You may not have realized it, but November 2012 was proclaimed “National Family Caregivers Month” by President Barack Obama on November 1. In his proclamation he stated he encouraged “…all Americans to pay tribute to those who provide for the health and well-being of their family members, friends, and neighbors.”
During my recovery my primary caregivers were my wife and daughter. I can’t walk in their shoes, but I’m confident I was a tremendous burden on them both physically and emotionally. As the person receiving the care all I really had to do was what I was told and try to recover. My wife works outside the home and my daughter is attending university nearby. We have a house to maintain and a dog that requires three walks a day on a very precise schedule.
The combination of all these factors were difficult around the clock during the initial stages of my recovery. Even after I returned to work eight weeks after my operation I still needed some level of physical assistance as well as emotional support.
It’s far too easy to fall into the trap of feeling sorry for one’s self and, if not forgetting at least, not fully appreciating the efforts and sacrifices of your caregivers and loved ones.
Bless you all…