The following was published as part of my “Teachable Moments” blog series for ProMedica HealthConnect.
As the parent of a medically complex child, taking care of myself has included the need to power up in regular intervals. Richie’s first year of life was marked with hospitalizations, tests, and the slow achievement of milestones. For me, there was a lot of love and joy, accompanied by exhaustion. My energy was zapped from just trying to stay ahead of it all. At one point, Richie had upwards of 20 specialist and therapist appointments every month. I kept it all organized and never missed an appointment, but all that diligence drained by inner battery. I was on about ten percent all the time, and I desperately needed a power surge.