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A Loss of Dignity

What do you feel If you’re six feet two And you sit on the porch While your wife mows the lawn? What are your thoughts When you can’t stand up Without having someone to help? How does it feel inside When you try to walk But you can’t and find You need your wheelchair? When you have to have help To dress and undress, To put on your coat and mittens? How demeaning is it To have someone change Your underwear And wash your private parts? The caregiver’s life isn’t easy, But she doesn’t suffer every day With a loss of pride and dignity

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Date: 7/15/2021 6:36:00 PM
Whoa! Like a gut-punch. I'm not there yet, but I have to sit and watch my wife do work that I used to do. The smile on my outside doesn't stop the bleeding on the inside. Really resonates, Barbara. ~ Gershon
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Barbara Peckham
Date: 7/16/2021 7:55:00 AM
The last year of my husband's life was hard on me but much harder on him, I'm sure. He was so active before the stroke, etc. He had not been able to walk much for several years. Also, I had to help him with so many things that I know must have been embarrassing for him and even humiliating.