Hey folks, hope your post holiday hangover is going well!
I just wanted to take this time to thank all of the caregivers out there. I know this is an all consuming, exhausting, thankless, from the heart, selfless, kind, so many other things... act that no one can truly understand until they've lived it and I want you to know you are truly appreciated. And one more thing. Please don't forget one of the most important people in this equation, YOU! You must take some time for yourself. You cannot do this 24/7 forever. You will eventually become the patient as well and how will that serve you or your loved one? This may also give you more time as a partner/child/etc... rather than a caregiver, a precious commodity.
I know it sounds impossible, I've been there, but you must find a few minutes away, preferably each day, but at least each week to rejuvenate. Your brain needs to refresh, your body needs down time, you need time away. You need time to consider all that has taken place recently, possibly alone, possibly with a trusted confidant. But, please take the time. Your mind and body and your patient will thank you for it, both now and later, when your loved one is gone and you're asking yourself what more your could have done. Those will be some potentially dark times and you will need all the clarity you can get.
That's it, I'm off my soapbox now. Happy New Year!