Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Meet a Sponsor...More Bang For Your Bucks!!

It is time, once again, to introduce you to another one of my lovely sponsors!  I thoroughly enjoy reading her blog posts whether they are money saving tips or words of encouragement.  Guest-posting for me today, please welcome Kelli from More Bang For Your Bucks!

Hi everyone! My name is Kelli and I blog over at More Bang for your Bucks. I have really enjoyed getting to know Sarah through her blog, haven't you? Her posts are so authentic and really speak to my heart. Her love for her children is so evident and I know she works super-hard, especially in caring for Peyton.

Our son was also born with a chronic disease, one which affects his liver. Although we do not have the day-to-day hands-on care like Sarah does with Peyton, we did get a taste of it when he was smaller. A few times he was on IV medication that had to be administered every four hours, even through the night, and each round took 45 minutes or so. Add that with nursing, there wasn't much sleeping going in our house at those times!

I thought it would be fitting to write a post about how to care for parents with chronically ill children. Most of us know somebody who has a child that requires constant medical attention, and from my short bout with it, I know it is exhausting. So I came up with a few ideas to help out those parents.

How to minister to a parent of a chronically ill child:

  1. 1.   Food.
     This is so very, very helpful. When our son came home from the NICU at ten days old, we had constant meals for at least two weeks. We were travelling to Houston once a week at the time {we live here now, but lived three hours away then} to see his liver specialist, and his regular pediatrician and lab draws at a hospital twice a week. {The pedi was an hour away.} So we had doctors' appointments three times a week. Not exactly how I imagined spending the first few weeks with my brand new babe- but those meals helped so much! When we came in exhausted from a long day, at least we didn't have to worry about dinner! {or spend even more money eating out.} 
    • a few hints: check with the family for potential allergens
    • make the meal in a throw-away container so they don't have to worry about getting dishes back to you
    • make the meal something that can be frozen
2.   Time.  As I mentioned before, sometimes parents of ill children can be sleep deprived. {honestly, parents of non-ill children can be as well!} It would be really helpful if you could visit during the day and let mom or dad get a few hours nap. You might could even sneak in a bit of cleaning while you're there. :)       

3.   Financially. I know that in today's economy, most of us don't have a lot to give. But brainstorm ideas that you can do. Offer to pay a co-pay for a doctor's visit. This may only be $25 for you, but can mean a difference in the family's weekly budget, where probably a great deal of their money goes to medical needs. We had so many people give selflessly during our time Landon was sick. I remember my uncle walking up and handing us $1000 in cash from an anonymous donor. Even though it didn't make our problems go away, just the fact that we could keep current with our medical bills was huge!

If the child is unable to be left without his/hers parent's care, you can still visit! I know from our experience that with a child on IV meds, you don't get out and about a whole lot. So going to visit mom or dad at their home- just to give them some adult conversation- can be life changing!

If you can't think of anyone immediately who has an ill child, think to the periphery of your life. It doesn't have to be your BFF, but maybe someone who needs a BFF. A family your child played baseball with? Someone who is a member at your church but unable to attend because of their child? I assure you that the blessing of being an encouargement will far outweigh any costs.

Oh, and speaking of encouragement, please join me tomorrow as I introduce a new series on my blog: the encouragement project.
My son during his yearly abdominal ultrasound.

Hi friends, Sarah here!

Thank you SO much, Kelli, for such a wonderful guest post!
Speaking from over 5 years of experience with a medically fragile child, these are AMAZING suggestions.  You may not think you have the ability to help out because the situation seems so huge, daunting, or foreign to you - but TRUST ME there are ways you can help.
Know that your help is most welcome and appreciated when it is given!

If you're looking for a post from me today, you'll find me guest blogging over at More Bang For Your Bucks!!

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