A Time to Recharge

As caregivers, we need to take time for ourselves. This is not always easy to do, so take advantage when you can. As I mentioned in my last post, we took a family vacation to Central Oregon to relax and enjoy the beauty. For me, this was exhilarating.

North & South Sister and Broken Top from Black Butte Ranch

We spent our first week at Black Butte Ranch near Sisters, Oregon. This is a beautiful area just to the east of the Cascade Mountain range with stunning views of the three Sisters, Broken Top, Mt. Washington, Three Finger Jack, Mt. Jefferson, and Black Butte among others. One of my goals for the trip was to hike to the summit of Black Butte. I would not have been able to do last year as I was 80 pounds heavier than today, but on the 3rd day of the trip I achieved my goal. In addition, we rented bicycles on the ranch (first time riding in about 40 years for me), played horse shoes and bocce ball among other things. Kay and the girls had a spa day while the guys explored the ranch. What a great time of relaxation and stress relief.

I will write more details about my health journey for the past year because it is important for caregivers to take care of themselves. By not taking care of myself, my ability to care for Kay was reduced. I was on a downhill spiral that could have been disastrous – for me and for Kay.

Please enjoy the pictures below. These represent the vacation which included a day of fishing on the McKenzie river. Remember, as caregivers we must take time for ourselves. This will allow us to be more effective in our task of caring for a loved one.

Be sure to check out Steve’s Page for links to some of my favorite sites and updates on my personal health journey. I will be updating this page as I progress.