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I always feel so ridiculously alone.(50 Posts)
I don't know what's wrong with me at the moment but I just feel so shit and sad all the time. I live on my own with my little boy who has ASC, severe learning disabilities and an array of health problems. He's the best thing to ever happen to me. But I still feel really alone.
I have no family up here, my mum moved us about all over the UK chasing after men when we were kids and ended up staying where we are, near her family. But when DS was diagnosed with all his challenges they were all vile about him. So I don't talk to any of them anymore.
My dads family are ace, but all live miles away. They phone me once a week but it just isn't 'enough' if you know what I mean. I'd love to move to be closer to them but DSs dad is here and I don't want him to go through what I did when I was a child. I want him to have his dad near him.
I have a DP who I've been with a couple of years now but can only really see him once a week, we are rarely intimate as he's always really tired.
I have friends ish. But they all have children with disabilities and their own families so I don't see them often either.
I can't work because of the level of DSs needs so I'm just in the house or taking DS to places he likes.
You don't actually have to reply to this I just want a cry. I'm completely sick of life at the moment.
If DS is having seizures though or if I haven't slept because of his care needs for a good few days he will come to mine after work and sit up till 6am with DS while I get some sleep and then go to bed himself while I get up, but then he will sleep till 2pm to get ready for another long shift. I am lucky to have him.
Thank you germinal. I am generally happy. It's just occasionally for maybe a week or so a month I get this horrible lonely feeling. It's worse on special occasions like DSs birthday.
I'm also worried that my mum might try to come over on the day
I went NC with her about 7 months ago after years of dealing with her putting me and DS in the middle of her cheating and relationship issues and dealing with her trying to downplay how horrible her family were about DS
I really just want her to leave us alone.
I think the relationship with your DP needs looking at, tbh. You only see him once a week, and are rarely intimate. That in itself sounds lonely for you. Do you wish it were different? Could it be better?
He's so tired all the time though that's the reason we are rarely intimate. He works really hard for minimum wage and he just doesn't have any energy a lot of the time.
I do wish it were different, but I have a DP who I can trust, who helps with DS and who I get on with his friends and family, so really I am very lucky with him.
linerunner op has a little boy with special needs, op and her dp both work. I dunno. Life is so hard and complicated sometimes. Having initimacy with your partner might take a backseat 5o all the other things going on. Sounds like her dp is pretty supportive (?) But op just feels so lonely sometimes. I understand that. I dont think it will endure though, she sounds very lovable.
I get that, germinal. But there may be a way to make things just a little bit better.
And yes, OP, you do sound great!
aw thanks, Gung, htat's a kind thing to say <tongue-tied>
Perhaps if you had a fulfilling relationship with dp it would ease things. One day a week is a bit miserable, particularly if you're not getting it together, too. HOw come you don't live together?
Thank you germinal
We don't live together because we have only been together for 2 years. It may seem like a long time but we don't really feel it is. As well as that there's the whole totally differing routines thing at the moment. He doesn't want to come in from work and be silent in fear of waking us up, and I don't want to have to creep around all day trying to be quiet in the fear of waking him up, his job at the moment is a bit of a stop gap after being made redundant so that might all change at some point. Plus it might have to change very soon as he's pretty sure the person he rents off at the moment is thinking of selling.
But also I think I'm a bit funny about moving in until maybe another year or so, my own issues coming from my mum moving us from living with one man to another pretty much yearly I want any major thing like this to be permanent.
I'll be honest, if DS hadn't met DP by accident (ran downstairs when he woke up when DP was visiting at night) I don't know how long I would have left it. Probably completely unreasonable of me, I'm very over cautious because of my childhood.
If your partner worked normal hours and you saw him regularly during the week, your whole life might feel different. It would also mean you could live together when you feel ready.
You say his current work is only a 'stopgap', is there any possibility of that on the horizon?
Yes it would be better if he worked normal hours, he is looking for work but as everyone knows, work is hard to come by at the moment so he's lucky to even have a job, especially in our neck of the woods
Hurr21cane, I know where you are coming from as I live hundreds of miles away from my family. I could have moved back to where I am from when I separated but thought that my DC would not have a relationship with their father if I moved back. I have been here 17 years and don't get to see my family as much as I would like to. I agonised over it for years and then realised that my sibling's dont make an awful lot of effort to see one another even though they live relatively close to one another.
I think that some families do drift apart. I speak to my parents regularly and visit when I can. To be brutally honest I used to go more when the DC were little and I could bundle them into the car but now that they have their own social lives I don't go nearly half as much. I care very much about my silblings and nieces and nephews but in reality they are not really part of my day to day life any more.
