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.