Never did I imaging I would be thinking of *extra* ways to keep a float to maintain a lifestyle for my daughter so she doesn’t see what it is I feel on a daily basis. Anxiety. I work with the elderly full time as a caregiver, a part time job (No. Days. Off) and a full time single mother to a child with major ODD/ADHD. Happily, I do this everyday advocating for mental health & our elderly generation. But it’s just not enough to sustain or even grow in my personal life. It amazes me the most rewarding in demand careers can be so under paid, yet my heart will not allow me to leave the sides of our seniors in this assisted living and memory care community.
Being an adult going through life battles just like everyone else or even a single parent to a child that’s not the “cookie cutter child” isn’t my issue. What gets me is after spending the last 8 years researching and taking time out to make sure my vibrant daughter didn’t get losses behind this “label” of having ODD/ADHD & behavioral issues due to abuse in the hands of a trusted paid care provider I find my self drowning in miscellaneous debt from the expensive cost of counselors, specialists and medicine. If that wasn’t enough I have seniors I have grown so attached to NEEDING things to have the decent quality of life we all deserve from hygiene products to supplies to keep them stimulated and having that feeling of purpose, I just from my heart give and give – or charge and charge I should say.
Now, as I am about to hit the amazing age of 30 I reflect and I’m not happy. My daughter deserves her own room and our own living space for just us and for me to further my education for the betterment of our future. With high hopes I set out to place deposits down on apartments just for denials or request of higher deposits I just don’t have. The courses for Alzheimer’s & Dementia training would help me advance so far into this industry, but if I can’t even get an apartment how can I afford classes.
We all deserve the best in life, and I feel karma comes back to us all it’s just up to us if it’s bad or good. If cashing in Karma points was a thing I would be spending those, but right now I could really use support and assistance from the community of individuals out there on platforms like this. Funds are going towards extra deposits for a place to call home and educational courses to help me advance my career in the senior industry. I never realized just how hard living pay check to pay check would make it to take a jump forward into the next chapter I know is out there.
Thank you for even taking time out to read this.