My mother had a stroke last week. We are managing and as long as she remains stable, she will be discharged this afternoon. She will be moved straight to a skilled nursing facility for physical therapy so that she can regain her strength before she returns home.
A little back story – she moved in with my husband and me in 2006 after her husband passed away. She was physically able to take care of herself back then. However, over the years, she lost her eyesight, hearing in one ear and has balance problems.
I’ve done very little work this past week because it’s hard to concentrate. Some parts of my business haven’t missed a beat due to the stroke and some have. Here’s the rundown starting with the good stuff:
- Sales are still being made.
- Shoes that were ordered prior to the stroke are being processed by Pacific Prep Services.
- A set of T-shirt designs is being created by my designer from Freeeup.
- There weren’t any business tasks that needed my immediate attention or that I needed to worry about.
The best part was that I didn’t have to worry about being fired from a job. I still work one-day-a-week at my old job and last week I was scheduled to work extra days to cover for my husband since he was out of town. But my awesome co-worker Sarah stepped up and covered for both of us.
Now for the Not So Good…
- New shoes aren’t being ordered.
- Wholesale and retail arbitrage items that are at my house are not being shipped.
- New niches for t-shirt designs haven’t been researched.
- Items for my new bundle have not been found.
- New project has not been touched.
Some people may be thinking that I should outsource more of my “not so good” items. It’s something that I will work on. With that said, managing a big team of people isn’t what I want to do.
A Few Tips for You
I hope that you won’t have to go through a family medical emergency, but it’s likely that you will at some point. Based on my recent experience, here are a few tips:
- Be able to charge your cell phone at any time so that you can call/text people in an emergency.
- Don’t wait until the last day to finish something with an important deadline. You may not have time on that “last day” to finish up.
- Know your priority tasks and deadlines. In other words, if you have a short 20 minutes to get something done, know what needs to be done right away and what can wait.
- Outsource some tasks so that your business doesn’t completely stop if you aren’t able to run it.
- Keep an emergency fund so that you can pay off any subscription fees, credit card payments and taxes that are due. You may have a smaller than normal disbursement later on if you miss a week or more of shipments.
The biggest tip though is to take care of yourself! You are no good if you’re food and sleep deprived. Yes, I’m happy that I dropped 4 pounds. But I didn’t like being “spacey” the first few days due to a lack of sleep.
Do You Have any Tips?
Did you have to unexpectedly put your business on hold? If so, I hope everything turned out okay.
If you can, please share what helped you get through it in the comments below.
What If Something Happens to You?
Don’t forget that things can happen to you too. Here’s a blog post that I wrote: Do This Before You Die.
I’m going to wrap this post up and head to the hospital. Take care!