February is in full swing and it seems as if Christmas was just last week. My kids are in their second semester of the school year and are keeping themselves busy with extracurricular activities like cheerleading, basketball, and Girl Scouts (it’s cookie time!).
The majority of my time recently has been spent either working or helping manage my parents’ care. I had to have my Mom placed into a nursing facility last year, and my Dad has just relocated to be closer to me as he has found himself in a caregiving situation with his wife, who, although is still young, is having difficulties walking and caring for herself which are related to a brain tumor that was removed 16 years ago, and subsequent seizures that occurred over the last year.
Caregiving is such an exhausting job; often thankless and endless. I began my career as a certified nurse’s assistant back in 2003 when I was pregnant with my eldest daughter. I continued to work as a CNA until 2009 when I went back to school to become a licensed practical nurse. In other words, I am very familiar with the strain that it can cause on an individual.