The Art of Caregiving
- TV personalist Sharon Osbourne has been caring for her rockstar husband Ozzy Osbourne through recent health battles.
- He is currently living with Parkinson’s disease and he recently had an intense bout with COVID-19.
- Sharon, a colon cancer survivor herself, said, “I think, ‘No more, please God. He has passed all the tests, he has survived — please leave him alone.’”
- Caregiving is a very tough role to fill, and one of our experts says it’s important for caregivers to take care of themselves.
- Experts recommend getting sleep, eating well, exercising and finding time for something that brings joy every day.
Ozzy, the 74-year-old former frontman for the band Black Sabbath, announced he had to cancel concerts and take a step back from touring earlier this year due to health issues. He’s been battling Parkinson’s disease since 2019. More recently, he’d been struggling with COVID-19 and Sharon, 70, had to take time away from “TalkTV” to care for him.Read More
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“Caregiving is the most important job in the universe, because you are there through the highs and lows,” Bulger said. “There’s so much evidence that outcomes are better when somebody has an incredible caregiver by their side.”
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Sharon, a tough colon cancer survivor herself, went on to explain how difficult life has been for Ozzy as of late. Desperate to see him catch a break from his various ailments, Sharon has resorted to prayers.
“Ozzy has been plagued medically by different things that have been wrong,” she explained. “It is like one thing leads to another then another. For some reason he is tested all the time.
“I think, ‘No more, please God. He has passed all the tests, he has survived — please leave him alone.’”
Ozzy’s goal is to get back to performing as soon as possible. And like a good caregiver should, Sharon knows and supports him in his goals.
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“The biggest love affair of Ozzy’s life is his audience and performing,” she explained. “He misses the live audience, he misses his fans terribly. He feels he’s let them down.
“Performing is what he is born to do. Ozzy says to me that he can’t do anything as good as performing. I get heart-broken when I hear him say that and knowing he cannot go out and do what he is meant to do. But he will get there.”
Supporting her husband is a role she’s more than willing to fill, but that doesn’t mean the caregiving has always been easy.
“This is the longest time Ozzy has ever been at home,” Sharon said. “He is driving me crazy, every f***ing day.
“Ozzy said to me during Covid, ‘Do you think we are spending too much time together?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, but where the f*** do I go? I can’t go to a hotel, what do you want me to do? Where do you want me to go?’ And he said, ‘I didn’t think of that.’”
Caregiving Isn’t Easy; Recognize That You May Need Help
According to Amy Brown, the nurse manager of Gynecologic/Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, it’s important for caregivers to recognize they might need help during the “labor of love” that is caregiving.
“Caregiving is a huge job,” Brown said. “It’s going to impact your health and your physical well-being. It will impact your finances, your social life, your emotions, your mental energy. It’s going to impact your free time.
“And you are going to need help.”
While caregivers work so hard for their loved ones, it’s important they remember to take care of themselves, too. Brown recommends caregivers are intentional about making time for themselves.
“Get sleep, eat well, exercise,” she said. “Find something that brings you joy every day, whether it is going for a walk, praying, meditating, watching a movie, listening to an audio book, getting together with friends and playing cards.
“Whatever it is, find something that brings you joy.”
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