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
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
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