Caregiver, Wife, Mother

While it is true that most of us wear an assortment of hats throughout our lives, what happens when we take on the responsibility of wearing more hats than we can manage to balance on our heads? This may be your scenario if you, like many baby boomers, have an elderly parent who needs end-of-life care, plus a husband and maybe even children at home. Since cloning yourself is not an option, how do you pick and choose how to divide your time among all these people who need you? Your maternal instinct is telling you to care for everyone, but is that realistic?...more

Waiting to Exhale: One Mom Finds Her Breath Again

I held my breath in that moment when you were born. I held my breath as I gently but firmly ordered you to breathe, to stay here with us as I flicked the soles of your feet and the Midwife administered oxygen. I held my breath that morning five days later as the words carefully tumbled out of the Neurologist's mouth... "As I suspected, your daughter has suffered a serious brain injury."...more
That was very moving and powerful. You are an amazing woman. Breathe. :)more

No One Taught Me To Be A Caregiver, but I Learned

I am the only child of two highly successful and independent parents. When my father started to get a bit forgetful, I just attributed it to his absent minded professor mystique. He had a very prominent career as a president of the international division of a heavy truck and equipment manufacturer. He traveled frequently to over 130 countries and regularly met with heads of state. After he retired from this position he began his second career as a graduate school professor in international trade and finance. His IQ was off the charts and I could always count on his rational mind to see through any perceived intellectual difficulty. One day that all started to change....more
Great article!  Most people cannot begin to comprehend the time and effort required to be a ...more

I continue to forge a new path, but it's a lonely process . . .

 I continue to forge a new path, but it's a lonely process . ....more

The Landslide Brought Me Down . . .

The Landslide Brought Me Down . ....more

Sitting with mom even while she sleeps . . .

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Sitting with mom even while she sleeps . ....more

Last year my mother got three successive hospitalizations. It was a transition for my father and ...more

Having Mom Live With Us Has Taken a Toll On My Marriage . . .

Friday, March 11, 2011 Having Mom Live With Us Has Taken a Toll On My Marriage . ....more

What an amazing daughter you are. I went home to take care of my mom for a week after some ...more

Death is Not Something I Want toTalk About With My Mom . . .

Death is Not Something I Want toTalk About With My Mom . ....more

Out of the House With Mom . . .

Out of the House With Mom . ....more

I too was a caregiver for my mother. It is very difficult, and I know my situation was much ...more

The Question is . . .

The Question Is . ....more