So many crisis type things happen and I get so overwhelmed and then sleep to start it all over again the next day. I am hoping they all calm down soon. I can’t keep going at this pace.
Although, crisis today was my mom calling me at little after 6am to tell me that my uncle had passed this early morning. My uncle Russ and aunt Alouise are my godparents. Also my mom and Alouise are sisters and as close as close could be. As kids our families did a lot together and spent time camping and baking and all sorts of other stuff together.
When mom called and said this to me, I was in the instant numb mode or disbelief. I knew he was sick and he didn’t want any treatments for anything and no doctors. He lost his will to live. This made me incredibly sad. I have been at that point in my life of feeling like losing my will to live, not by sickness but by depression and anxiety and fear. But I have chosen to live.
Katey and I live. We chose to be and do living. We are about going places and learning new things.
Then bump in the road again. Katey is struggling so much. She was diagnosed with ADHD and generalized anxiety disorder 3 years ago. Her behavior was getting out of control and her mouth too. I had to make that hard decision about medication or what? So, I talked to some friends and decided to see what medication could do for her. The doctor I chose for her to see turned out to be an amazing man. He tried her on an ADHD medicine and after a few weeks, it was just not right for her. He talked with me and her teachers. We tried another and that was BINGO. Katey had done 360. She was the loving and kind and calm kid that I knew years ago. Meltdowns to very few. Maybe one or two every couple months. It was awesome.
Then this doctor left to take a position elsewhere. Sadness. The transition between 4th and 5th grade has been the worst for her and for me. I have tried everything I can think of to help her in this. The EBD teacher, school counselor, her mental health social worker, in home worker ….all of us…trying to come up with something to help her feel more successful. But it didn’t work. Her behavior escalated.
Finally, talking with her mental health social worker, I had made the huge decision to look into the YTP-Life Span School and therapy. That is where she goes to school now. It’s in Burnsville. They pick her up and bring her home. She has therapy part of the day and academics part of the day. It’s only been a couple weeks but she is learning more about boundaries and what is appropriate. She is learning about self control and expressing herself with out destructing. I feel like I have failed her because I haven’t been able to teach her these things myself.
Being a single mom is so very hard at times. It’s just been her and me since the get go. I feel so lost. I feel like I don’t know what to do.
I have met an awesome man a few months ago. Luckily they get along great. He backs me up and helps me when I need it. She is listening more to him as well. He is so calm and just living moment by moment. He loves the Lord and makes that known to her and me. He is a recovering alcoholic. Maybe that is where he has found that serenity. He helps me to stay focused on what matters most when I start to get so overwhelmed I don’t know what to do. I feel blessed to have this relationship in my life.
All this said…..I still feel lost. I still feel alone. I still feel like my faith has been rocked. I want to be the best mom for Katey. I want to be there for Robert too. I need to figure out how to be here for me too. But I am alone.
This is where it is right now.
I would still like to meet you and talk more. Maybe you have some more ideas?
It’s Thanksgiving and Christmas and I don’t know how I am going to figure out how to make money stretch to the end of each month. I worry that I am going to let both Katey and Robert down. (Robert is currently in a sober house in St. Paul). It’s just my income. And time. Again…I am lost.