Well, humanly…the answer is no one. We all know that everyone counts on Mom to care for everyone around her, but there is no one to take care of Mama. Okay, in all fairness, I can count on one hand the times I have been sick to the point I have had to go to my bed. In those instances, I get pampered for about twenty-four hours and that is it! Sympathy over! The questions start coming like, “When are you gonna start feeling better, honey?” “What do you want to do for dinner, Mom?” I know that after that one day of being snuggled in my bed, I better get up and back to the normal routine whether I feel like it or not. I firmly believe that only mothers have been given the gene to care for those around her. My husband…not so much.
Today I am very proud of myself. Today I am caring for me. I’m taking myself to my annual appointment that all of us women are supposed to be going to. For so many years, I skipped these. I knew they were important to go to, but when an EDS Mama is taking her child to multiple appointments a week, it is easy to cross these seemingly extra ones off the calendar. See, a mother puts her children first. We go on the back burner and trust that God will take care of us. And He does. I know He took care of me for many years in spite of me not taking care of myself.
I know these are important annual appointments and I also know that when I take care of myself, in essence, I am also caring for my family. You want to take care of your family, EDS Mama, but are you caring for you? Your loved ones likely want you around for a LONG time!