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Saying Thank You to Your Caregivers

Saying Thank You to Your Caregivers

When I had my first exacerbation with COPD, it was in combination with a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. I spent days in a coma and I had a flurry of doctors, nurses, and therapists who provided the highest standard of care. Most of them were amazed that I had made it through and were eager to just come into my room and meet me.

I had friends who surrounded me. They helped to support my family by preparing food for them for weeks. They also raised money for my necessities.

My family was my caregiving team

My family was dynamic in my eyes. They jumped into action whenever and wherever it was needed, making my recovery a smooth running machine.

I was rarely alone. I had breakfast, lunch and dinner visits with meals brought from home to the hospital every day. In fact, after spending more than 2 months in hospital, I had never tasted hospital food. My son made sure that I had enough electronics and chargers to keep me more than busy.

Soon the friends went back to their normal routines. They mostly believed that because I survived, I was my normal self again.

My family had to somehow find the time to care for me as well as all the normal routine stuff they did on a daily basis.


It was a time of uncertainty that was played by ear. I had no idea how I would manage once I was released from the hospital. I had doctor appointments, and respiratory rehab and tons and tons of tests to get to.

My family made it to every one of these appointments with me. I never had to go alone nor did I worry about getting there or back again. My family never left my side.

Who will take care of family caregivers?

So my question is this. Who takes care of them, the ones that take care of us?  Sometimes the burden of having a chronic illness like COPD makes it easy for us to forget that our caregivers are suffering right along with us.

Face it, it cannot be easy for our families as they watch their loved ones suffering on a daily basis.

Sometimes, as I am gasping for air and praying for it to stop, I see the look on their faces and I am shocked at the horror I see there. They know what could happen and I know they feel my pain.

So, take it from me, allow your caregivers to compensate themselves for the time it takes them to care for us? My husband goes to football games.

Make it a point all the time to say “thanks” to the people that help you get through the day with a visit or a phone call.

Take a minute, every once in a while, and remember to say “Thanks for all you do.”

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Comments

  • Gentlewinds
    6 months ago

    Thank you for this article. I, too, am so grateful for the support of family and friends. They have been there with both physical and emotional support. They have allowed me to share my frustrations and anger over the restrictions of this disease. It took me awhile to share with family and friends my feelings but I am so glad I did. Their emotional support has helped me in dealing with COPD. Don’t know where I would be today without them. And I tell them often.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    6 months ago

    Hi Gentlewinds and thanks for your post. You are fortunate indeed to have such a strong support system comprised of both family and friends. A support system goes a long way towards helping to manage in deal with this condition on a daily basis. We’re glad to have you as part of the community. Warm regards, Leon (site moderator)

  • Barbara Moore moderator author
    6 months ago

    Thank You Gentlewinds for commenting. I appreciate your thoughts and I am so happy that you have family and friends that help to guide you. You and I are truly blessed. Barbara Moore (site moderator)

  • fmelissinos
    6 months ago

    This is so true.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    6 months ago

    Hi fmelissinos and thanks for letting us know this article resonated so clearly for you. We appreciate your input.
    Leon (site moderator)

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