Message from the President
Greetings friend, and welcome to the September edition of the Comfort Connection!
Just how important is it to be able to take a break and do some self care?
A couple of months ago, I sprained my finger chasing after my little Westie who wanted to play outside with the big dogs rather than come in for the night. I put ice on it immediately and pouted to myself, but I didn’t think much of it. For the next few days it was sore here and there, but I believed it would get better.
It wasn’t until we took a week off to go camping that I realized it was not getting better. Every time I opened a jar or picked up something heavy with that hand, I was reinjuring it. It took me getting away from my usual busy life to have an ‘ah ha’ moment. My finger was not going to get better with regular use. I took that week and the next several weeks to tape my second and third fingers together, creating a splint of sorts in order to reduce regular use of the injured finger.
Without that break, that time off, I would have just kept going at my usual pace without paying attention to something that needed repairing. Caregivers are special people who just keep giving of themselves. Without a break, you may just break down altogether. I can’t stress how important it is to take an hour, a day, or a week just for you. Take some time to recharge. After that you will be able to come back repaired, refreshed and ready to take on your responsibilities with renewed vigor! If a break doesn’t seem possible, give us a call! We’d be happy to help!