There are 2 very different groups when it comes to mothers – those that work and those that don’t. But what about the moms who work but also stay home? How do they do it? We interviewed 2 successful moms with in-home businesses and were surprised to learn that they make it work with shockingly different outlooks on family time, raising their children and work/life balance.
Mom 1 worked outside the home for many years while her kids were young and used a daycare provider Büroreinigung Hardegsen. Now, she runs her online mother-daughter boutique from home and continues to distinctly separate her home and work responsibilities.
Mom 2 is an entrepreneur who founded a successful online maternity store before moving on to help other women who want to own an at-home business through her consulting business. Mom 2 manages to combine her family life and her business while keeping her kids at home with her. How does she do it? Find out when we interview her below.
Read how these moms, both successful business at-home business owners, make their work and family life balance:
After this episode and finally returning home and getting settled, I did my research to seek programs available for people with Alzheimer’s. I had the good fortune to speak with a Program Director at our local Adult Senior Daycare Center. The woman I spoke to provided me with names and telephone numbers of medical resources to contact to have my Mom evaluated. Prior to this time, no one really medically evaluated her. My Mom went to the doctor’s every several months and family members talked about her condition, but there was no real testing. The appointment time would probably last 15 minutes tops every 6 months to a year. No one ever explained anything to us or what direction we should go. There was no Alzheimer’s map. Now, the next set of events was the most valuable and sped up the finding of a successful treatment plan in a matter of a few months.
1. My Mom went to a Neurologist who ordered that a MRI, blood work, and a genetic test be performed called the Apolipoprotein E Genotype. There is a genetic marker that seems to be prevalent in most people with Alzheimer’s, it could be all patients but I don’t remember exactly. If you are tested for this marker, and have it, it doesn’t mean that you will have Alzheimer’s if I understood the Doctor’s explanation correctly, so double check if you have it done. If you have a parent with Alzheimer’s, you have a 50/50 chance of having Alzheimer’s too.
2. The Neurologist also had an Internal Medicine doctor perform an extensive memory test. This test was more intensive and longer than what is called the Folstein Mini Mental Test. The Folstein Test is a good test to try at home and as a doctor’s follow-up evaluation. I found this link below that had a good example of the Folstein test.
3. Once all the tests results were evaluated, my Mom was placed on several prescription medications to begin the trial and error process to determine which medication(s) would work best. Medications work differently with each person. It was also explained to me that my Mom could have Lewy Body, and not Alzheimer’s. The words Lewy Body were completely foreign to me. What the heck was Lewy Body? Lewy Body has the hallucinations and sleep disorders along with other symptoms and falls into the Parkinson family. A definitive diagnosis cannot be made, unless a brain autopsy is performed upon death.
4. My Mom was initially prescribed Namenda, Exelon, COQ10 (400 mg) and a low dosage of Seroquel. The Doctor had said it would take awhile for the medications to get into her system and take affect before the result could be determined. For the next few weeks, I thought I had Dr. Jeckal and Mr. Hyde living with me. My Mom didn’t sleep, she thought my Dad was still living and she would scream “Where is he?” She thought my 50 year old brother was 6 with the Mumps and would scream “Where did he go, he is very sick with a high fever?” Ever few minutes I became a different person to her. She would ask “Where did the other person go that was just here?” You could never convince her that you were the same person. Or that her kids were all grown up. She lives in the past when she was a young girl and her Mom was still alive. My Grandmother has been dead for over 50 years. My Mom would go to my son’s room and ask him where his parents were and how could they leave him here. She told him not to eat the food it was poisoned. My Mom rarely slept, which meant I didn’t sleep. My house has lots of stairs so I was nervous my Mom would get out of bed and go roaming and maybe fall. I slept right next to her or tried. My Mom would put clothes over her pajamas when she got dressed. I became so frazzled you would have thought I was the patient. I finally called the Doctor after a couple weeks and conveyed everything to him. He said some things were symptoms of Alzheimer’s and some were side effects of the medications. Now how was I suppose to know what was what. I asked if my Mom could be checked into a facility where they could monitor the various introductions of medications and behaviors to come up with which ones would work. When he said yes, that was all I needed to hear.