Kristen - posted on 09/22/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )
Elijah is almost five years old. He was diagnosed with AST when he was three. I am a single working mother and I barely make enough to pay rent and day care costs. I don't receive much help from the father, if any.
Elijah is highly verbal and high functioning, but with behavior problems, social/expressive speech delays, and particularly, issues with toileting. Getting my son to have a BM on his own is a full time job. He's been constipated for six months, but doesn't respond to the miralax or fiber or even mineral oil, as he holds it in. It's been three weeks since he's pooped without a suppository. Suppositories are two person jobs and he'll hit, kick and pull hair during the process. There seems to be no end.
I'm trying to keep my job but have to take a lot of time off. And then there are constant calls from the school. How do moms keep from having nervous breakdowns from stress?
I get 2 hours respite care from the county a week, but it is not enough of a break.