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The most difficult job on earth??

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 26, 2012 by Mom...Interrupted22!!!

MOMS! We are doctors, lawyers, caretakers, maids, chauffeurs, butlers, janitors, nurse practitioners, cooks, social workers, counselors, etc.. Name a job and we have fulfilled the job requirements at some point during motherhood. All self-appointed titles that we carry with pride!

So I ask, “What is the most difficult job on earth?”

An Astronaut? Wikipedia defines astronaut as “a person trained by a human spaceflight program to command, pilot, or serve as a crew member of a spacecraft.”

A physician? Wikipedia defines physician as “a health care provider who practices the profession of medicine, which is concerned with promoting, maintaining or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury and other physical and mental impairments”.

A Rocket Scientist (aerospace engineering)? Wikipedia defines aerospace engineering as “dealing with the design, construction, and study of the science behind the forces and physical properties of aircraft, rockets, flying craft, and spacecraft.”

The President of the United States? Wikipedia defines the President as “the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.”

Hmmm. After some thought I would define my position as a mom as follows: A person self-taught through experience that acts as a pilot/crew member of the family navigating through the space rocks of life including patching up wounds, drying up tears and absorbing heartache and pain. In addition, this position has to promote and maintain the human health of her family through shopping for and preparing healthy meals, attending doctor appointments, dentist appointments, emergency room visits, urgicare visits and meetings with teachers. She helps design and construct various building blocks, Lego’s and Tinker Toys coupled with a lesson in engineering while simultaneously acting as commander –in-chief getting everyone where they need to be…..on time….all on a daily basis. No days off. No clocking in or out.

Now I ask this question again…..What is the most difficult job on earth?

I THOUGHT OF THIS IN MY DELIRIUM GETTING THE KID READY FOR SCHOOL AFTER WORKING LAST NIGHT

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 21, 2012 by Mom...Interrupted22!!!

HYDROCORTISONE VS TOOTHPASTE

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 20, 2012 by Mom...Interrupted22!!!

What a busy two days! Such a whirlwind but yet so “normal”. I’ve realized how far I’ve come with patience and restraint in dealing with the “experts”. It seems to be an evolving process. Initially, you put your trust and faith in them. That they know what they are doing and will steer you in the right direction. Then you realize, for some, your kid is the book they carry or the papers they wrote in college. You also begin to realize “Hey, I know this kid better than anyone!” and you’re better able to weed out the good ones from the not so good ones. Eventually, you learn to use them as a resource and to bounce ideas off of because….YOU are the expert.

I had to run the kid to the doctor yesterday which meant he would have to see any available doctor. We all know how that goes. (I posted some hilarious thoughts on my Facebook page as the day went along.)  So I sit and listen to him “educate” me on the need for a physical. He says, “especially with his “PDD” and other issues you want to make sure that is a priority.” He follows with the fact the kid hasn’t had one since they have gone “electronic”.  I quickly roll off the surgeries, seizures and visits to his pediatrician he has had since they have gone “electronic” with as much attitude as I could muster. Then I realized, remember, just nod and say “umm huh”. They like that. What do you know, as soon as I do that he quickly finishes the exam and we’re on our way.

As the day continues to roll on I only have a few hours to get back home and prepare for a 12 hour overnight shift at work. #sigh Here we go! At the end of all the chaos and rushing out of the door I learned probably the most important thing there is to know as a working mom trying to hold everything around her down…..don’t put the hydrocortisone in the same basket as the toothpaste. #yuck!!!

MONDAY MORNING ECHOLALIA

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 19, 2012 by Mom...Interrupted22!!!

