Elusive Reprieve

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Crowe Bridge Conservation Area

Elusive Reprieve

(for the caregiver)

 

The reluctance was audible

Your day had ended

You weren’t refusing to help

You couldn’t find the energy

 

You had sought a place of reprieve

Embracing the ebbing demands

And now called again, feeling urged

Disrupting your rest, stealing your sleep

 

Not a sigh of refusal

It came from deeper down

Your body letting you down

The reluctance, your body not your heart

 

No veil, your response exposed

I cried, my heart ached

The honesty, the confusion

Oh to be betrayed by self

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Author: Jasper Hoogendam

I have been working in the field of elementary education since 1980 till my career ended due to a TBI. Renewable energy as part of 'walking lightly on this earth' has been and continues to be my interest since my teen years. Since early 2015 I have been learning to live with ABI (Acquire Brain Injury). In sharing my day to day successes and struggles, I am better able to understand how my life had changed and begin to accept the change. In sharing my experiences I'm hearing from caregivers and fellow ABI's. I'm encouraged when my experiences are helping others understand some of the complexity of living with ABI.

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