I recall reading a long time ago an article about the "sandwich generation". I remember vaguely thinking it might be me some day. Well, now it is. My Dad has been battling cancer, and is losing. They have given him three months. I have three kids, 3rd grade, PreK and 15 months. DH travels M-TH for work. I work 45 -50 hours a week.
Any advice? I need to be at the hospital/doctor/hospice visits when I can to make sure things are moving along. My mom is overwhelmed and becomes meek. My boss rocks. She said to do what I need to do, but of course, this comes on the heels of a 60 hour week that involved travel and this week needed to be the same - 60 hours. I will be lucky to put up 40. End of year school projects are kicking my posterior too; DC's request for a "small pic of little one for a special project" was met with "No, I cannot do that, sorry."
How on earth do you juggle a dying parent, three kids and a career, on your own 4 days a week? Do bosses really "get it" and provide leniency?