At some point in most of our lives, a loved one is going to need care. Yet being a caregiver is not something one typically thinks about or one that can be easily prepared for.  It begins with a diagnosis- often a surprise – then leads into the initial shock, acknowledgement then acceptance of an unexpected disease someone you love now has. For my family, it was Parkinson’s Disease.   

Some years ago, I clearly remember being at work and receiving a phone call from my husband who had just been to a neurology appointment.  “I have Parkinson’s Disease” he said into the telephone and “the Doctor says it’s a progressive and debilitating disease. I remember verbalizing back the platitudes – “I’m here with you.”  “We’ll beat this.” “We won’t let it get us down.”    I should have gone with him, I thought.  But who expected this?  When I got off the phone, those two words kept coming back to me – progressive and debilitating.  Boy, that didn’t sound good.  The word “caregiver” di...

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hi, my name is Kara and I am the owner of Olimene Counseling Services, Inc.  I run a counseling practice, raise children, try to have a healthy marriage and keep in touch with friends and family.  I hate quotes like, “I wish there was more than 24 hours in a day,”   “If I only had more time, I could get things done,” and “If I were better organized then I could get my to-do list done.”

How about these phrases?  “Maybe if I get up earlier, I can get stuff done before the kids get up?”  How about when significant others say, “You say you have no time, but I see you watching TV at night?”  Or my favorite, “Why does _______  (insert that annoying lady you see at the grocery store) seem like she has it all together and I am always running around like a chicken with my head cut off?”

All of us busy women out there are in search of finding the perfect organizational skill or the most proficient way to manage our schedule.  Is there really one out there???  Is there...

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