If you are the main caregiver for someone who is aging, ill, injured or disabled, there is one thing you must remember and it is this: The healthier you are the better caregiver you will be! Often we become so concerned for the person in our care that we neglect taking care of ourselves. I remember many years ago when my teenage daughter was quite ill and in a coma. I was making myself sick sitting by her bedside, not eating properly (mainly because I had no appetite), not getting enough rest, etc. I will never forget her doctor walking into her room one day taking one look at me and saying, "Go home, eat, and get some sleep." Of course I said, "Oh no. I need to be here." He quickly reminded me that I was doing nothing for her except making myself sick. He then reminded me that as she got better, she would need me then. I was shocked when he left the room and came back with a nurse. He pointed to me and said, "I'm sending her home. She is not to be back in this room during the next 24 hours unless we call for her. Understood?" I was furious! But that was the biggest favor he could have done for me that day. I had a sick headache and was simply worn out. A week later she was out of the coma and needed me. Thankfully, I was able to be there for her when she needed me.
So remember this, eat properly - not fast food or vending machine junk. Get the rest you need and seek out help if needed. Let someone prepare you a healthy meal, allow someone to give you a break, etc. Remember you are no good as a caregiver, if you need care yourself!