A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how blessed I am to care for Josie. Some folks have asked me how I came to be responsible for her home health care. I tell them that it was purely by God’s design. You see, He started preparing me for the job I have today from my very earliest memories.
The whole story is far too long for this blog post, but it includes my grandmother who worked at a nursing home, a job as a substitute in a multi-handicapped class, and several years as a church nursery coordinator with some special needs children. All of those experiences were being used so that when I met Mr. Fix It and he told me he had a teenage daughter with Cerebral Palsy, I was able to appreciate the glow that came over him as he talked about her. He said that Josie was perfect and beautiful, and I knew that he was right. She and I hit it off as soon as we met. This picture was taken at Sesame Street Live about a year after we met.
When Mr. Fix It and I got married, I was working full-time as an accountant, which is the career I went to school for, but I honestly never enjoyed. About a year later I left that job, and I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do. I half-heartedly looked for another accounting job, dreading the day I might get one. I would scan the classified section and my heart would skip when I saw something like “sign language interpreter” or “special needs teacher”, but I knew that even though my heart was there, I didn’t have the training that those jobs require.
Then one day, Josie’s mother asked us for help. She had always cared for Josie full-time, with Mr. Fix It and I taking her most weekends and several weeks a year for visits. But she was stressed and physically worn out. Initially she wanted us to hire a nurse, which we weren’t able to do as a single income family, but we suggested that Josie could come live with us and I could care for her. I loved Josie, and her mom knew that, so she agreed. And that is how Josie came to be in my care.
Caring for Josie can be challenging, but it’s always a blessing. There are little things that can make the job easier, and I recently discovered the Walgreens Home Health Care Solutions Catalog. I wasn’t aware that Walgreens carried all these items specifically designed for home health care, and I saw so many things that we can use. I was particularly interested in the ramps which would make it easier to get in and out of the house, and the No-Rinse bath items that could help us do a quick cleanup in between tub baths.
On the last page of the catalog, I noticed a link for “1000s more items”, and found lots of other great things on the Home Health Care section of the Walgreens website. I was so excited that among the hospital and home health care items, were some fun and pretty things made just to jazz up my girl’s pretty pink wheels. Her birthday is coming up and I have already ordered some of these great items for gifts! Josie loves pretty things and most of all purses, so I think she will really love these matching bags and SHRINKins wheelchair decorations! Shhh – don’t tell her. I want it to be a surprise.