Yesterday I was speaking with another mom and she asked me about the physical toll on my body being a parent to kids with needs. Then waldenbunch mentioned the same thing in a comment to my rethink, regroup rehash = reset post. And another commenter discussed the need to help our kids understand their own physical pain.
So I'm opening the floor for discussion.
How do you help your challenged kids identify their physical pain?
I try to talk to my kids using social stories type language, making it real simple. We also use a 10 point pain scale. But this pictorial is really nice (my thanks to Ashley, commenter)
Here is a useful pictorial for assistance.
email direct for the linkeroo or scroll through the comments of the above-linked post
How has raising challenged kids affected your physical health?
I've mentioned in the past the fact that we gain on average, 15 pounds a year raising RADishes. That's a Katherine Leslie fact, fyi.
Here's some of the things I've experienced:
those with asteriscs are issues some of the rest of my family have problems with too
I feel like I've aged 10 years in one year*
I've gained weight
I've gotten a lot of gray hair, just in the past six months*
I've lost a lot of hair*
My heart flutters
I have chronic back, neck and shoulder pain*
I have numbness and tingling in my hands and fingers because of the stress in my back and neck
I have irritable bowels*
I have had panic attacks
I have restless sleep often riddled with odd dreams and/or nightmares*
I have ringing ears*
I have lost fillings in my teeth from grinding in my sleep*