Tuesday, December 13, 2011

HEALTHY CAREGIVERS

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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