Taking Care of Yourself When Someone You Love is Ill

This week a close relative was hospitalized and turns out to have a serious condition.  He’s not a blog-lover, so I’ll keep this abstract:

When a loved one gets sick, you have to take care of yourself. It’s hard to do your work, and to be there 24/7 for the rest of your family, and to eat nutritious, non-hospital cafeteria-type meals, and to find time to run or swim or whatever it is you do to take care of the one life you have.

So I’ll go to the gym today, just for half an hour. I’ll gor for a swim tomorrow, even if it’s just for half my usual laps: 30 minutes is better than no time in the water; 20 minutes is OK too, far better than not going at all. My intention is to keep up my routine, albeit reduced and adjusted, through what will hopefully be a long haul.

And I’ll write when I can.


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  • Oh, I can so relate to this right now, Elaine. Am cutting back on my presence in cyberspace for a few weeks, no blogging probably at all, very infrequent FB, Twitter, etc. We always give this advice to our patients caregivers, but sometimes don’t follow it ourselves.

    • Kathi, Thanks so much for writing. We spent hours today just waiting, and then waiting more. I’m trying at least to get serious reading done while I’m there, besides writing intermittently. Best, Elaine

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