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Desperately in need of a honk and a hug :((44 Posts)
That's about it really.
Ds is a mess, school was a disaster again today, they are still not doing remotely what they say they are and should be doing, are still doing things they most definitely shouldn't be doing and yet again have given his self-esteem a massive kick in the guts today. On top of that it's problem after problem with the TA they've assigned to him and he is too scared and totally refusing to tell anyone other than me how badly she's affecting him.
He came out of school today full of anger, frustration and despair and I know just how he feels.
My heart is breaking for my poor boy. I feel so worn down, like I can't even get up off the sofa. I just want to curl up and pretend it isn't happening, because I know I can't do anything about it all - nothing I try works - I am continually banging my head against a brick wall with all my exits blocked. BUT ignoring it isn't an option is it, I have to fight and stand up for him, because if I don't, who will?
Sat here in floods of tears, waiting for dh to finish bedtime routines so I can fill him in on today's disasters, but knowing that he won't fully get it even if I do. Marriage is falling apart as well at the moment and I no longer feel I know or can trust my dh, which is heartbreaking after 25 years together.
So sorry for the self-pitying post. I just needed to let it out somewhere.
Then I think you need to spend some time together. Without the dcs. And knowing that they are with someone who gets it. So that you can concentrate on what is going on with you two...
It isn't a dictat, obv. but it might help you get your head straighter one way or another.
I have been considering that option Madwoman, but I am just so angry and hurt at this point that the last thing I want is to go away with friends and play the happy couple.
Everyone in our lives thinks we have such a perfect strong marriage, they would all be seriously shocked if they knew what a mess we are in at the moment.
I probably will end up going, just because I am too tired to argue about it. The daft thing is, it was me that suggested, planned and organised it. I was really looking forward to it and now I'm dreading going.
It'll be ok. And if they are your friends, they will understand that life isn't perfect 100% of the time, and will be there if you need them. You don't have to play act.
Take the time for the two of you, and see what happens x
oh moosemama Honks and ((hugs)) x
Maybe this trip is meant to be to get anything and everything out in the open without the DCs being near to earshot or interrupting mid flow as dcs do.
It will be somewhere neutral and unfamiliar relaxing surroundings so you will both be on an even footing and maybe open up a bit on the feelings?
Perhaps its the 1 to 1 time that is needed to clear the air one way or another x
I am sorry you have this on your plate on top of everything else, your head must be exploding on which way to go next. It doesnt help being poorly and having emotional baggage to deal with on top of the school issue. Remember you are not a bionic woman and you can only do one thing at a time.
((((hugs)))) moose. I can't comment on your DH as my views would be really jaundiced. I really hope he gets over his mid life indulgence quickly. People can change, though, I'm afraid and the phone secrecy isn't on.
Anyway, when is your school meeting? I'm so glad your inclusion teachers are on side at least.
Look after yourself, moose. X
Goodness me that sounds tough.
One fight at a time, it's too easy to think we need to fix everything at once, but we are only one person.
Do you have anyone for you? Not ds but you?
1)your health 2)ds and school 3)sort out marriage
Too much for anyone to do in one go. So it's really ok (essential?) to procrastinate, sulk, ignore or try to reduce your emotional involvement in whichever one or the three horrid areas which isn't top priority right now.
Could you enjoy the weekend without simultaneously trying to marriage-mend?
If the current dh situation is dodgy, blindly trusting dh right now would be incorrect. Even if you found out something unpleasant, all your previous years of trusting him were most probably well-founded and appropriate.
Coff, thank you. I'd like to think this weekend would be enough, but it doesn't feel that way at the moment.
Ellen, I've already been through him changing massively from when we first met. He had a head injury the year before ds1 was born and his personality changed overnight. He used to be lots of fun, very carefree and silly and really open and easy to communicate with. After the accident he stopped communicating, became obsessed with politics etc and really quite militant. He spent much of his recuperation time firing off letter after letter of complaint to everyone from Tescos to the Government. It was literally like suddenly being married to a stranger. We got through it and I thought we were ok, although I will admit to having struggled with losing my best friend after 15 years together, as since the accident he has never properly talked about anything, whereas before we constantly talked things through. In fact we got together after sitting up all night at a party just talking and we carried on doing that for months after we first got together and regularly throughout our lives after that. Now it's a fight to get him to talk and then when you finally think you have, you realise you are actually doing all the talking and he's just sitting there not contributing.