So I woke up this morning…LATE! D was 10 mins late for school. In the chaos I yelled….yes America parents do yell at their kids every now and then. Please comment if you have never yelled so that we can learn your secret. Anyhow, one of the great things about D is echolalia, or as I like to say “he echos”. He repeats, almost exactly, phrases he hears. This used to be pretty bad and he would use the phrases to communicate. After a lot of hard work, though, it’s minimized to only occurring when he gets stressed. Well, I probably stressed him this morning. 😦 I don’t often yell at him like that. On the way to school my heart sunk because he yelled “STOP PLAYING!!” and I swear it could have been a tape recorder playing back my words. He was looking at the floor and when I said his name he immediately said “nothing” and tried to act as if it never happened. I’ve noticed this has occurred with some other issues he has as well. This is a sign to me that he’s aware some of his behaviors are different than his peers. 😦

To top that off I am going to have to put on my advocacy hat (as if I ever take it off). I don’t think his aide has been changed like we discussed in his ISP. A little birdie gave me some unsettling information this morning so of course I’m on top of it. I sent the email before I even left the school parking lot. Yes, email. You see, depending on how your school system operates you learn how to work deal with them. After five years….trust me, I know. I will not speak with ANYONE on the phone or in person. I only communicate via email. If I do need to speak with someone on the phone I immediately follow up with an email summarizing what we discussed. If they feel my summary is not accurate they are more than welcome to respond with a correction. No response means you accept. If anything comes up later it will be difficult to dispute. He is at a good school so we will see what happens with my email. They know me well enough by now to know that I expect results. Especially when the request is reasonable. Or in this situation REQUIRED BY LAW.

WAS TODAY SUCCESSFUL??

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 19, 2012 by Mom...Interrupted22!!!

Did I succeed today?? Well let’s see…

Allergies almost killed me so I didn’t go to church which means I felt somewhat spiritually unfulfilled. The Benadryl still has me in a cloud but at least I know to never try drugs. #If I can’t handle a Benadryl drugs would probably kill me.

My husband left the house for a few hours to help someone out. Before he left, while he was gone and after he came back, I fielded questions and stories about Legos and trains……all while shifting in and out of “Benadryl consciousness”. I diffused an argument about why someone can’t be quiet while someone else is playing a video game. Hopefully prevented the dog from having a seizure (no one remembers his medicine but me) and becoming dehydrated (no one remembers his water but me). At one point I woke up to popcorn, cups, Legos and other random items surrounding me on the bed. The kid was nowhere in sight. After cleaning all that up I finished up dinner. #sigh

The kid answered a question that was an answer to so many questions I’ve asked myself about being a parent. He asked for juice. “Am I the only one in this house that can get you juice?” He said, very matter of fact, “Yes. Because you’re mommy.”

So yes! I would say that today was successful. How about you? 🙂

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCES?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2012 by Mom...Interrupted22!!!

How do you define success??

Is it money, power, the amount of people you surround yourself with? Is it how many followers you have on twitter or how many Facebook friends you have. Is it the size of your house or the type of car you drive? Is it how social you are or how often you can be at “the place to be”? Is it how many people know how much you have or how many people you think want to be in your shoes?

I know how I define success. When I wake in the morning with my day planned out. A day planned to take some personal time but     abruptly interrupted to add a kid in tow. Continuing the day completing all tasks and errands while simultaneously answering a million questions about everything and nothing all at the same time.

I define success when I hear my husband in the other room yell “TOUCHDOWN!”, my teenager complaining about washing dishes and the constant squeak of a mattress of my little one jumping on his bed….all while “relaxing” in my room.

You see, success can be defined by how you measure your life. I measure my life by weight. Lightweight superficial material things can play a small part. However, what matters most weighs the most. The chaos. The drama. The love. The tears. FAMILY!

That is how I define success.

You know you’re a mom when……

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2012 by Mom...Interrupted22!!!

You know you’re a mom when your “personal time” consists of running errands, grocery shopping and cleaning without kids in tow. It’s too funny that today I’m looking forward to Sam’s Club, swinging by a furniture store, checking out some stuff for the yard at Home Depot….hmm and I might just stop in Old Navy for some school uniform pants. THIS my friends, is what I get excited about. Always have. There’s typically a kid walking jumping next to me but today I’m taking some time for me….just for a few hours. #HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY EVERYONE! 🙂