Hi, my name is Mikia. I have been a caregiver for six years. I currently reside in Sacramento, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because in fourth-grade my mother had two brain aneurysms and had a 5% chance to live. I had saved her life by calling 911 and being there for her as much as possible as I could, especially at the young age that I was. After that, my father was dealing with a lot as far as the current place that he was living and turned around and had a brain aneurysm as well. For the love of my family, I want to take care of them the best that I could.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be patience. That might be one of the main keys being in this field, patience. The reason why I say that is because not everything and everyone is going to go at your speed and your time in this field. A lot of them have dementia. A lot of them have disability and a lot of them go at their own pace and their own time. They won't rush for you. They won't rush for anybody. Their life and you're on their time. It's a great ordeal.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Jorge. He was a child with mental disabilities that I was working with. I love that kid. That kid was so sweet, it's unbelievable. Okay, let me tell you the story. So I worked with this kiddo. And I was pregnant. Now, this kid had a high behavior and had a past of being aggressive. Now, with me being pregnant, that was not a perfect match. He was kicking me, hitting me, calling me all types of names, cursing at me. I mean, it was just the works. I mean, sometimes, I felt like really going home and quitting. Like I'd go home and I was like crying. I was like, "Oh, my gosh. I can't do this." Time after time, I realized that I had to put my time into this little kid and I had to be able to gain his trust. There's a reason behind his behavior.