After looking after her for 5 years, I recently made the decision that I could not go on any longer and now mum is in a very nice care home, she seems unaware she is anywhere strange, thinks it is a hotel. So no worries there at the moment! But I went down with the flu the day after she went in, and 3 weeks later my energy is not back yet. I sleep well and have an afternoon nap (luxury not possible before!) but I am not myself yet. I am 60 years old and otherwise in good health. I have also lost about a stone since i started being a home carer, and the weight is not going back on yet. I wonder if other carers have experienced this, some people have said to me it will be 6 months or a year til I feel right again.