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Posted by Janine on October 18, 2000 at 17:02:19:

In Reply to: I'm at the end of my rope, please somebody help...... posted by s c's mom on October 17, 2000 at 15:34:57:

Guess what? I have four kids and have what I tell others, "a chaotic home life" too.

Misery loves company they say so here's one for you. You are lucky. I have an alcoholic husband and he was worse than my poopy diapered kids.

My little ones and I had to step over my husband's body as it lay passed out on the floor almost every night until I finally could take no more. I have left the situation (not my husband) and now am living with my parents which has been very difficult on them as well as us. BUT... this will not be forever and we WILL get through this part of our lives.

As for my husband -- I hope he seeks recovery and then we will see if there is any chance for family life.

For your child -- it is federal law that ALL citizens get a free education. Your 6 year old should be in a special class at school or the gov't should pay for special education.

Maybe you can check with your states department of Education as it relates to children with disabilities.

Also, there are many federally and state funded advocacy agencies which provide respite or reimbursement for respite services and other programs.

My child was denied insurance coverage by different companies due to his autism and other problems so I had to go a different route for his coverage. Your insurance provider can give you information on interim or high risk coverage, etc.

I wish I had a house. I wish I had money. I wish I had a husband and my kids had a father. And, I wish I had a life. But, I know I'll get through this time and then things will get better later.

Hang in there!

: I have a son with autism who is 6. He's a noisemaker. He's a video talker, he rewinds the VCR every 2 minutes and watches the same thing over and over and over. I've got a 2 year old who is "typically 2" some say, I say Bullshit! He's become afraid of things all of a sudden, roads, bugs, carpet, elevators....he was so perfect and now...boom, he won't entertain himself, he cries because I didn't get the right color cup for him, he wanted choc. milk and I fixed him tea, he wanted peanut butter and I gave him ham sandwich, he asks for something, I get it, he throws it, he cries, I can't take it!!! I'm living with autism and I don't particularly care for it, but my goodness, this is horrible. He's been doing the oppositional stuff now for about 16 months, the fears just appeared, what do I do? I don't have the nerves for this!!!!!!!!!! I can't raise 2 sons that are so demanding. I've got a husband and 2 stepdaughters and they are losing me. I don't know what else to do. I cry when they have wrecked me so bad and they don't even think anything of it. I need help. I don't have insurance now, (my husband has just started a new job, we won't have insurance in place for a few more months,) I am at the end of my rope, I find myself yelling, crying, I've gained weight, I feel helpless . I love to have a clean house, I can't even get that done, they wreck it in 5 minutes flat. The baby touches everything, vaccuum cleaner bags torn off the vaccuum, food ripped out of packages, poop and pee on the floor, both will poop in their pants, my son with autism is doing so much better and wam!!!! along comes the 2 year saying, "oh, no, you're not done with cleaning crap off this floor mama!! I'll show you"!!! Where do I turn? I'm losing myself, my marriage, my kids and my sanity. I am seriously considering admitting myself into a psychiatric ward somewhere just to get a break, please someone, tell me who can help me!! I live in central GA area and am at my wits end. Nervous Breakdown here I come!!!!

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