It would seem that the last days of August and September is upon us. This is a beautiful time of year in the Pacific Northwest. Traditionally we have warm (not hot) days, beautiful sunrises and sunsets and the air quality is very good.
This year we may not have the air quality we are so use to. The wildfires and low hanging clouds will keep our clean air away in some instances. As caregivers we all know this can mean increased breathing problems for our friends. We can help some with only going out when we have to and having our friend use a mask if the air quality is poor or bad. However, we may not have thought of the one thing which is best for our friend; taking care of ourselves. When we don’t feel up to things our friend notices and when we are having some difficulty with breathing due to asthma or smoke (whether from neighborhood fireplaces or wildfires) our friend is bound to experience some added stress. After all we are the lifeline for our friend. They depend on us and when we are a family member they feel guilty.
Another excellent nonprescription health additive is water. Drink plenty of water, this will cleanse our body of many an illness. Taking care of ourselves with drinking water, eating right and getting the rest our bodies crave is some of the best advice we can give ourselves. More helpful hints and helps can be found in www.preventionmagazine.com. We are, after all, the person who is standing between our friend and possible nursing home placement.