Put on your own oxygen mask first.. and keep it on!
As caregivers, we worry about those in our charge.
(You can substitute employees and work here.)
When they go to the hospital, we make sure the doctors and staff are offering proper care.
Put on your own mask, please!
Wednesday morning, we had to call paramedics to take my father-in-law to the ER with what turned out to be a serious bladder infection. (Good news, he’s already home.)
I was moments away from leaving for work when my mother-in-law let us know about his problems.
I switched tracks and put my mask on: I brewed a big pot coffee and ate a quick plate of food while coordinating client reschedules. We ensured my MIL ate a piece of toast and drank some water. (She tried to argue, but we weren’t having it.)
We were in the car to the hospital at 6:30.
Egan, Cathy, and I were then at the hospital until 1pm, with hardly any additional water in the meanwhile. Forget about food! 🙁
We were ALL dehydrated and running on fumes. My mask was on, but somewhere through the day, it was knocked off.
If I hadn’t “woken up” around noon and ensured Cathy drank some water, SHE would also have been in a hospital bed with an IV!
The doctors and nurses are concerned with their patients, not the worried family members.
Much like our managers are concerned with making sure our projects are completed correctly and in a timely manner.
Sometimes that mask is in the form of carrying a bag of emergency snacks, sometimes it’s with keeping a jug of water at your desk to easily hydrate throughout the day.
We need to put on our masks, and keep them on until the situation has fully passed.
If you’re finding challenges with where that mask can be applied in your own health and stress management needs, we are here to help you. Click on “Request info” and provide your information to get started with a stress assessment.
You’ve got this.