Don't know when the meeting is going to be yet, as she said it will be nightmare to get everyone to commit to going in the first instance and then they have to try and find a mutually convenient day/time.
Lisa, no not really. I spend pretty much all day every day alone at home. I see my Mum most days and she is often a big help when I am ill, but there are issues there (think of the "but we took you to stately homes" threads). Both my sisters live a long way away and don't really keep in touch much. Friends are joint friends with dh, most of whom we met when he was at Uni, so were his friends first, iyswim. We are seeing some of them this weekend, but there's no-one I could really talk to.
In fact that's what I am starting to realise. I really am on my own with all this. I feel like my world has been shaken because the one constant I've had across the past 25 years is that my marriage was strong and that even if dh is be a bit dopey sometimes, he was always there and he did love me and the dcs. Now I don't feel I even have that anymore. I have no clue what he's thinking or feeling - he won't talk and that just leaves me feeling even more unsafe and with no-one at all on my side. Not even counselling would help, because dh would just sit there and not speak. I have often described having a serious discussion or argument with dh as like punching a sponge, you can talk, rant, rave, shout and .... nothing, no response. It is so frustrating. I've tried not to get frustrated with it over the years, because he can't help it, it was the head injury that started him being like this and I knew that in spite of it he was always there, iyswim. Now though, I don't feel either like he is there - or even that he wants to be there anymore.
Oh I dunno, I'm rambling here. I'm ridiculously tired but can't sleep. Think I'd better try again though as I have to be up in 5 hours for the school run.
Thank you everyone for your support. I was really posting to let off steam, as I have no outlet for it in RL. I really appreciate all your support.
Cross posted maria.
Thank you. You talk a lot of sense.
Part of me knows that dh has always been a reliable and faithful husband and father and therefore my faith in him has been justified, but somehow all this is making me feel like there must have been at least a part of him that I never knew at all and that makes me feel like a fool. Yet on another level I do know that realistically we all have parts of ourselves that we hold back, although I don't think I have with him, because, as I said earlier, we grew up together. We are both 42 and have been together since we were 16 years old - our whole adult lives have been shared and we've been through so much together and survived that for him to screw it all up over a midlife crisis seems ... well I can't even think of the right word for it, but I do know I am hurt, incredulous and angry about it all at the same time. I know things are tough and messed up at the moment, but I still want to know why, why this time, why now. The only thing I can come up with is the mid-life crisis, years stretching ahead of him type thing and him realising that he just can't face it.
I guess it's a reminder that you should never take anything for granted.
Anyway, I am going to try and get some sleep again now.
Thank you for your kind thoughts.
Moose, there are a few of us on the brain injury thread in general health.
I know it seems like a long time ago (me too) but has he ever been in touch with Headway? I have to say I had never heard of them before the thread, but they do seem to have been quite useful for silent types...
I had forgotten that we had such a shared history!
Hope you manage some sleep x
I had forgotten we had that in common as well Madwoman.
I have never heard of Headway, I will look them up.
We had no help at the time. His treatment by the NHS was truly appalling, so there was no chance of them giving us any advice, we just had to muddle through on our own, with me nursing him without support. I was given compassionate leave, but then had to go back to work part time and try and hold down a job whilst nursing him and running the house etc. We were living the other end of the country to both families at the time and had very few 'real' friends up there as we were fairly new to the area. I hate thinking about that period in our life because it was truly awful.
I managed a couple of hours of fitful sleep, enough to be able to handle the school run.
