Nursing at Home: The Light at the End of the Tunnel
“You can either cry or you can laugh,” she recalled thinking. “Obviously one is a much better option than the other.”
Before Carmody, who is in her sixties, developed sepsis of the blood and ultimately lost part of her leg, she was very independent. She and her husband, David, traveled a lot, raised their two children and even ran their own software development company.
“Then, all of a sudden, boom,” she said of the unexpected nature of her illness.
At first Carmody was devastated, suffering a real crisis of confidence. She knew that she would need help to do the activities and errands she used to enjoy, so she sought the services of GraceFul Care Inc. The organization of women caregivers provides assistance and companionship of a non-medical nature to those in need.
“I could no longer drive or go to the store on a whim, so these wonderful women helped me,” Carmody said. “They seemed very dedicated and genuinely enjoyed their clients.” She received visits from the caregivers several times a week, and they went to shop at Tyson’s Corner, went grocery shopping and completed other errands. The caregivers helped Carmody with her mobility as she adjusted to living with prosthesis.
Slowly but surely, she has started to rebuild her independence, and has progressively scaled back the number of visits per week. However, she said she looks forward to companionship from the women immensely, and considers many of them friends.
“I have formed relationships that go beyond care giving,” said Carmody. “It’s nice for me, and I hope it is for them as well.”
Though losing a limb was obviously devastating, it taught her how to slow down and enjoy the smaller joys of life. Just the other day she sat down and emailed a friend, mentioning how she now stops to smell the roses.
“I now have time, as silly as this sounds, to look out and appreciate the deer in our backyard and the bluebirds at our bird feeder,” she wrote. “I think the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned back on.”