Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day, ladies and gentlemen, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you.
I admire those people for whom caring for the sick and broken comes instinctively. I can keep up the Florence Nightingale charade for about a week (slight exaggeration) but after that I need to have a Bex and a lie down. I find it especially stressful when the source of the problem is not immediately obvious or the patient cannot communicate how they are feeling. When my dog was indeterminately ill a couple of years ago, the vet suggested I could probably do with a Valium. I suspect his comment was his way of avoiding my endless questions and speculative scenarios. Why start at the start when you can jump to conclusions? I can be a real pain in the arse.
More recently, my True Love has been falling apart with one problem after another. Poor man. His ongoing Achilles tendon issue means he has been spending a lot of time on his butt. Sitting all day for months on end is not good for you. It hurts. So now he is a mass of pain in the arse. The pain is so bad that he even loses the power of speech at times. Sometimes when I ask him whether I can get him anything else, he can only manage a moan. There is not enough Bex in my medicine cabinet for me to cope with that. I think that deserves a visit to the doctor, don’t you?
Seriously though, caring for those with long term illness or disability is incredibly challenging. If you are in that situation, here is a song for you. Vocals by Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham. John Diesel on guitar. Enjoy.
Stay safe, stay sane and if you feeling overwhelmed, it is okay to have a cup of tea and a lie down.