I've written and spoken about caregivers caring for themselves until it's nearly become a mantra. However, I still notice that most caregivers are like me. My own needs always came last. I still do that, but I'm more aware of my own needs. Hey, that's progresss!
This article, from Harvard Health Publications, doesn't have the feel of "been there" that caregivers writing for caregivers have, but it's got some good tips. Check it out and see if you learn something new.
"When you're a caregiver, the scales can tip wildly when you least expect it. That's hard, particularly if you're already feeling stretched. A minor medical emergency makes it impossible for you to get to work all morning, or to focus when you do."