Got a check up and my own health suffered while caregiving.
I knew the warnings. But I was still surprised when my latest doctor visit led to concerns about my own cholesterol, triglycerides, and even thyroid. Mom moved out 2 months ago, though there was then another month of family drama and stress trying to get everything settled. Mom's health issues are numerous but not debilitating (yet) - heart attack, stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes. I got checked out right after her stroke and got a shining star for my health at that time. No worries, right?
Then having Mom in my house, trying to watch her diet and health, and I ignored my own. My 9 to 5 job pays for lunch but it's always fast food. I stopped eating wheat bread because Mom hates wheat and it was easier to share. I was stressed and short of time so I used more prepared foods. Mom's favorite exercise is going out to eat, so I did that more, too. And then the stress.
I'm kicking myself for letting things go even when I know that caregivers' health often is neglected. Time to focus on myself.