For those of you that read this blog regularly, you may know that I have had various friends sick or pass away within the past year. THAT isn’t what this is all about, it is just an introduction to get us all on the same page.
For anybody that has a serious illness or has a friend or far away person that needs support for their loved one, there is this gem of a website and it is FREE to use.
(In their own words), Caring Bridge, “personalized websites that support and connect loved ones during critical illness, treatment and recovery.”
The advocate or patient can make entries about the daily trials and successes of long term illness or conditions.
For the person that is in treatment or in the hospital, everybody that is invited can sign on to Caring Bridge with their email address, and gets notified when updates are made to the blog.
For the caregiver (or advocate), the condition and circumstances are described one time as well as a Journal that helps them vent and tell friends and family just where they are at.The caregiver can privately pause to cry, or save to look at later, but Caring Bridge allows the creator of the blog to control the flow of information. That is one great thing about the computer. It is just between you and it.
There is a really nice area “My Story” that tells the “How we got here” for those late comers that need to be brought up to speed. And the blog entries are kept chronologically and time stamped so the family member of friend can keep track of the events.
Let’s face it, even though we all want to help, sometimes those 20 phone calls after a long day just drains everybody that is truly living the drama. Caring Bridge can be accessed from anywhere there is an internet connection. Hospital, while waiting for a test or home with your feet up on the couch.
As I said in the beginning Caring Bridge is free to use, which is so great for the people with these insane hospital bills. But as anyone that owns a business knows it isn’t free to run and to keep running. There is a place to donate and even though the minimum donation choice on the secure form is $70, they certainly will take less, every bit helps and it is a very special service for all of us to know about. Here’s how to donate if you are so inclined.
I have used the link for my college roommates husband that has had brain surgery nearly 2 months ago and is still in the throws of it all. But if you are ever invited to join the Caring Bridge “family.” Please think a moment and give what you can.