Day 60: March 1, 2014

Thankfulness for Caretakers

Being a caretaker is no joke. I know plenty of my own, and plenty more who help others who are worse off than me.

In my own situation, I don’t have it so bad. For one, my recovery time isn’t too horrible. I simply need to sleep a lot and take nausea meds. Often during my 4-5 day recovery time (so far… it will get longer as I go along) I have enough energy to actually get out every once in awhile. During treatments and initial recovery, I need rides to places, especially when taking certain drugs. But even then, I don’t need to go anywhere, mostly. I don’t need anyone to get my meds for me, change my bedding or wipe my tuchas. Really what I need is to not be alone, have someone cook for me and maybe clean a little because I don’t have the energy to do it.

For those people who take care of others who are worse off than me, your job is no easy task. You take care of people who need help with the most mundane of tasks, and I applaud you. I’m thinking of those who take care of their ailing parents or spouses, who do the thankless stuff, whose daily lives are taken up with things only a home nurse would do. It’s a tough life, and it can be very stressful and mentally taxing.

For those of you who know someone who takes care of others, I implore you to help take care of them. Show them how much you love them by giving them words of encouragement, give them a day off or two, send them a gift certificate to get their nails done or go to a movie, cook them a meal so they don’t have to. They get worn out easily, but often have no one to turn to. It is a thankless job, and a person can become worn out easily.

For those of you who have been helping me: I want to thank you for taking time out of your regular but important lives to come over here to cook, clean and be bored on my couch while I sleep without worrying about entertaining you. Knowing there is someone here is a blessing to me and my kids. I even had my sweet eldest say: “I should be here more to take care of you.”

No, honey. You shouldn’t have to worry about that. Be a kid. I am going to be okay. Watch how others help me. Be secure in yourself and your life by being thankful for those who want to help so that you don’t have to worry. Someday, you just might have to wipe my tuchas and feed me while I wear a bib. But don’t fret about that right now. There are awesome caretakers out there who really want to help us.

I am thankful for you. Be sure to acknowledge those you know who are full-time caretakers of others. They need encouragement and support, too.

Much Love, The Cared-ForCaretakers

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