Without My Lifeline-MY Phone

This is from a year ago. Yesterday (2.25.22) I loaded the dogs and took them to the groomer. I’m in Texas again and without a phone. I am anxiously tracking the “overnight” shipment. Delayed because of a late flight. It’s been on its way since 9:00 am. Another day without a phone! I am praying for calm. 🙏

Hugging Greg

Without My Lifeline-My daughter’s dogs.

My daughter left for Tennessee in 2017 and left us her two dogs to care for. When I come home, they follow me. Thinking about service dogs while caring for my parents was short-lived. Finding out Dad was allergic to just about everything gave me pause and I finally accepted the fact I would have two when I went home. These pups (grown dogs actually) are so faithful and accepting. They love to snuggle and I let them. Snuggle buddies❤️.

I first flew home twice a month out of necessity and then for ME TIME. Dentist appointments, dog groomer, and groceries were errands I had to complete, but I also needed some time to rest and rejuvenate. Caregivers must take some time for themselves. Caregiving is hard work. We don’t have weekends off. It’s a 24/7, non-paying job when caring for a loved one. I have a loving husband and loving parents and am devoted to them. I acquired a deep need for prayer, for them, and for myself.

Writing about my journey gave me time to reflect and share.

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About desertturle

Anita Henson aka Winnie. A retired teacher, and caregiver for my loving parents, wife, and mother. Married to Greg "Tex" Henson.
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