Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gotta Stay Healthy

I know it doesn't sound possible but this is the first time that it has ever hit me that I can't afford to be sick.  I haven't felt good since last Friday and after a week it finally hit me that I CAN'T get sick.  I am the caregiver and caregivers just don't have time to get sick.  What really got me was thinking about what would happen to my brother if I were not here to look after him?  I can't believe I've never thought about that before.  I just assume I'll always be here to take care of him.  How naive is that?  I know it is silly to worry about things that haven't happened but it really did shake me up to think I can't afford to get sick.  Thank goodness there is nothing seriously wrong with me but it did give me cause to think about the situation.  I'm sure this is a concern for all caregivers.


kenju said...

Oh, yeah! My children tell me that I can't get sick or die before mr. kenju, since they would be called on to take care of him.

Arkansas Patti said...

I am only caregiver to my pets but I have those same worries.
I think just the fact of being leaned on by those depending upon us keeps us strong. Kind of emotional weight training.

NellJean said...

It's hard to cover all possible events. A friend recently died. Her husband voiced, 'This is not the way we'd planned ....' The worst case scenario is that a person who has no guardian, no resources and is not able to care for themselves becomes a ward of the State.