Caregivers Alphabet – Y

by Annie Born · 16 comments


Yes is a word a Caregiver says regularly.

Yes, you will take your Loved One to this appointment and

Yes, you will take your Loved One to another specialist appointment.

Yes, I will remember to buy your medicines

Yes, I will make it better for you.

You will say Yes, to so many things your Loved One needs.

That is the reason You are Phenomenal!

You a rare, extra special, exceptional person!

Remember to ask yourself this question!

When do you say Yes, to doing something You Need too?

You don’t need to feel guilty.

Because, Care giving means, caring for the Caregiver too!


But I don’t have time?

This is vitally important – You need to make time!

I haven’t had my hair cut for as long as I can remember.

I would just love to…

Taking valuable time to value You is even more important as taking time for another appointment.

So schedule Yes Me Time! –YMT and write it in your calendar in your diary or on your phone. It will be our secret! Only we really know what it means!

Remember YMT is not negotiable. This isn’t something you can put off for another time, when something else important comes up. You need to promise you it would need to be life threatening for you not to give yourself YMT!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Cherie Miranda September 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm

This is so important for caregivers. Self care is something we all need to do, but for caregivers it is imperative.

Cherie Miranda
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Body Language September 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm

If only caregivers could take a break every once and a while, they deserve it.

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Sonya Lenzo October 1, 2011 at 2:23 am

K is for kidnapped….which is what a caretaker needs to be before they will take time for themselves! I know ! I have been there! After 3 funerals in my family in a year, the doctor said the next one would be mine if I didn’t listen to him!
Sonya Lenzo


Dennis Perry October 1, 2011 at 3:00 am

If the caregiver gets sick, who will care for them? The caregiver must have some time for self to be able to stay strong.

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Neil Dhawan October 1, 2011 at 3:08 am

Good Point, Annie ~

So many times, when caring for someone, their needs come first and the caregivers’ needs get put on a backburner – yet, if the caregiver gets sick, who takes care of them?

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Michael D. Walker October 1, 2011 at 5:57 am

Everyone who says YES all the time needs to take a break and care for themselves. I would imagine caregivers are at the top of the list.

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Rob Malone October 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

It is kind of like on the airlplane when they say if you are travelling with small children to put your oxygen mask on first then theirs. It is counter intuitive of what your instincts are but you can’t help your child if you have passed out from lack of oxygen.


Eva Palmer October 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

I think that forgetting about oneself is very common with people that are cargvers. It is a good reminding and advice for the exceptional work of a caregiver!


Clare Delaney October 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Great advice Annie – particularly about the “non-negotiable” part, because all too often other people’s needs get preference.

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Eva Palmer October 1, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Yes, definetly a word that caregivers use more than they maybe should…

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Jennifer Battaglino October 2, 2011 at 2:09 am

What a great point. Fact is, I usually end up seeing the caregiver for therapy because they can’t say no and always say yes. We always have the conversation that you can’t continually sacrifice yourself to care for your loved one or you won’t be able to take care of either of you.
We all need some recharge time.

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Michael Paulse October 2, 2011 at 4:40 am

The caregiver can only stay strong by making time for themself regularly.

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Andrew Miner October 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

It is a very self-less thing to be a caregiver. Would it be beneficial for a care giver to get some exercise to keep themselves in good shape to ensure they will be able to take care of their patient for a long time to come?



After 40 Dating Expert October 3, 2011 at 4:50 am

Hi Annie,

Yes indeed. I think every single one of those first several YES examples you gave I could, yes, say Yes to. Those were all things I was always doing for my late husband during his battle with cancer. And so many of those details of life, we just DO without even necessarily saying anything to them, just to take care of one more thing for them because their illness is already stress enough in their lives.

Any little way a caregiver can take a break, so a little something special for yourself, to do some self-care, DO! You richly deserve it and certainly need it.

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The Knowledge Stylist October 3, 2011 at 7:52 am

Very important message, Annie. Thanks for the information.



Kevin Bettencourt October 6, 2011 at 8:47 am

I would guess yes would be very frequent for a caregiver.

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