Chuck and I are naturally very laid-back people, which is what makes our our large family work, I think. We can tolerate a lot of noise, a lot of activity, a lot of things…But sometimes life can be stressful no matter how laid-back you are (heart surgery, bills, school, etc)…Stress has been an unwelcome guest in our home since last summer when Tucker began experiencing extreme anxiety. It started as soon as he learned Apollo would be needing surgery again. It has been so hard to watch my naturally outgoing, high-energy, scrappy, confident kid begin to fall apart from anxiety. Now that the surgery is over and Apollo is doing better, Tucker is as well. He isn’t “cured” but the techniques we’ve used to help him have made a huge difference. He was the only child in our family not to get a part in the Missoula Children’s Theater play (anxiety again) but after the initial disappointment he came through like a champ.
This last year has been incredibly stressful for me as well. We are going through a very difficult time with Mordecai as we try to get to the root of his mental health issues and find some appropriate help for him. I have felt my stress level shoot up this last year higher than it has ever been.I have been needing to find ways to deal with my own stress, on top of helping a very anxious child. Thankfully, I have some great resources. Mordecai’s teachers this year are wonderful. They feel very much like part of the team. I have a few close friends who I can vent to when needed.
Chuck has been helping by taking over as many of the chores related to tube feeding Apollo as possible. He tries to stay up and take care of the alarm when his feedings are finished. This is so helpful to me. Being awakened by the pump, going down the hall, turning the pump off, flushing Apollo’s tube, unhooking him is all routine enough for us, but I find it very difficult to fall back asleep after that. Chuck doesn’t have any trouble at all drifting off after finishing Apollo’s feeding.
I also makes sure I wake up early for some quiet time. I set my alarm and get up before the kids so I can have some hot coffee and a quiet house before the bustle of 10 kids and a busy household.
I have also discovered RESCUE Pastilles. The first time I heard about RESCUE was when Apollo began experiencing extreme anxiety related to sleep after his first heart surgery. Our doctor recommended the RESCUE Remedy for kids. We were so desperate we bought some on the way home from that doctor’s visit. Last summer, before and during Apollo’s surgery, RESCUE was Tucker’s constant companion. He felt so much stress relief he began bringing the bottle to me for a dose when he felt panicky.
I hate taking any kind of medicine so I love that RESCUE is natural, non-habit forming and has no side effects. It is used by millions world wide and developed by a doctor, which is probably why it was recommended to me by our family doctor as a first defense against stress and anxiety.
RESCUE stress relief products are available now in the US at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Haggen and wherever you find natural products! If you haven’t already tried RESCUE you can use this coupon for a buy one get one deal!
How do you cope with stress? Coffee? Chocolate? A good book? I’d love to hear your ideas.
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