When I first learned that my daughter Ranna would have to go back to the hospital, I thought first about myself.
“Oh, no,” I said to myself. “You can’t go back to the hospital. I can’t handle any more doctors or hospitals.”
Then, of course, I felt guilty. I was thinking about myself, and I wasn’t thinking about Ranna.
However, after a while, I remembered the words I’ve spoken to clients and friends so many times in the past. “Caretakers can get burned out,” I’ve told them. “You have to take care of yourself, too. You can’t be strong unless you take time for yourself.”
I realized that my reaction was a warning that I was reaching the point of burnout. I decided to take my own advice. I will take care of Ranna, but I also will take better care of myself.