Tyler is a rough and tumble, energetic, typical four-year-old boy. It seems like he is always running around or jumping up and down. Sometimes, by accident he will run into me, or he will spontaneously decide to jump on me affectionately; maybe hurting my arm, shoulder or chest.
In the chronically ill mom, this can be quite painful. Especially with my Fibromyalgia, one bump into my arm could start my WHOLE body hurting.
Grant and I keep trying to work with Tyler on this. We tell him that he cannot jump on Mommy whenever he wants to. I don’t really like to emphasize my illnesses, so we tell him that he cannot just jump on any girl or woman, that we are more delicate than boys or men. (Feminists, give me a break, what else would you have me say?)
I know as he gets older, he will get calmer and watching out for Mommy will come naturally. In the meantime I am willing to take the pain in exchange for the cuddles and kisses, while I still can!
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Emily Cullen is a pen-name.
I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system.
I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills.
In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.