Every year, 5,000 children pass away.
This is her story.
My world is falling apart.
His brain stem is deteriorating, a side effect of the chromosome abnormality he has. Twenty-nine surgeries haven’t been enough to save him, though they have bought him more time with us.
We are told that he’s the only child in the world who has his conglomeration of medical conditions (the chromosome abnormality, spina bifida, a connective tissue disorder, chiari malformation, intracranial hypertension, and another half-dozen minor diagnoses).
The amount of pain medication he receives every day is a drug-addict’s dream, is administered around the clock to keep him from experiencing pain. It is so beyond awful that I don’t have words to express my feelings. Watching him decline is the worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life and that is saying something.
As if that isn’t enough, the two children my family adopted from Ukraine eighteen months ago have a lot more “going on” than we were told about.
My four-and-a-half year old has Down syndrome, a heart defect that wasn’t repaired properly, systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, atlanto-axial instability, autism, tethered cord, syringomyelia, mild hearing loss, and is considered both medically complex and medically fragile. We’ve been told repeatedly by numerous specialists that she isn’t going to have a long life. She functions at the level of an eight month old.
Neither of the girls walks, talks, signs, eats (they’re g-tube dependent, just like my six year old) or interacts well with people (they interact, but only on their terms).
When we adopted the girls, we knew they had Down syndrome and that the four year old had a heart defect.
Everything else has been a big ‘ol surprise since we brought them home. Honestly, it feels like discovering new problems with our kids never ends.
To top it all off, my marriage is falling apart. I know I should care, but I don’t have the emotional capacity to handle it. I just want him to leave me alone. I don’t want to have to deal with him on top of everything else.
I’m struggling in every sense of the word. I don’t know anyone that understand how this feels.
Yes, lots of people have lost a child to death.
Yes, lots of people have a medically-fragile child.
Yes, lots of people have large families.
Yes, lots of people have multiple children with special needs.
But I don’t know any other people who have a large family with lots of kids with special needs, some who are medically fragile, with one who is terminally ill?
If there are, would someone please point me toward those people? I REALLY could use a friend, someone who’ll say, “This totally sucks!” along with me. I know people don’t know what to say to someone like me, but I still want them to say something – the silence is deafening.
This road I’m on is lonely.
I just want to feel like I’m not on it all by myself.
by kpmomof9; Published on May 03, 2012
Filed under: Special Needs Parenting, Pediatric Terminal Illness, Divorce, Congenital Heart Defects, Spina Bifida, How To Help Someone Who Has Lost A Baby, How to Help a Parent With a Special Needs Child, Child Loss
- Kate says…
May 3, 2012, 11:19 p.m. 26254
I need to clarify something ~ my 6 year old is NOT adopted. I obviously messed up when I was typing this post. I meant to say that I did not know my son had a terminal condition when I adopted my 2 youngest girls. If I had known about my son’s condition, I wouldn’t have adopted when I did. Thank you SO MUCH for the support, hugs & understanding. The Band is amazing… Thanks to Aunt Becky for pointing me here! ❤