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Ask the Doc: Confused about my priorities

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Q: I have to choose between sending my children back to school or a medical appointment for my husband. What do I do?

A: Speak with your husband's doctor and the school to determine if a payment plan can be effected. Look at the options for your husband's medical issues and see if there is any help available. Speak with the guidance counsellor at the school and see if any support is possible.


Q: I see my students who I taught in high school and college living better lives, financially, than I am. How is that fair? I feel so frustrated at times.

A: Do not envy others. Remember that what you see is only the surface of a person's life. Sit down and plan how you may become successful. You have talents and abilities that you have been blessed with. Use them to help others and glorify God and you will be blessed.


Q: My friend's sister is dying of cancer and she does not even contribute to the medical bill. Is it OK for me to approach the sister about it?

A: Your friend needs to approach her sister to ask for help. If there is an issue between them, they need to resolve it.

- Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!