Two nights of being near death with a fever and I think I am done. Let's hope so at least. It makes me sad that I know of 2 of my kids that had this and they barely made a sound about it. We all know it is b/c they were really sick but I didn't know. Same kind of thing happened today at the psychiatrist's office. He asked if Ruthie had bad dreams and she looked at me and said she did. He asked if she told her mom and dad about it and she said she didn't. I know they had to have bad dreams but they NEVER mention it.
I missed Ava's conference today. I feel so terrible abut it. I have been told by several people that it is no big deal b/c I have so many kids. That is the farthest thing from the reality. Yes, I agree that I have a lot of kids but that means I must do better than the average parent. Poor Ava gets the short end of quite a lot lately. She is always on my last nerve, every one's for that matter. I struggle to find nice things to say to her b/c I really want to wrap my hands around her mouth to shut her up for 3 seconds. Anyway, I am scum. I did call and beg her teacher to forgive me and allow me to make it up to her. I am showing up in the AM with something yummy to win her over.
Huge news!!!!!! Ruthie and Ava will be admitted tomorrow to that outpatient program for 8 weeks. I am not sure if I misunderstood or he misspoke but it only lasts 6-8 weeks not 6-24 months. I told him that I am concerned that they will appear perfect there and he promised they were experienced in this issue. I consulted my ATs and they have heard mixed things about the program and told me to consider it Respite. I loved that idea and decided to jump right in. They begin tomorrow!!!!!!!! I will only see them on the weekends and for about 15 minutes on each week night. They will pick them up from school and bring them home at bed time. They have a very structured time during those hours and do therapeutic activities between homework and dinner. I am so gonna love the time off. Michael, Patches, and Cyr will be next.
Update on Rosa. She is doing great! I am sure she doesn't always feel confident but she definitely sounds like a confident parent when she repeats my words to the strangers trying to help. LOL She has scheduled her son to have an evaluation in the middle of the week. It is hard being a single parent to a traumatized child but she is learning quick what not to do. I have high hopes for her and her kids. I am still keeping my fingers crossed that she chooses to move near us so I can help her more in person. One funny thing that I think she finally realized today is that she can not take her son in public. He kicks and screams and refuses to get in his seat causing a scene that embarrasses her beyond belief. I remember those times too well. At least her kid is still dressed when she leaves a store.