This article is adapted from a post originally published on Working Daughter.
Balancing career and kids is challenging, and when you add eldercare to a woman's list of responsibilities, it gets even more challenging. Millions of women are taking care of their aging parents while working. This is what the life of a caregiver is like. This is working daughterhood.
When you ask your sister to help with your parents but she says she needs to do her laundry.
When the doctor tells you to collect a stool sample from your mother.
When caring for your parents makes you revert to your childhood.
How you feel every morning when you wake up.
When you screw up at work because you are so sleep deprived.
If you were going to be perfectly honest.
When your siblings second guess your decisions.
When you actually get through to the health insurance rep on the phone.
How you feel at the end of each day.
When the nurse isn't being attentive to your parent and you have to intervene.
When you think you can function at work but you are too overwhelmed by life.
When non-caregivers tell you caregiving is a blessing.
When the doctor gives you bad news but you need to be strong.
When you successfully advocate for your elderly parents like a BOSS.
How you feel about pretty much everyone.
When your coworker says, "I know your parent is sick and all but you haven't been a team player."
When your husband says the wrong thing.
When you finally get a night out.
When the client tells you, "Sorry your mother died, now can we get your full attention?"
When you take a moment and acknowledge that you are AMAZING!