February 8, 2008 by Marj Hatzell
As my friend Dr. Betsy says, I have a tendency to handle stress very, very (very) well in the moment and then I tend to crash and burn once everything is done and settled. Let’s see how this week has been going:
- Bug Boy’s four-day fever and ear ache
- Bugaboo’s reflux/virus, lethargy and ER visit
- Walking Bugaboo in the wagon in the ER for nearly nine hours, resulting in back and neck pain, leg cramps and the return of my sacral disc issue
- DH’s father’s heart attack (he is not well)
- Dealing with DH’s family pressuring him to go to the hospital
- DH’s sister coming to stay with us tomorrow before they move thousands of miles away
- Bug Boy’s stress and anxiety related to their move
- Bugaboo’s wraparound trying to take away some of his services (as if this momma bear is gonna allow that! AS IF!)
- Bugaboo’s schedule in upheaval over his intensive therapy
- Bugaboo being a basket case since he didn’t get his meds for two days due to his illness
- Bugaboo growing out of his five-point harness and me finally accepting the fact that we have to pay nearly $300 to purchase the safest seat we could find that also went up to eight years or one hundred pounds. We are hoping he will qualify for a seat at eight years from medical assistance. They do make them they are just prohibitively expensive.
- Not having two seconds to rub together to throw laundry in, do dishes or even sit down to relax
- Coming down with a fever, aches, chills, ear ache and sore throat last night, the first night I had in two weeks to sit and relax and do nothing.
Yeah, I’d say I’ve more than paid my dues this week. Wanna know the best part of this week? Do you?
- Having a husband who brought me dinner(comfort food! w00t!) at the ER and who came to relieve me.
- Coming home to a clean house because my brother and his wife (who both have OCD, I swear) picked up EVERY room, wiped down EVERY surface, made the beds, switched dishes from clean to dirty and vac’d. Yeah, they are awesome, even when they drive me nuts.
- Having TSS services on the weekend to help me deal with Bugaboo and I can actually get something done or sit for a few minutes when our very awesome TSS takes Bugaboo outside or for a walk
- Having two beautiful and happy children who love me even on a bad hair day
- Having tons of family support, friends, neighbors and parents going through the very same thing. Most people don’t have this.
- Having a husband who knows I am feeling crummy and runs out at ten o’clock to get change for the tooth fairy (second tooth out! FINALLY!) and brings home a piece of chocolate cheesecake because he know I cannot chew or swallow since I feel so crummy. The man is a genius.
- Bugaboo’s continued improvement. His receptive language has gone through the roof, he is responding to sounds he has never noticed before AND he is able to self-regulate and self-calm himself for the first time in his life! Can I get an AMEN?
I may have crashed yesterday but since I am the luckiest gal on the planet, I’ve got plenty of people to lift me back up again. I can feel everyone’s love and prayers just putting me back on my feet. Life is good, my friends. Life is good.
Oh, and I watched Hairspray this week. All I can say is, John Travolta in a fat suit acting like a woman. OMG. WTF. BBQ.
Yes. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. I hope I never see that again. *shiver*