Thing tend to get interesting when you are taking care of more than just your loved one. Maybe you have more than just your loved one. Maybe you are a parent who also takes care of your sibling who is disabled or an elderly parent. How do you balance taking care of the loved one and the other loved ones? It can get difficult.
Taking care of more than just your loved one can get even more difficult around this time of year when school is starting up and kids are starting to get sick. If you are a parent, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
What are you supposed to do? You cant distance yourself from the sickness. What you can do is employ certain techniques in order to minimize the possibility of you getting sick.
Hand washing is #1. You have heard it in school. You have heard it from nurses and any health care professional out there. Hand washing is the most important thing you can do to keep yourself from getting sick and spreading germs.
At this very moment, every body in my house is sick save for me and my father in law. So what I have to do is wash my hands. A LOT.
The kids are sick and my significant other is sick.
If i get sick to the point to where I’m not functional, I will not be able to take care of father in law. If I get to that point, Then i will have to enter him into respite. The main reason for that is n one else can do everything that i do from medications to bowel care. Without those things, he will pretty much be lying in his own filth and that isn’t good for him.
Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do. Taking time for yourself so you do not start to suffer from caregiver burnout, recognizing when you are starting to get sick and making sure you intervene before either of those happen so that your care does not suffer, so that your loved one doesnt suffer due to those things.