I entered Carmen in a Caregiver Cruise Giveaway and this is what I said...
My dear friend Carmen has to be one of the most caring people I know. Her mother, who is 75 years old, lost her eyesight approximately 4 years ago and Carmen went to Illinois and moved her mother to Houston. She has been her mother's caregiver day and night since that time. Her mother also has diabetes and Carmen has to keep a vigilant eye on her mother's medications and diet. Rarely does Carmen have time for herself.
During the last year not only did she have to add to her load of caring for her mother she also had to nurse her husband back to health after he had an emergency quadruple bypass. This was during the middle of her treks back and forth from Houston to Illinois as she was caring for her brother who suddenly fell ill. Carmen and her mother had to make the trip several times during the last year staying for weeks at a time. Carmen saw her brother through finding his diagnosis; follow up appointments, going to treatments, having his leg amputated, seeing he got on disability and then his follow-up after surgery. She was away from her husband and children for months, missing them dearly, while caring for brother and keeping her mother at her side. Her brother is now doing better and she doesn't have to make the long journey north but she continue to remain her mother's caregiver 24/7 365. I feel if anyone deserves a little time away to enjoy themselves it is my most awesome friend Carmen who does so much for others and does so without complaint.
I can't tell you how much I would appreciate you guys showing her a little love and giving her your vote. You can vote once a day.
VOTE BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW AND FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS...
VOTE FOR CARMEN IN THE CAREGIVER CRUISE GIVEAWAY
I voted for Carmen and will include her in my prayers.ReplyDelete
I voted for Carmen and will include her in my prayers. Thank God for angels on earth!ReplyDelete
I voted today.ReplyDelete
What a great thing to do Okie! Being a full time caregiver to one family member is tough enough at times...but three!! She defintely deserves a break!! I've voted and I'll say a couple prayers that she wins...but she already is a winner having a friend like you. Sometimes when we are busy taking care of our loved ones we don't get or feel we can't take some time for ourselves and we need to!! There are days when even a phone call from a friend asking how we are makes the world of difference in our day! Thanks for having her back!!ReplyDelete
Voted for Carmen!! Sounds like she could really use a vacation.ReplyDelete
I voted and FYI Okie, we all love you!ReplyDelete
I don't know Carmen other than what you write on here, but after reading about what she has done for her family I went straight over and voted. I'll keep my fingers crossed because if anyone deserves it it's got to be Carmen. Jude.xReplyDelete
voted ... Carmen definitely deserves a little time for herself.ReplyDelete
Done. What a strong woman. Very deserved!ReplyDelete
Voted for Carmen! She deserves the cruise and then some...ReplyDelete
Kim S. from N. California
I just voted for her.ReplyDelete
I just voted for Carmen. This would be a well-deserved vacation for this amazing woman. And it would be nice for you to win the Kindle for writing this too, Okie!ReplyDelete
Sounds like she deserves to win . Voted!ReplyDelete
I voted, Okie.ReplyDelete
You had me at hello...ReplyDelete
I also shared the link on my Facebook Page.
Since I can't even remember what day it is, would you remind us often to vote? :-)
Of course I voted! What a great story your wrote, what a great friend you are! Good luck to Carmen!ReplyDelete
I just voted as well!ReplyDelete
I voted too.ReplyDelete
wow, I don't think I could handle all that --- that lady deserves a vacation and so I voted for herReplyDelete
I have been voting most everyday especially when I find your post....I truly hopes she wins.ReplyDelete