I Kings 19:5 ” All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’ “

In this verse,  Elijah had just fled from Jezebel and her death threats into the desert.  There in his fear and exhaustion, he prayed for the Lord to take his life.  When suddenly a message carrier for the Lord appeared…not with some great vision or even an explanation of this predicament Elijah found himself in.  Rather, the angel simply told him to eat, drink, and then sleep.  Over the course of my 36 year Nursing career I’ve seen it happen way too many times…a patient is either critically ill or dying, but it’s the spouse’s or caregiver’s  health that deteriorates.  When we’re in crisis, we forget to do the ordinary things.  We forget to get adequate nutrition…we don’t think to drink water…we don’t get enough rest.  And the result is a caregiver with downward spiraling health.  Care for the caregiver has become a focus for the Health Care Community, and something I advocated for wherever I worked.  So if you find yourself a caregiver, please remember to treat yourself kindly, take time for yourself,  and do the ordinary things.  For you’ll be of no help to your loved one if you’re in the hospital.

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