We wrote a post yesterday about Caring Bridge...if you missed it...you can click here. It is a free site where people are experiencing health/life challenges can write about their situations and let people know their condition..if visitors are welcome...a need they may have for transportation...etc. For the people who choose to use it, it is very comforting and keeps people informed without being intrusive at a time when they need good thoughts and can choose privacy if they wish. Whether or not this is what you may choose for yourself or a family member...it is likely you do know someone who can use this thoughtful place of comfort....please share it, bookmark it.
The communications from the Caring Bridge site were more frequent yesterday as our friend had a double mastectomy. As the family got reports, they shared them with a messages on the site and everyone who signed up to receive them, was sent an email as they were posted. The surgery was a long one...hours and hours of waiting are very difficult for family and friends...we have as many people have...been there and done that...it seems like eternity between health reports from the operating room. Sometimes what is forgotten is that the care givers are also the ones who need care. These situations are a test of emotional and physical strength while the focuse is intent on the person most in need.
If you ask caregivers what you can do...the answer is often..think good thoughts..offer prayers...and of course that is what anyone would do in times of need. Their focus is not on themselves...and many people are not the comfortable with asking for help. Here is a suggestion that is easy to do and soooo very much appreciated.
Hospital food is ...well....hospital food...sometimes when a meal is brought to the room you cannot identify it by sight, smell or taste without the help of the menu. Hospital cafeterias are often not much better and in some cases are not open the hours that they are needed by care givers and family members.
Sooo...we deliver our own care package...OR in the absence of time, you can have one delivered. Our choice is always finger food....and snack size portions. No one wants a big lunch...more like a munch. Silver dollar sandwiches, deviled eggs, cookies, fruit, veggies plate, cheese and crackers. OR you may have a sub shop that has a variety plate and some "in the hand" kind of sides...chips, cookies, cupcakes. A basket courtesy of the Dollar Store in the upper left of this picture is just the thing to make transport much easier, We "stock" an assortment of foil and plastic pans and platters that do not need to be returned...one less issue for people who need no more at this time.
You know you know someone...or will...we promise...it's sooo appreciated...a phone call to the Sub Shop or a little extra shopping while you do your own...and show them you "cater because you care."
This has been a caring suggestion post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty caring about real estate and more important...the people who live in it...in southeastern Wisconsin.#caterbecauseyoucare