Being a caregiver is extremely hard work. The day-in day-out dedication caregivers provide for another person is quite literally back-breaking yet I often never hear a caregiver complain. They make sacrifices on an hourly basis all for the love and respect of another person. In my opinion, they are true American heroes. All 65 million of them!
With all caregivers there comes a time where you honestly want to throw in the towel. You believe there are never enough hours in the day. You’ll never have enough hands to accomplish all of your tasks. And you will never get the sleep you need to rejuvenate yourself. These are the tough days. They are the ones when you consider, “How did I get myself in this position to begin with??” But as soon as you are done asking the question, you say to yourself, “I’d have it no other way.”
We as caregivers love what we do and at the same time, we sometimes say we hate what we do. There are days and times that become so trying you honestly don’t know if you’ll make it until bedtime. And then there are some of the most rewarding moments that you are afraid to blink an eye because you may forget how magical it was.
Ah yes, we are caregivers. We can go from changing the sheets of a soiled bed to playing family movies and reminiscing about the old days all within 30 minutes. We puree food. We poke. We prod. But we also love and nurture and enjoy our time together with our family member or friend more than anything else we could possibly imagine.
I often say caregiving is the toughest job on earth. And although all of us have our tough days, we also have our best days. So as a caregiver myself, I share with you the solace I’ve found in having a moment to myself to take a deep breath and work through whatever emotion I’m having at the time. Whether I’m disappointed or sad, angry or feeling guilty, I say to myself, I am only doing my best and that is all I can ever expect. I will continue to do my best and that may not always feel like enough but it’s the best I, as one caregiver, can do.
I hope you to are able to take a time-out when necessary to recharge your batteries and pat yourself on the back. Of course we’ll still encounter those tough moments but with those, we’ll also have some of the best, most rewarding days of our lives. You are a caregiver and with that, you are truly a hero!
Until next time,