When Was Your Last Day Off?

In the summer, we all think of vacation, a break, a day off. I wonder, though: How often can you take a day off? Please vote in our poll, below, and share any additional thoughts in our comments section.


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4 thoughts on “When Was Your Last Day Off?

  1. Kay Balsley

    does shopping at Good will count for 20 min I would like when it cools off to go fishing or see my friend who lives 1 hr away and go for a walk with her like we didn”t do last fall

  2. Jane

    This was very hard to answer. I don’t feel I really ever have a break. I did put within the last six months as I thought of our trip to Hawaii. Even though it was centered around Nicole’s illness I still felt like I got away from it all.

    Jane ~ mom to Nicole, 16 yo, VSD, PAH, Eisenmengers, EDS
    Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

  3. Chet Bailey

    Wow, what a good question. A day off along with a good nights sleep have long gone the way of the Easter Bunny. Something I vaguely remember believing in. :-) Seriously, it has been at least 8 years since I have truly had a day off (and that was a business trip). I take breaks at least once a week. But these breaks are more a change in routine, than truly a break from caregiving.


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