I'm worrying about how ds1 is coping today. Apparently he refused to go with the TA yesterday morning and it sounds as if there was quite a battle. He can't stand being alone with her every morning and he loathes Thursdays anyway since the whole maths demotion thing. He still wants to go in, but only because of cricket club. Now Fridays are going to be a similar problem, because a good proportion of his literacy set are being taken out to be
hothoused tutored by teachers from the secondary towards level 6 SATs. Of course that includes all his friends and he is left with the children he doesn't get on with during what is essentially the 'fun' part of Friday afternoon, where he usually works with his best friend. Of course this has tapped into his self-esteem issues as well as making Friday, yet another 'blacker than black' day. <sigh>
Bedtime last night was awful as well. Ds1 totally lost it with ds2, just because he said 'pardon me' when he broke wind. I was downstairs and it sounded like World War III had broken out up there. Poor ds2 was beside himself, in floods of tears. It was purely a verbal attack, but so bad that it left ds2 shaking. He went to dh, who was putting dd to bed, for help and asked if he could stay in their room with them for a few minutes and dh shouted at him and sent him back to his room. It was clear that the boys needed to put some space between them for a while, so ds1 could calm down and ds2 could recover, but as usual these days dh just wasn't invested in what was going on. Fortunately ds2 had the good sense to come downstairs to me - who daftly assumed that dh would have dealt with it, especially as I am not really able to dash up the stairs at the moment.
Then ds1 was an absolute nightmare this morning, which is pretty much to be expected. Poor ds2 caught out badly again. I've had a chat with him and explained that whilst we need to be sympathetic with ds1 because he is having a difficult time, I still won't stand for him upsetting or hurting people and that he should come to me if ds1's behaviour is distressing him and I will deal with it.
Today is odd, I am tired, flat and don't feel like doing anything, but at the same time bored witless from doing nothing. Have read some books with dd and she is now doing her own thing. Hence me being on here.
If it wasn't for this blooming foot I'd get on a bus and go into town when she goes to nursery, but there's not enough time to get there and back and hobble round the shops if I go on the bus. Very annoying, as if I am going away this weekend I quite fancy spending some of dh's money buying myself something I don't need, just so I've done something for myself. <daft I know>
Moose I'm just replying so that you don't feel you are talking to the ether.
I'm sorry it is so tough on so many fronts. Didn't know about your back story re head injury but when I was recovering from severe ME 20+ years ago there was a chap at the work preparation unit I attended who had had a head injury and had a lot of help from Headway. It seemed like they were there for the long term so might be worth contacting. But I know its another thing for you to do.
I don't think its daft to buy something for yourself if you can manage it. Why not go the whole hog and get a taxi into town?
I really ought to get back to sorting out stuff for Ds's AR next week. It's an important one as it will decide post-16 provision. I knew my paperwork was in a mess but I am just discovering how much of a mess.
Thanks NoHaudin. I'm fine with talking to myself - it's often my only option!
To be honest it's just helping to let the thoughts out of my head and stop them all spinning around in there.
I don't think I will go into town, as I will just stress about getting back in time and have just remembered I have an additional school run today because of cricket club, so need to conserve my energy a bit.
Might order something online for next day delivery instead - now that really is extravagant.
Have nothing of any use to say other than I am here and listening (hugs)
Wrt your health I can empathise as you know. Still no answers for me either and I have come it the conclusion that until I have some sort of major attack/crisis I will get no help. I am so sorry you are no further forward either. Changing your review to yearly is nonsensical to me, but the NHS are running our of money after all
Wrt your dh...sigh. It's hard to know what to say. I think I am the one having a Mid life crisis in my relationship! I am unhappy and have been for some time but Dhs standard response is that he is happy, so everything must be ok.
He is working away a lot now which in some ways is good, but of course with my health it's hard.
Wrt your ds...you are right, you have to keep fighting. What's the alternative? Good luck with the AR.
I'm sorry Dh is being an added source of stress. I would be inclined to give him benefit of doubt re:medication confusion (on the basis that I am merely mildly tireder than normal on 4 Piriton a day, whereas the rest of the world seems to be utterly non-functional) but sounds like the other stuff. well, you need more reassurance and TLC at the very least. I hope you manage to get some rest this weekend at the very least.
Spend an hour on s&b and get them to produce you a shopping list.
Did you ever get that cleaner with his wage increase?
My dcs can manage to create a real life end of world scenario with three Lego bricks, depending on which one is due a meltdown. <sigh> so tough when you are all on edge and can't defuse stuff before it escalates.
<call the neuro> <- just a little whisper. Do you think the neuro would pay more attention if your mum or dh called and explained the most recent crisis? Especially in a 'I thought she was off her head and she couldn't speak or walk' type of way...
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