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Ode to the Caregiver

Ode to the Caregiver
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Published on November 4, 2016

OdeToTheCaregiver_blogWhen someone you love is hurting and you can’t protect them from the pain

It tears your heart out, causing much grief, that is a normal refrain.

While the best interests of the patient is everyone’s intention

That doesn’t stop the agony amidst the intervention.

For when you truly love another, and watch what they go through

It touches something deep inside, forever changing you.

It isn’t easy to sit and see what they endure

At times you feel like running right out the door.

But staying put and advocating is what you need to do

For that patient who’s a person that is very loved by you.

Each one of us as caregivers have a central goal

That isn’t learned or taught but seems to be an innate role.

We want the best for those we love and so we persevere

And do the best that we can for those we hold most dear.

We put our loved one’s life in the hands of expert persons

And many tears are shed as our loved one’s condition often worsens.

If love could make our loved one better and send all their disease away

The bells would ring, the song birds sing to praise the healing day.


by Lorrie Klemons, RN, MSN, Poetess, © 10/30/16 Care Partner Advocate, Patient Power Co-Founder, Patient Action



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