For background you can find my previous post ("Blind-sided").
Today I'd just like to tell all of you caregivers how much I admire you. I'm a little less than 2 weeks into this journey and those of you that have been doing this for longer than that just amaze me. Really, truly.
My husband left on a business trip on Sunday. We both travel for business from time to time so a household routine change brought up due to travel is usually no big deal around here. But honestly, I can't believe it's only Wednesday. I can't believe he's only been gone for 3 nights! How is that possible when it feels like there hasn't been another stable, coherent adult in this house for weeks!?
I picked my daughter up from her friend's house after school today and as soon as I opened my mouth to chat with the mom I noticed that I...WASN'T...TALK-ING...LIKE...THIS. It felt SO GOOD to just...speak. Just a few minutes ago I was on a conference call with my staff. We were waiting for one last person to join the call and two of my employees were chatting about a new Italian restaurant that just opened up in the city. I practically luxuriated in simply listening to them chatter on about the house pinot!
So to all of you that have shown so much mental, physical and emotional stamina for so long and dealt so selflessly with the isolation and (possible) loneliness at times, I'd just like you to know that if no one else has told you what a marvel you are yet today, you have my complete admiration and I'm thinking of all of you.
Be kind to yourselves, friends, and thank you for all your wisdom.