I have a friend who is a pastor in a hospital. As you can imagine, he sees a lot of what we as SMARD parents deal with–anger, sadness, depression, anxiety, etc. He told me that people usually deal with major issues in one of four ways: they eat it, they drink it, they shop it or they f*#* it. His comment really got me to thinking about how I am dealing with Dakin’s illness.
When Dakin was in the hospital, I gained 15 pounds. Waiting for test results I gained another 35. So, clearly, I eat my stress. It was not a healthy response and my body is still suffering from my lack of ability to deal with the stress in a healthy way.
I am attempting now to find alternatives to help me deal–because obviously the issue isn’t going away. One of my favorite releases is reality television (don’t judge me…ha!), especially the Real Housewives series. I am sure you know how it is–the sadness and reality of SMARD is just too much sometimes, but I know concentrating on the ridiculous lives of these ridiculous women will help distract me–at least for a little while.
What are your favorite releases? How have you coped–negatively or positively–with the stress of SMARD?