So here we are again at the start of a fresh school year. My shortest family members are in 1st and 4th grade this year, and already racking up make up days due to Tropical Storm Fay. (Gustav missed us, but Hanna and Ike are on the way!) We're off to another 9 months of scheduling chaos: soccer practice, dance class, field trips, science projects, nasty-notes from teachers around Christmas time, Birthday parties, puberty!, playground spats, stuck-up stay-at-home moms, math homework designed by Satan himself, etc. All that and I work a variable schedule (read: entirely unpredictable and always changing at the last minute) at a 700 bed, level 2 trauma center hospital. And just because I'm slightly sadistic, I've also recently decided that I'm too fat and unhealthy to best deal with having MS. Stands to reason that it would be easier to handle being weak and tired if there was less of my ass to haul around, yeah? Some where in my day I'm supposed to make time to exercise and plan healthy, low fat, low calorie, (low cholesterol for my DH) meals that will magically still taste good enough to get down the throats of the short people.
I know these are the same concerns of every parent at this time of year. I'm not special, and I feel better knowing my misery has company. So here's my question for the MSers dealing with all the usual back-to-school stress as me: How? Today I wake up and my neck is killing me. I don't want to drive my kids to school and go to the gym before I go to work. So how the hell am I gonna get any "healthier"? How am I gonna have enough spoons to do homework and laundry and dishes when I get home from 10 hours of hauling patients and searching peoples insides? All the magazines and blogs advise MSers to "not over do it," or "give yourself a break" when you have those fatigue-plagued days. "Ask for help," they say. All the help in the world (and I'm grateful to have a lot of support) doesn't make anyone else my children's mother.
What I really want to know is:
Where can I get more spoons?