Re: Need help/advice
Dear Maria, Hang in there! The stress oftentimes makes the pain & fatigue worse, so if you can take charge of eating healthy & reducing stress--even in small ways, you might find that you can do more with the children. Have you called any nearby churches? Many have Vacation Bible School during the summer, where the children do crafts, sing & play with other children.
Even a week of allowing your children to attend could give you a week of rest. Also, the churches are often the first ones people call when troubles overwhelm them & so someone there can refer you to free community services that you might not realize are available. For instance, in our community there is an organization called CAPTAIN Youth & Family Services that provides many different services for families in trouble in our town. Community, Action, for Parents, Teens, & Interested Neighbors is run by volunteers to help with social, educational and prevention programs for youth & teens. Maybe there is some group nearby that you can contact about info for getting your kids some help/attention & give you a break. I urge you to call as many churches as you can & ask for assistance. So many people are out there willing to help, you just have to seek them out. Hope you feel better soon. Hug the kids!!