Family Update January 2021
I believe it is time for a large Family Update in January 2021. SO much has gone on with everyone in my house. I am physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. Honestly, I do not remember the last time *I* deep cleaned my house. Sleep is not my friend, my emotions are on edge, and I have gained weight. Also chopped my hair off, but that is a different story.
We started off the year with no school. Really, no different for us because we were already doing virtual school. This involved getting Daniel enrolled in high school. He was coming off of being gone for several weeks and we had to enroll him. There was a lot of togetherness. We were all pretty much sick of each other. Let’s be honest, we’ve been sick of each other since Covid19 and quarantine began.
We had the baby shower for Charleigh. Again, not what we wanted but what is necessary due to the pandemic.
Counseling Continued and Began for Some
I continued on with counseling through January. Honestly, it is nice to talk to someone but still frustrating. I want to see more results, heal more, resolve more. The boys also started counseling. Honestly, the jury is still out on it. They are with the same group as I am, but 2 different fellows. We shall see how this pans out. I hope it is successful. We have goals. There has been on revelation type opinion that we are further seeking out.
Again, it has not been the best experience. I know the teachers are doing their best, but it is so hard for the students who struggle with special needs. It’s almost like they are just continuing to ignore and let these kids fall through the cracks. Just get by.
The kids do get the opportunity to retake homework and such to better their grades. Yet, one of my kids needs more. He struggles but no one sees it because he can work really hard and make passing grades. The invisible disease of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, possible autism, and a host of all the other things make education hard.
I am not impressed with the level of care the administration has for my son. They said that there is nothing really that they can do and I find that disturbing. Hunter is doing well, for the most part
Technical School and College
Job Corp is still not open, so we are in limbo. The county that this particular school is in has to go “orange” in order to open. College is going well for my son. In the fall, he will begin going to Murray State. He will start his junior year. Where did the time go?
It’s been a hard month OMS-wise. The shaking is pretty significant in his hands. His behavior is hard. Schoolwise, he is doing really well. Jude had one seizure this month. We did up his meds for epilepsy. He has not had any more Non-Epileptic Seizures. The Functional Neurological Disorder stuff is a work in progress. Daniel is transitioning home fairly well. It has been an adjustment with him being home.
Bart is okay. Work is a struggle. Covid19 sucks. Bug and Ben are well. The baby is doing great! I’m so excited to meet her. Alyssa and Arkie are engaged. So, there’s that. G … life as it happens. Noah is good, busy, but good. I pretty much gave the update on the younger boys.
As for me, I’m tired. Old. Tired. Trying to find time for self-care. This level of parenting is so different. It isn’t physically exhausting as much. For me, it is mentally and emotionally exhausting. I just want to be and do all the things for all the kids. Sadly, I can’t.
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