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I have read many posts where someone is expressing their disappointment at the lack of understanding and the treatment they receive from family and friends who really have no idea of what we are doing. They seem to have no idea of how much we would appreciate an expression of kindness and encouragement. I go through much the same thing with my two brothers and youngest sister. Anyway, I wrote this for the caregiver. :-)

We are not a Machine

We are the caregivers, but wait, there is more.
So please, hear us out before closing the door.
No we're not perfect, but we're doing our best.
We just want to get some things off our chests.
When was the last time you tried to come by,
Or the last time you called, if only to say hi?
Do you really realize just what we do here,
And just how often we are driven to tears?
Our loved ones and we are in worlds far apart,
And their verbal abuse can tear at the heart.
Their physical care can at times be a pain.
And the emotional struggle can be quite a drain.
What is it exactly, we are trying to say?
What would it take to really brighten our day?
A card in the mail, I'm thinking of you.
Or a phone call to ask, Hey! What can I do?
Even better, a visit from family and friends,
To laugh, to talk, and smile once again.
We must be honest, we don't want to demean.
But please understand, we are not a machine.

© 1999, Jerry Ham

e-mail: Jerry.Ham@werner-saumweber.de

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