Alzheimer's In Passing

Rena McDaniel-The Diary of an Alzheimer's CaregiverIS ALZHEIMER'S HEREDITARY? WOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW IF YOU HAD IT? JUST QUESTIONS TODAY AND NO ANSWERS!Pt. 10 The conclusion of the caregiver series "How We Got Here" will return next Monday, September 1, 2014...more

Taking care of Mom and Dad

My son likes to remind me that he is my only child. He'll snuggle in my arms and say, "you are just my mommy - no one else has you for a mommy but me." It's possessive and sweet and it comes with a lot of responsibility that he doesn't understand yet....more

Kid-Co Fun

Our weekend started on Friday this week, while the hubby had to work (boo) I decided to ditch the housework and have some fun quality time with my little love bug.  She had been asking for several weeks to go to this local play place called Kid-Co. We went there a few months ago and she fell in love with the place.  Unfortunately, with all of the baby prepping and all the other summer activities we had going on we never went for another visit....more

I FOUND MY ALZHEIMER'S VOICE

Rena McDaniel-The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver Part 9 Caregiver Series How We Got Here...more

Zayne dropping by

IT'S been over a month that I've last posted something about my five-year-old ward/friend Zayne Mojica and for followers of my Nanny Stories blog, I duly apologize because of the many personal events that I've had to deal with....more

A bit on family reunions

Here is the thing about family, Tiny Human:There may appear to be too many people.There may be too much putzing and stalling while assembling for group activities.There may appear to be too much noise and too many conflicts.There may be too many attempts at winning your affection or attention....more

Selfish Mama : Am I Talking To You?

Not too long ago, I was having a conversation with a friend. She was telling me about something that she'd read. It was a post about motherhood. The author was talking about the need to be a selfish mother. At first, I balked. My thoughts went straight here:...more

There, alright? I did it. I left the house.

This morning I ate about a half a watermelon for breakfast. They’re packed with Vitamin C and lots of water. I hear Vitamin C is good for hangovers and that's good because I’m nursing one. Not really the drinker, I haven’t had a hangover in a near a decade. Watermelon is a fair consolation prize; Mommy’s now in her 30s and she is in no way shleppin’ the kids to the closest gas station to pick up a Gatorade....more

Is FMLA Enough? Or Do Fathers Need Paid Leave?

We know that FMLA provides unpaid leave to parents within the first year of the child’s birth. But what about the families in which the father’s income is essential to the household’s economic stability? ...more
I work at a Fortune 500 company as an ADA/FMLA Consultant. Our company has offered two workweeks ...more

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (I'm Working On Feeling Fine)

In the R.E.M. song, ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)’, Michael Stipe sang, “offer me solutions and offer me alternatives and I decline”. As a caregiver, I feel like that sometimes there is a lack of useful caregiver resources out there. It only leads me to frustration, feeling even more caregiver isolation....more