Monday, March 10, 2014
Thanks for the positive and supportive comments to my wee rant yesterday, it has been a rough winter being a caregiver and a volunteer but beloved and I are leaving in a week to take a break. Mum is 87 and needs LOTS of support in order to remain "independent" and in her own place. This means hours of freeway driving every day with heavy road traffic . She still wants to volunteer at our local school which means I am volunteering too, which I love, but it's all day, then I drive her home, spend some time with her, then battle the freeways back to my home. I have been exhausted, not sleeping well, not eating properly, and the weight is creeping back on. Now my husband has arranged for us to go away for 3 weeks. Some people from church will drive Mum to church and school, the rest of the time she will be on her own with stacks of books and her emergency button. We desperately need a break.