we all talk about taking care of ourselves. I thought I had done ok. I knew there were some things that I had neglected, but Sheryl made sure I saw the dentist, etc. Working indoors and living on a poor diet can really mess up a caregiver's body. I knew that I should be getting excercise, but I thought since I was in such good shape when I was 32, maybe I could do without excercise for a while and I would be fine. The lack of sun being a problem never even occurred to me.
Well, I went and got a physical last Friday. I'm 41 now, and I hadn't been seen in many years. I was having persistent stomach and leg pain and I was convinced that I had cancer and I was going to die shortly after Sheryl. I was ok with that. Its not that I'm suicidal, but I just feel like I've completed my purpose on this earth. Anyway, it turned out to be severe Vitamin D deficiency. The doc said that it was a direct result of being a caregiver. I had no idea this could happen. So, I guess there is one more thing to learn about being a caregiver. Go out and get 15 minutes of sun every day.