This is a reflection on a complicated day! Thankfully, they aren't all this complex.
First down or maybe it was an up: I remember that I haven't arranged for the careworker to come early before a hospital appointment. Probably really an up, as there is more time for me to work with the children. Amazingly, we manage to get through Bible time, reading, spelling and maths.
Second down: Middle Son's science class starts before I have to get Grandma out. The teacher and equipment have to be moved to get a zimmer frame through.
Second up: We have Veritas self-paced history and Reading Eggs for the two younger children.
Third up: My husband works from home so the younger children don't have to come to the hospital.
Fourth up: the day is cold but sunny.
Fourth down: the wrong wheelchair has been put in the car. This wheelchair has tyres that have been known to slip off. We have a spare to use until it is repaired but when I park, it becomes obvious that the wrong chair is in the car. I pray and move the chair very cautiously. Putting the tyres back on with someone in a wheelchair is complicated and not good for backs.
Major up: At the hospital, no one seems to mind or notice that we are late! Phew.
Should have expected down: the appointment takes longer than expected. Go back to feed the meter. Why haven't I got round to reapplying for a blue badge?
Major praise: we get back to the car with the tyres still on the wheelchair.
Get home and my husband and children have got lunch. Another praise.
Expected downpoint: I don't finish lunch in time to start the afternoon's activities at the time I had planned. Tired! Read aloud time takes over. Finish Theras goes to the play and start A bear called Paddington.
Swimming lessons: out again.
Down point: realise that the main meal has to be early. Last week, I had a long discussion with the agency who can't get care workers out at the preferred time so now they are sometimes going to come early. In my ignorance, I thought that the carers had to come when Grandma wanted but practically, this doesn't work out so we have to have an early meal.
Up: Middle Son phones me while I'm out to volunteer to do the meal. Yes, please!
Up: we just about manage to get through the meal before the care worker arrives.
Down: I try to be clever and order a book on my phone before going to the prayer meeting. Something wrong with ordering on the phone so a bit of a fail.
Up: managed to get to the prayer meeting and stay awake.
Down: bed at 1am again!
Overall, there were more positives than negatives and I'm a born pessimist. I am grateful for strength. It isn't glamorous being a carer and not appreciated. I've often sat in church and felt bad that I can't do useful Christian service. Occasionally, not often, to be honest, I wonder about my relinquished career. Yet, this is, for now what God has called me to do.
I will bless the Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Do you have days like this? Perhaps you are another carer. Please share about how you manage the complicated days.