I'm feeling exhausted and a little overwhelmed right now. I have been taking care of a friends' 3 kids since Tuesday. The kids are 12, 10 and 2. The 10 yr old has Tourette's syndrome. Their mom is in the hospital and we have no idea when she will be out. It could be a day. It could be a week. Maybe a month! She also has a 6 month old who is staying with her in the hospital so she has to have constant round the clock friends there to take care of the baby - and why dad sleeps there each night and can't be home with the other three kids. It all started with a toothache that seemed to turn into an abscess. The dentist said it wasn't her teeth at all so she was referred to an ENT. They pulled pus from her jaw area that was swollen up like she had a ball in her cheek. That night it was back and worse. She had to have surgery to remove whatever it was. Two days later she was in the hospital because she not only had an infection but she was/is having extremely painful spasms like electric shocks through her face. And the pain is so intense, she vomits with each spasm. They don't even know what to do with her. I saw her yesterday and she does not appear to be doing any better. She's completely drugged up on pain meds. Her dh is spending time between work and the hospital so I get the kids full time. I'm a mom of six now. :D Oh and this family is strict vegan, gluten free. Which makes feeding them a challenge. For one, they're constantly hungry. I would be too if I only ate pieces of fruit and beans. I really need to set up a routine with them and get everything settled. These last few days have all been crazy as we all have been running around by the seat of our pants. I feel like I've driven a million miles back and forth between house to get this and that, taking the kids to the hospital and turned away because they didn't want them seeing their mom in her condition. I have to work all day today, so dh is going to hold down the fort. But when I get home I need to make a plan, a routine. I was thinking of assigning the big kids chores. Simple chores. Or is that too much??? Idk. We need a routine, Especially if they're staying awhile. Liam is handling it well so far. But the 12 yr old is quite forward with what she does (she's like a mother to the 2 yr old and I'm thankful) but I hear her tell Liam stuff like: no we aren't watching that show you just asked for because my brother doesn't like it. I don't want to hurt her feelings but I'd like her to be more of a kid and less of a mom. If that makes sense.
on Jun. 6, 2014 at 8:03 AM