Wednesday, June 04, 2014
A lesson learned is that we truly do need our sleep. It restores us.
The past few days have been challenging because I have spent the last couple of days addressing my son's needs. It is scary when you are sick and have digestive issues. Cleaning my bathroom every twenty minutes started just after midnight and lasted until well into mid morning. Poor guy, Little did I know that an hour's sleep would have to do for the rest of the night and following day.
The best thing is having a doable plan, meal plans changed, exercise... HA! All I want to do is hug my pillow. How little I appreciated what sleep can do for me.
Getting good sleep makes me;
Well rested, energized. (after coffee of course)
my brain is free to think of other things, (besides bemoaning the lack of sleep)
I have gone from being comforting to being robotic, just doing what I need to do. We settle in on the sofa and I say "shhhh" with my arms around him. Taking care of his needs, mine kind of went out the window, Besides I think I had a touch of what he had.
Finding balance is difficult and so is doing what you need to do for yourself when you are a caregiver. There is no shift change, you are on 24/7.
If I do not take care of me, no one else will. Today he is feeling better, but my butt is dragging and I have to figure out if he will be recovered enough to attend the Special Olympic Summer games this weekend. It's a two night overnight and he swims freestyle and back stroke. The good news is that cognitively he will not know that he missed it if he doesn't go. His younger brother has to go, as he is coaches our town's SO swim team.
It's another day, my baby's 25th birthday (the coach). Do I want to celebrate, of course I do but it will be somewhat muted. Life does go on, dental appointment, errands, chores... but all I really want is more precious sleep.
Oft we forget that the things that we take for granted, are truly needed in our life.
Perhaps I will get to sneak in a nap.