The old boy scout motto rings true. You need to be prepared both mentally and physically for the role of caregiver today, because you never know when it the call will come. My wife, Cynthia, had spinal fusion surgery over eight years ago, and has had trouble with it ever since. Not the spine, but the donor site on her hip where they took the bone marrow from for the fusion. I’ve had some practice over the years, and am currently performing the drill again. She had some nerve pain injections yesterday, and has had an ugly reaction to them this time, with pain from her hip down her leg into her foot. She is to remain in bed until the pain subsides, sometime in the next few days.

Being a caregiver is exhausting. I’ve seen it with my patients and am living it now. My point is that you have to beĀ fit, because it requires the ability to handle a lot of stress, both mentally and physically, 24/7. Don’t let it catch you with your pants down. You have to be prepared.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.