Tuesday, December 13, 2011


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!

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