Darlene Rogers

Hello Middleville my name is Darlene and I am excited to join this wonderful, informative group of caring individuals. I arrived in this area in 2004 and intend to remain as close to the coast as possible. My husband and I have been married for eight years and have a busy blended family of seven. Yes Seven! We have two daughters, three sons, a Poodle and a Rottweiler yet somehow we blend well. I guess that makes Nine! Each child participates in at least two extra- curricular activities,(athletics , social organizations or academic) which means we can tell you the best place to sit on any bleacher as well as which school has the best popcorn on the east coast. Our children range from 19 – 13 years old with completely different personalities. The oldest son is serving our country in the Army and our oldest daughter is in college. The youngest three are currently making career plans from high and middle school. Human service is my field of choice and miraculously completed a masters degree with my busy family schedule last year. I’m currently working in a Human service position with some of the best Marines and their families in the country. It is my pleasure to aide those that due to unforeseen circumstances, need a bit of assistance. My passions are spending time with my family, reading, writing, photography, sketching and cooking. I am looking forward to this new journey here in Middleville, so buckle up as we tour life as we know it.

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Plans Cancelled

With summer in full swing and a full schedule of fun in the sun planned for my crew, we had a pretty big reality check hit us.   My teen, Chan, and one of her friends had plans for a weekend at the beach (with the rest of the family).   This past Saturday morning we all woke early to prepare for the day.  Out of excitement, Chan had already been packed for a few a days.

While getting ready, our youngest child began to have seizures. With no prior history, we were surprised. Within moments of the first seizure, Chan’s little sister, age 14 months, had a second seizure.  They were both short in duration.   While my teen daughter has many wonderful qualities, the one that showed through this day was responsibility.

With very little time, Chan’s mother and I explained that we had to take the baby to the hospital immediately.   She was left in charge of the house and her middle sibling.   I remember leaving the house moments after the second seizure and seeing Chan, half dressed for the beach, half still in night clothes, walking with her middle sibling back to her room to play and keep her occupied.   I know she was nervous about the baby, but she pulled herself together and took on a very grownup role.   While we sped to the hospital with many worries and fears, I specifically thought how comforting it was to have Chan at home with our other child.   She is truly becoming an adult member of our family.

How do your teen children react to stressful situations?

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  • Uplifting Text Message | middleville July 13th, 2012 3:30 pm

    [...] In my last posting, I spoke about the comfort Chan gave me by taking care of one of her younger siblings during a medical crisis.   While preparing to leave for a beach weekend, our 14 month old began having seizures.   When Chan was younger, had this happened, we would have loaded the whole family up in the car or had to wait for a neighbor to watch the other kids.   Fortunately with a responsible teen in the house to take care of her other sibling, her mother and I were able to immediately leave for the emergency room of Onslow Memorial Hospital.     Arriving at the emergency room less than 10 minutes from the end of the second seizure at home, the ladies working the ER desk moved us very quickly through just a few quick questions in the lobby and some paperwork to a room back in the ER.   No sooner than we were settled in ER, the baby had a third seizure.   Fortunately, the ER doctor was able to come in and observe it and one more before starting the baby on Zofran (for nausea), an IV of Ativan (to slow the activity in her brain) and nourishment. [...]

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