The Top 10 Special Needs Events in the Caregiver Olympics
Caregiving around the clock is a high-stress job, requiring intense emotional and physical strength. On some days I feel like I just completed a triathlon and capped it off with a freestyle ski jump.
Hmmm…maybe caregiving could be an Olympic event. Autism With A Side Of Fries has suggested that the Olympics would be much more impressive with electrifying sports such as sneaking into a child’s room at night to trim toenails.
That begs the question: what would be the main events in the Caregiver Olympics?
Administer liquid vitamin or medicine to a kitchen escapee without spilling a precious drop.
2. 100 meter dash
A race to check out efficiently at the grocery store during a meltdown, and safely transfer all groceries and people to the car while remaining calm and without dropping anything.
Maneuver a person in a wheelchair through a partially accessible, very crowded public building.
Dead-lift a 50 pound person, swing him around to carry him on your back and then race uphill.
Dinner, bath, bedtime.
painstakingly smoothing out obstacles to full inclusion and poking forward to get the best possible services for a loved one.
Fill out a 50 page patient history from memory and shoot down obstacles to insurance coverage.
Remain calm and perfectly still while a person repeatedly shouts, “You’re a really useful engine!” directly into your ear. The last competitor to crack wins.
Get the whole family past the terrifying images of Muppets at the store as quickly as possible using any necessary distractions.
Race across a darkened room filled with furniture with sharp corners, scattered Legos on the floor and cups full of ice water without making a noise.
What would be YOUR Olympic event?