Nicole - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
Hello everyone. My name is Nikki and I have five children with only three of my boys living with me. Anthony is twelve, Chris is four and Tyler is 2. Both Anthony and Chris are disabled. Anthony is receiving speech services and is emotionally disabled and is receiving services for his behavior. Chris, although not formally diagnosed as he is only four, is being treated for ADHD and bi-polar tendencies. Chris has undertaken a sensory profile and classically fits this as well. Since this has not been added as a "diagnosis" in the manual, he does not receive "treatment" for this, however, the special needs pre-school he attends is addressing this to some degree. Up until September of last year, I was a single mom who worked full-time, barely making it with my three children. I was involved with a wonderful man to whom I am now married. When I was laid off as a result of attendance (doctord appointments and therapy), it became imperative that I devote my energy in getting all the help I could for Anthony and Chris. We have since moved out to the country and I am with the boys all the time. It has not been easy and there are times I feel like I am going to lose my mind. I do not have much family that is close and the ones I do have are not a great support group. The techniques given to me by Chris's therapist work at times but not on a regular basis. He is on two medications that are no longer helping. I have an appointment coming up with a new doctor to have him looked at. Until then I continue to give him this medication. Anyway, I suppose I'm looking for a support group and friends that share the same experiences. Thank you for allowing me to share my story.