My goal for this blog has always been to encourage and support those who care for a loved one with a chronic or degenerative disease such as Parkinson’s Disease.
And today I would like to do just that by encouraging you to be an advocate for your loved one, especially when they cannot or will not speak for themselves.
That word “advocate” can be a noun or a verb. Here are the 2 definitions from google.com:
noun – a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
verb – to publicly recommend or support.
Just yesterday it took 5 phone calls by me and 2 trips to the pharmacy by my daughter to accomplish one little thing – a prescription that my husband desperately needed.
For the past 2 nights he has slept only 3 hours before insisting on getting up. This was the result of a lack of one prescription that had been ordered 4 days prior. Yet it had not arrived. So, I refused to believe I had to spend another night with just 3 hours of sleep. I put on my “advocate” hat and just did not give up!
Everyone at the office of the Hospice Company now knows my name, and some of them probably have a not-so-nice nickname for me, but if that is what it takes to accomplish my goal of a good night’s sleep, so be it.
As caregivers, we choose our battles. We must decide what cause is important enough to call 5 times in one day to get it, and to drive to the pharmacy and wait 30 minutes, only to get the wrong drug and need to do it all over again.
Being an advocate is sometimes hard work, and we never know when we might be called on to fight for our loved one’s well-being. Sometimes we feel like unsung heroes, but we do make a difference in someone’s life.
If this topic seems familiar, it could be because I wrote about it in February of 2020. The topic was the same, but the occasion was different. Feel free to check it out in the archive of blogs.
Have you had to advocate for your loved one? I would love to hear your story.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is our advocate to God the Father in that Jesus paid our sin debt. (I John 2:1-2) Jesus is our Redeemer, our Savior, our Hero. None of us is perfect, and in order to have a relationship with a perfect God, we must have our sins forgiven. That was accomplished by the death of Jesus on the cross, and it was finished when Jesus arose on Easter Sunday, which we just celebrated.
Have you placed your trust in Jesus as your advocate? If you want to know more about how to do this, please send me an email and I would be happy to explain more.