Out of the mouths of…

I was sick for a few days, starting on Thursday. I managed to go to work Friday but spent pretty much all weekend in bed. I suspect the chronic stress and sleep deprivation from caregiving are doing a number on my immune system. Anyway… Monday I stayed home from work so I could take my mom to the podiatrist in the morning and get more rest. Went over to the ALF to visit (and help her get ready for bed) in the evening.

Yesterday I went back to work, but I was tired enough by the time I got home that I didn’t try to go see Mom. I just called to check in by phone. She asked how I was feeling and I told her that I was getting better, just really tired.

“The thing you have to remember,” she said, “is that it’s important to take care of yourself first. If you don’t take care of yourself, you’re no good to anyone else.”

Wise words. And what a gift to hear them from her, of all people.


4 thoughts on “Out of the mouths of…

  1. And this is something that we as caregivers forget-to take care of us first-hard to remember and hard to do.

  2. It’s something I learned and comment on in my book. Most employers could care less how you feel or what you’re going through when you’re a caregiver of an elderly person. That’s something else I learned. Blogs such as yours didn’t exist even 7 years ago when I began my journey as a caregiver. My parents are gone, but their wisdom and last words live on!

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