Sunday, 3 September 2017

We just got back from holidays.  Too much driving this time, although we did get to see some lovely, remote places.  It's good to be back home.  I love my bed and it was nice to have a home cooked meal.

The break from work has been a boon for my soul.  I read a very good article the other day about caregiver burnout.  A quote from the article, Practising compassion in an uncompassionate health system.

"The truth is, our health system rarely encourages or rewards compassionate care, or spending enough time with our patients. On the contrary, we work in a system that systematically bullies, brutalises and burns-out health professionals."

A part of me dreads going back to work and coping once again with the amount of work and a part of me is hopeful that I can make a positive difference in my workplace. 

My son remains in jail.  He calls often which is difficult.  I'm still hurt by his abusive words last year.  And I don't trust him at all.  He turned out like his father after all which is ironic.  I left his father when my son was only ten months old to shield my son from his father.  His biological father is an alcoholic, a liar and generally an asshole.  He would lie about anything and everything which is what my son does.  I wonder if there is a genetic component to lying.

Fall is coming.  The days are getting shorter.  The shadows are longer.  The nights are cooler and the leaves are starting to turn.  It's my favorite time of year.  But it always makes me sad this time of year too.  Summer is over.  The long winter lies ahead. 

Things I'm thankful for today.

It's my wedding anniversary.
My granddaughters.
My relationship with my daughter is good.
I'll get a hug from Miss Katie shortly.
Putting my garden to bed.
My home is clean, the floors washed, the laundry is done.
Homemade bumble berry coulis and cheesecake.

What are you thankful for today?


  1. I am thankful that you shared that article! We have just changed over to a new "neighbourhood model" in home support. Management says they are doing it for us, the workers and clients. I think they thought we would actually believe that. We were already stressed as it was and now? It's so rushed. I am making med errors. Forgetting to do aspects of the care plan. I don't even have time to read care plans now. It's such a mess. As soon as I saw your link I went to the article and the quote you posted hit me hard. It's so true. Good, kind and compassionate workers are being brutalized. It's especially brutal when your an Empath.

    I am going to share the article with my coworkers.

    Happy Anniversary! 💕

    1. Thanks Birdie and I'm glad you found the article so helpful. When I read it I felt like finally, it's not just me.

    2. I actually just ordered the book from Amazon. :-)

      Today I was rushing, as usual, but remembering the article, I decided to take a little extra time to give an elderly lady a thorough sponge bath. She can't get into a shower and she said it was the best sponge bath she ever had. How long did it take? Maybe 7 extra minutes. I left there a little late but it was totally worth it.

    3. And so it begins. You inspire me Birdie:)

  2. What beautiful pictures! I hope going back to work will be easier than you imagine.

  3. My daughter let nursing because she just couldn't understand the lack of compassion in the system. Not the staff, just the system that reduces health care into health management.

    Congrats on your wedding anniversary!

  4. That photo of the leaf, I'm thankful today for having seen that. Happy Anniversary!

  5. I'm thankful tonight for your photography, for your dear soul and your wise words. I am so sorry to hear of this fractured relationship with your son. I send you peace and love and light.

  6. I ended up ordering the book mentioned on the website where this article was found. It is so good! One of the best books I have read in a long time. It's a bit expensive for a paperback but I can recommend it enough. It's called Time to Care by Robin Youngson.