We lead busy lives. We show up for our kids at their recitals and sports events. We volunteer and we work. Sometimes one activity gets in the way of another, but we’re smart. We figure out how to squeeze in as much as we can without collapsing.
When emotions are involved it gets harder. We have to be focused to remain calm and to have our brain working at full speed and clarity. We have to be super-organized and stick to the schedule we’ve set up so we don’t break down.
I’m a writer and I have deadlines. I have marketing schedules and social media posts, responses, and takeover parties. I also have a husband who suffered a debilitating stroke without warning signs.
This post focuses on dealing with a medical emergency, whether it’s a parent, a child, a spouse or a beloved pet. In addition to work, the emotional drain can be heavy. You want to be there, you want to help, but you can’t always. Here’s how I coped with an event that changed my life.
Many of us have experienced family emergencies. Others will face them in the future. Whether it is a child with appendicitis, a spouse with a broken arm, or a pet who needs immediate medical attention, we need to believe that we can get through whatever life throws at us. We can’t predict the future. But most of us discover we are stronger than we think.
And if you’re a writer like I am, you will meet those deadlines and get that next book out.