Cyber Monday Meltdowns

Latest meltdowns:

Tommy can’t walk. He has the red bumps on his legs again and writhes in pain. (To see that crisis, click Advil doesn’t help. I’m not a doctor but I really think he has an infection in his body and needs IV antibiotics to get rid of it. We’ve already been to the ER once with this and they were useless. Nothing makes me lose it faster than when I feel out of control to be able to help my kids. When they are in pain, I lose it that much faster. He needed to get downstairs but couldn’t walk. I called for Nico or Leo to come up and get him. They were two floors below and either couldn’t hear me or thought I was exaggerating. I tried carrying him myself but ended up making it worse because when I was trying to get through the door, I scraped his arm. Yelling doesn’t really describe what I did after that.

I was heard asking Leo if we could quit it all and move to St. Thomas where he could run a deep-sea fishing tour thing and I could braid hair on a beach. We could live the simple life in a little hut with indoor plumbing. I’ll homeschool the kids. I can do it. I’m sure I can. After dealing with Nico and some of his homework, I can manage everything but science and math (I can go up to Algebra and all the “ology” classes). We can get off this hamster wheel and start enjoying life.

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Please enjoy this funny video of meltdowns by fellow author: Christa from C’mon, admit it, we’ve all been there. