Becoming a single parent is proving to be very overwhelming

Emmett is home sick again and that throws a wrench into my schedule today. I called the school and apparently, this respiratory thing going around the school, seems to last forever. It certainly feels that way.

Elliott got to school without any problems and Gavin is still healthy as he can be. I imagine the IVIG infusions are helping him to avoid what his brothers are dealing with.

I’m dragging today and I’m not entirely sure why. I haven’t been able to go walking in a little while now and it’s driving me crazy. I’m trying to do things like walk to the stairs in my house and even jogging in place. I don’t get the same emotional boost out of those things though and I’m struggling.

I’m going to reevaluate around lunchtime and see if Emmett is up to returning to school. The middle of the day seems to be the best time for him right now. Mornings and evenings are pretty rough. Not going to school is more related to his symptoms and not because he’s contagious.

The last thing I really want to do right now is cancel therapy this afternoon. I need to go and it’s frustrating when I can’t. Being a single parent is taking a lot of time to get used to and it’s overwhelming to say the least.

Hopefully, Emmett is at the tail end of this and is feeling better soon.

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BJW

I know Lizze is pretty sick. But is there any way she could ever have one of the kids if sick? Like if you need to do things? I don’t know her exact living arrangements but is that something to be explored? Because it seems like you have zero backup. I know you don’t want to burden your parents but maybe they would help a little more if they knew how bad it was? I’m 60, and while I’m not in tip top shape if my sons needed help for an afternoon and had a kid, I’d babysit for that time. I wouldn’t be good for daily, 8 hours of babysitting, but I would surely pitch in if I could.

I kind of worry about you Rob, and if other people could help you just a little bit, a little more often, it could make a difference for you.

BJW

Oh, I didn’t feel ignored. I’m sorry there isn’t a way to get you more help!

Megan

I’ve asked this before and have never gotten a response. Why dont you have respite providers? I understand your kids are on the spectrum and have complex medical needs, but that doesnt mean you can’t have respite, especially as they are getting older. I know you know the importance of self-care, but having someone who could come hang out with Gavin (and whomever else is home) even a couple times a week so you can walk would do wonders for your well being AND you deserve the break!

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