Balancing Work And My Mom

from Kit Singleton 

Hi Everyone,

I seem to have gotten to that stage in my life where I have to do more and more things with/for my mother, who is in her 70’s. Today, she had cataract surgery on one of her eyes. The surgery went well. She will not be able to bend over, lift things, etc., for the next week or so.

I guess I’m just having a little trouble adjusting to the fact that I have to take on some of the responsibility for my mom.  Moms are the backbone of the family and even when you know it’s coming, it can be a bit of a transition when you have to take over some things for your own mom.

So often I hear about how WAHM have to juggle work and kids but I don’t hear much about juggling work and parents. Anyone have any experience or suggestions about dealing with this?

Kit

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4 Responses to “Balancing Work And My Mom”
  1. mila says:

    Kit, I can’t relate since I haven’t been in that situation but I have heard that this is a very tough stage in life.

    I have a friend whose mother took care of her bed-ridden grandmother for nearly 10 years. At the end of it all, she was exhausted and said it was very difficult. I guess that’s a pretty big commitment. She said it felt the right thing to do but extremely difficult.

    Do you have anyone else in the family that can help at all and at least take a little pressure off you?

  2. Kit Singleton says:

    Not really. There’s just me.

    K

  3. Thankfully, no. I don’t have experience with this yet. I do have a 3 year old and 1 year old and can say “what is balance” LOL. I do my best…that’s all that can be done.

  4. Mara B. says:

    Kit, I’m glad your mom’s surgery went well, but understand the issues you will be facing. Although I haven’t personally had to take care of a parent (they’re over 5 hours away), I have watched my mother-in-law care first for her mom and then her dad. It’s not easy, and can be draining. However, if you search for them, there are places that will help.

    Perhaps you can contact http://www.georgiaeldercarenetwork.com/seniors_findamember.php to see what type of help they can give. You can also check out http://aging.dhr.georgia.gov/portal/site/DHR-DAS/

    Make sure you take at least SOME time for yourself. Hire someone to come sit with your mom for a few hours, then go do something just for you.

    Hope that helps some.