Irish Health Minister Simon Harris TD reportedly said that family carers are the backbone of carers at a conference for people with acquired brain injury in Dublin today.
But you know what?
And I’ll tell you why.
Because the backbone is hidden away out of sight and out of mind.
No-one thinks about their backbone.
No-one pays it much attention.
Most people take it for granted.
They do little to support it.
They do things that will weaken it.
They do things that may damage it.
But they expect their backbone to soldier on regardless.
They only notice it when it hurts or breaks.
Then there’s a crisis, cries for help, and they wish they’d looked after their backbone all along.
And it seems that every generation is destined to make the same mistake, with their backbone and with family carers who provide such a vital service to society even though most people forget about them as they go about their daily lives.
Perhaps the Minister for Health will now show that he understands the importance of looking after society’s backbone. Let’s hope so.
I also want to dedicate this post to the memory of Lisa Williams who was a friend of many of my friends and whose death was reported this week. Rest in peace Lisa.