

Ralph says it's a symbiotic relationship. He's right about that.
Now I get to play both roles: I still have the role of caregiver for him, but I am also getting a chance to be the one getting some care. Even if it's only lots of emotional support!

Oh, the challenges. But thus far we are are up to them.

Tomorrow we mark a major milestone. More on that later...


barb @iPhoneographi said...

I suffer from the oldest child syndrome. I've always been a self-motivated leader; take charge, take care of... then teach them to do for themselves. I have never been a good caregivee. And you know what they say about teaching old dogs new tricks...

Major milestone, eh? Intriguing...

Big hugs xo

Linda said...

It is symbiotic and it's also symbolic and lovely that you have each other to give and receive care from. I sometimes think that if I ever get a major illness or disease that I am totally up the creek as no one loves me that much to put up with me! I guess I'd better make sure I stay healthy, huh?!?

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