Thursday, November 3, 2011

Behavior Issues

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Yikes, sorry I wrote such a whiney post yesterday!  I am feeling much better this morning.  This week has been filled with behavior and medical issues and it was starting to give ME some behavior and medical issues! Okay, not medical issues (yet), but definitely BEHAVIOR issues!


That picture has nothing to do with anything, but it’s fu-nny!

Something else that is funny…I found my black strapless bra and one green ballet flat in the backyard yesterday!

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Here’s a little bit about what Justin and I do and why my panties are in such a bunch this week.  We own and run a group home for individuals with developmental disabilities.  We have three people that live with us and will live with us forever.  It’s like foster care in that we are not their guardian, but it’s not like foster care in that there are no families for them to go back to someday.  We are it. We are their family.

They have severe developmental disabilities.  They are all nonverbal.  They require A LOT of assistance (which is why I got my nursing degree). It is for these reasons that when one of them starts having issues, I tend to get anxious because they can’t tell me how they are feeling.  And then I take them to the doctor and they don’t understand what is going on or what a doctor even is, so then they start having behavior issues (especially when we have to sit in a waiting room for an hour and a half)! And I feel bad, because it’s not their fault that they are yelling and moaning in a waiting room full of people or trying to yank people’s clothes off, including mine as I intervene, but they are looking at me for relief.  And I can’t explain to them what is happening because THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND ME! Exhausting. 

Then I come home and practically every dish in our house is dirty and sitting on the counter because I forgot to buy dish washer soap days ago. There are clothes molding in the washer because I forgot I put them in on Monday and my black bra is laying in the back yard.

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Oooooh, this picture is going to come in so handy!

At the end of the day, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I love what I do.  It’s weeks like this that I am forced to find ways of calming my nerves.  Remembering to breath.  It’s weeks like this that I am so thankful for my health and my husband, who may not actually do the dishes, but is there to comfort me and let me know that I will eventually get them done (see above crazy face)!

ANYWHO….today is a new day.  I will buy soap for the dishwasher and eat some vegetables.

Funny Encouragement Ecard: There are no limits to what you can accomplish when you are supposed to be doing something else.

Some Good News

Katy is feeling much better and all three dogs got groomed yesterday!

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Katy and Piper got handkerchiefs after their grooming and Sara did not like it.  She was trying to bite Katy’s off!

Comfort Food

Butternut squash soup with bacon crumbled on top.

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  1. lol...I love it! "Buy some soap and eat some vegetables"
    Your job sounds extremely stressful. It definitely takes a special person to do what you do! You and Justin are awesome!

  2. yes,i agree it does take a very very very special person to be a caregiver!!! just hang in there,buy some soap,eat your veggies,try to breath and take every situation minute by minute!
    you and justin are wonderful people to have opened up your home and hearts to these individuals!
    yall rock!!

  3. I have to say the same as above being a caregiver is extremely trying. Serenity now;)


  4. You are an angel for being so caring, hang in there, hope things have gotten better for you - I have been going through withdrawals without your blogs!