Can you have a sense of humor while serving as a family caregiver? Not only CAN you, but a sense of humor serves as a huge asset to caregivers ...even in the most challenging of situations. It doesn't mean you laugh at everything, but it means you are making peace with the circumstances you're faced with ...and allowing yourself to live and enjoy life while shouldering harsh realities.
We share some stories on this episode from the March 11 2018 show that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and let you know that it's OK to laugh ...and humor can help heal.
This show contains:
• The Count of Mighty Disco
• Caregiver Tip of The Day: Fight What's Closest
• Today's Senior Moment from Morning Pointe Memory Care and Senior Living
• Listener Calls
• Standing With Hope
For more than seven years, inmates at a Tennessee Correctional Facility administered by Core Civic have particpated in a one-of-a-kind faith-based program. They help us recycle prosthetic limbs through our ministry, Standing With Hope. The presenting sponsor of my radio show, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER, Standing With Hope is the vision of my wife, Gracie, and her desire to help fellow amputees in developing countries have access to quality prosthetic limbs. Check out more at www.standingwithhope.com
Ale, Lynn, and FunGani Aho arrived at the studio for a special show dicussing caregivers in the Kingdom of Tonga. A missionary to Tonga, Lynn brings an exuberance and passion for the people there. She met her husband, Ale, there, and their family is addressing the needs of family caregivers in Tonga. Using recordings of our show, my books, and blog posts, Lynn is showing Tongans how to better care for themselves as they see to the needs of the most vulernable members of their society.
Former Wisconsin Governor, Martin Schreiber shares his journey as a caregiver for his wife, Elaine, through Alzheimer's in his book, "My Two Elaines."
On September 17, 2017, our radio show becames the first syndicated radio show for family caregivers! Sponsored by Medi-Share and syndicated on the Truth Network, we broadcast on 13 stations in five states!
For More information visit www.caregiverswithhope.com
Since 2011, numerous inmates at a local correctional facility have volunteered to help us with our prosthetic limb recycling program. I recently took a few hours to meet with some of the newer men working there, and listened to their journeys. Once qualifying for this unique program hosted by Core-Civic (formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America.), these men disassemble used limbs donated from all over the country, in order to recycle all the usable parts (feet, pylons, knees, connectors, adapters, and even screws).
Tom* serves as the current team leader in the shop. His time there is nearly over and he feels ready to rebuild his life outside of prison. In a powerful intersection of Standing With Hope’s prosthetic limb and caregiver outreaches, Tom shared about his wife, who was an amputee, and how he served as her caregiver for many years. As you can imagine, his story connected with me.
Several years ago, Tom’s wife’s health declined significantly and Tom’s own health deteriorated, as well. He medicated his stress with substance abuse; taking him into dark places. When she passed away, Tom spiraled out of control and made choices that landed him in prison. “Peter, the stress I felt as a caregiver took me down. I simply couldn’t handle it,” he stated frankly. Clean and sober, Tom has a new outlook on life. Sitting quietly in the shop, surrounded by a table full of prosthetics in various stages of deconstruction. Tom added, “While I don’t like being locked up, I am grateful I’m here.” “If I weren’t here, I’d have crawled into a bottle and would be dead today. I was that self-destructive.”
A Prisoner ...and Yet
When Tom arrived in prison, he heard about Standing With Hope’s limb recycling program, and knew it fit him perfectly. His release date is soon; one of his first tasks when he is out is to donate his wife’s prosthetic limb to our program. While Tom’s journey includes harsh experiences, he continues to face life with courage, along with a conviction that he is in a better place—even while in prison. Although incarcerated, Tom emanates a freedom that seems to elude so many who’ve never even seen the inside of a correctional facility. After praying together, I drove home from the prison with a sense of awe at the amazing, redemptive work of Christ—manifested in a workshop buried in the center of a prison.
For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners. Psalm 69:33 ESV
Resin and Supplies
Periodically, large amounts of acrylic resin with a harder (catalyst) require purchasing, in order for the technicians to make quality prosthetic sockets for each patient. We recycle so many parts of a prosthetic legs, but we must purchase resin. Not only do we have to purchase it, but we need to ship it, along with the parts we recycle. Because the resin is a hazardous material, it’s expensive to ship. The immediate need for purchasing and shipping the resin, along with the parts through our inmate recycling program: $6,500 . Click here to donate towards this expense.
Both the prosthetic limb outreach AND the radio show for caregivers, reflect our desire to model 2 Corinthians 1:3-4,
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
*Permission was granted to use name, story, and photos
Finishing a series on the 7 Caregiver Landmines, we review the prior six, and then talked about #7 which is the mindset that "It's all up to us!"
In his weekly radio show, Peter delves into the challenging issues faced by caregivers. From the practical to the spiritual, Peter helps caregivers identify “what help looks like,” while also providing them with the vocabulary and encouragement to ask for that help.
Drawing upon his astonishing understanding of health care issues, a deep compassion for the heartache of caregiving, and his vast experience as a caregiver, Peter empowers fellow caregivers to take charge of their own, finances, and emotional state —regardless of the circumstances of their loved ones.
Knowing the emotional toll of serving as a caregiver, Peter’s outrageous humor brings the fresh air of laughter into the painful places faced by America’s caregiving population. Listeners leave each show feeling stronger, calmer, and better equipped to face the daily difficulties of caring for vulnerable loved ones.
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A scorpion sting cost Dorcas her foot, but for years, Standing With Hope has helped make it possible for her to not only walk, but run, play, and attend school.