I think that our situation is no longer unique and I know plenty of people in our situation. I think we just need to take the focus off that issue and get on with our lives as best we can. The country I am from has a big emmigration issue and it seems to me that all our worries can be quite easily put into the 'if I was only nearer to my family everything would be ok' basket. Perhaps we believe that if we were close to our family everything would magically be better. I have neighbours who tell me that the worst thing about their lives is living so close to their relations who stick their oar into everything they do.
You can be the family circle for your little boy. Visit your dad when you can and in the meantime ring him as much as possible and set up skype so your little lad can get to know his grandad. Even though it is no doubt tricky with your son's difficulties try your best to visit. Open up to your dad and tell him you would like to visit more. If it is financial difficulties that stop you from visiting our dad invite him up to your house.
My dad visits twice a year ish, which is probably as much as he can. To be fair he travels that much with work that even my step mum moans about not seeing him.
DS knows his grandad and he's one of his favourite people even though he rarely sees him, probably because he always comes baring gifts and spoils him rotten
I know I'm not alone and most of the time none of it even bothers me, it's just special occasions that seen to get to me.
I wanted a massive family myself and I wanted lots of children, but I got pregnant at 17, had little DS with all his needs (who I wouldn't change for the world) and then split with his dad and eventually decided I didn't want any more children because DSs care needs were so great that I wanted to give him all my attention.
So I'd planned to have a massive family and never be alone and ended up just me and DS. Which I love most of the time but sometimes it's just....lonely.
Holidays are hard for me too. So far away from our families.
What has helped us is creating our own traditions. So I have a felt advent calendar so it's always the same one. I a
Ways make exactly the same sake at Easter (which nobody eats as they are sick of chocolate) we always have pancakes on Saturdays. Things like that.
Funny how life turns out eh. I also wanted a big family but it wasn't to be; whereas my sister has exactly the life I wanted (want!) and she didn't particularly want it and moans about it. I tend to generally steer clear of spending too much time with people with big, eventful families, it's just too painful - I wish them well and all, of course, just don't want it in my face too often.
Hi hurricane, I have been keeping an eye on your thread as I find it hard sometimes too. I moved away from my family and my mum had cancer at the time to be with my now ex husband. It didn't work out though as he just couldn't cope with family life in the end, I was always doing it on my own and actually felt soooo lonely with him! My mum died in the end as well.
I decided after my marriage broke up that it would be better for the children to be near to their dad and also it gave me a break every other weekend if they saw their dad regularly, so I decided to make a life for myself here, and I pretty much have, I have my own little business, my own house I have made friends but not a massive amount. Like you I have a lovely dp but I only see him twice a week due to circumstances I find that hard. We are talking about living together but it probably won't happen for another 1 or 2 years. I do find it hard sometimes though my sister does family things with my dad like on Father's Day but I live too far away so don't very often see them. I find it hard when I fill a form in at the dentist for instance when they ask for a contact number in an emergency there isn't anyone, I suppose my dp but I always think what if we split up.
I have a few times thought about moving back up to were my family live, but I've always come to the conclusion it's better for the children if I live here, schools their friends, their dad. But sometimes I'm not sure if I'm happy, especially when you see others getting help from their mums or family members, but then moving up to be with family would I really see them that much, I would be starting again really as all my old friends have pretty much moved on too. So I know exactly what your going through. I wonder if you live anywhere near me ? I pull myself out of it but sometimes I feel lonely and pathetic too, people don't really know how hard it is do they x
Hi you are not alone. Me sp and dh dead. Dread school run as always on my own like billy no mates. Been ill for a while so at home all day and there is only so much house work I can do. Really down and low but mn does help an awful lot.
Have you asked for a carers assessment? This will help identify if you have any needs etc which could result in getting respite care or direct payments for help towards someone assisting with your son.
You are obviously doing a fantastic job and your l
Love for your son shines through in your posts.
I'm in the north west. I don't know if that's close?
Oh no I'm so sorry to hear you're alone on the school run! I've made a couple of friends at the school run but the new school DS is going to doesn't really have a school run, just school buses and taxis and then me, taking DS because I'm way too paranoid to trust anyone else with him
Ah my dad lives in the northwest, sadly I'm down south , oh and I haven't made any friends at the school either, I find them quite rude here. The last school my children went to I made friends some I still stay in touch with but here no one really, so I do feel lonely sometimes x
I haven't asked for a carers assessment yet because I didn't want respite because I didn't trust anyone with him. I'm trying now though because I've found someone amazing
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