When the Caregiver Needs Care
This is my 21st year as a family caregiver. The day came, as I knew it would, when I needed care myself. After having odd symptoms for a couple of months I contacted my Mayo Clinic primary care physician. Tests were ordered and they showed a dark spot on my tummy. A surgery appointment was made for me. As it turned out, I had stage one uterine cancer and needed a hysterectomy. Who would care for my husband? Again, I contacted my husband’s primary care physician, and she referred me to a social worker. My husband had just been hospitalized for pneumonia and was very weak. The social worker arranged for rehabilitation at a local facility. He has made progress and is coming home tomorrow. I write for The Caregiver Space website and am working on an article about being a caregiver when you need care yourself. If you haven’t thought about this, I encourage you to do so, and prepare for the possibility. Like the Scouts, caregivers need to be prepared.