Take Care of You First
Thanks for this information Janice. I am curious if you have any suggestions, or may write an article, about tips to increase concentration. I can appreciate that when you were under such a heavy load it became difficult to concentrate, in your case hard to focus on your reading. In retrospect is there anything specific you think would help with that? I know the suggestions you made here would be useful and create a shift that would then help with focus.
"Being a caregiver was the most demanding, draining job I ever had." Me, too, Janice. Truly exhausting and traumatic, both physically and emotionally. I am still recovering from it. What helped me the most, I think, was deciding that I would sleep whenever she slept - day or night. The lack of sleep had been killing me. It helped a little. Thank you for always being so positive.
This is very valuable, Janice. Thank you. You can't know the demands you will face until you are in the situation. Everyone understands the challenges of the ill person. Very few appreciate what the caregiver faces and it is a 24/7 job. Thanks for sharing.
Always great information, Janice. Caregivers need all the help and support they can get!
I am going to save this article -- in case I ever need it. When I took care of my mom in her last 5 months of life, I was a mess. Thanks, Janice! xoxo