Out of the office 8/14/07

I’m out of the office today doing Mom things. I’ve found a training program that will take my son so I’ll be childless for -hopefully- at least the next nine months. I have a day long trek to get him there. I say hopefully childless because if he completes the program, he will have more job opportunities than making brooms. Not to disparage broom making -we are grateful for anything- but there’s no such opportunities near by. Appropriate employment for the disabled is extremely limited.

I don’t need to tell you I’m trying to keep from freaking out. Having a child leave home is stressful for every parent but more so if your child is of diminished capacity.

If you must contact me on the road, you can try my cell 505-635-8131 although reception is limited in the netherlands of eastern New Mexico. Please disregard any spam comments that may be posted to the blog in the interim.

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  1. Phyllis says:

    Best of luck to him Kathleen! It sounds like honest work, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    I wonder how many fund managers can claim they do honest work – not many if you ask me.

  2. Oxanna says:

    Hope he does well, and that you don’t worry *too* much. :) Glad to hear that there are training opportunities like that available for the disabled.

  3. Karen C says:

    Good thoughts and wishes on both fronts. I have a sister who has been mentally disabled since the age of 5 (she’s 50 now) and also experienced the empty nest syndrome, so you definitely are in my thoughts.

  4. J C Sprowls says:

    So… how is the program? Does it look like a good fit?

    What types of learning styles will they use? Do you think any of the constructs from the program you son will attend have roots in the manufacturing trade?

  5. Kathleen says:

    He lasted less than five hours. The center drove him back last night because he refused to take his medication. I’d say he’s home but he’s not. He’s on the street somewhere.

    Somedays, it’s all I can do to get out of bed, faking it, pretending to keep it all going. If people only knew what my life was really like…

  6. Irene says:

    I’m so sorry! My thoughts are with you. I wish I could say something that would help, but I will be thinking of you.

  7. Karen C says:

    I’m sending you a viral hug and shoulder to cry on. Sometimes life is just too tough and heartbreaking. Just put one foot in front of the other and breathe.

  8. Kathleen says:

    Boy, rough day.
    It’s almost 10:00 pm, I’ve been at the hospital since 2 this afternoon. Found the boy. He’s “okay”, won’t take his meds, doctor ordered an admission, had to keep all that a secret during the in processing of course. He’ll be there for the next ten days. I should be able to sleep tonight.

    Thanks for all the well wishes. Very sincerely appreciated. and thanks for understanding too.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Change is hard for all of us; glad that there was someone there to give you a helping hand when he didn’t cope with the changes. Admission is hard, but it means that you will sleep (which is good). Thinking good thoughts your way, as life changes.

  10. Michele says:

    Just logged in after a really frustrating day, read your postings, and forgot my troubles – NOTHING stands up in comparison to worrying about a child, at any age. I am so glad you found him, and that things are in hand. Remember to take care of yourself, too.

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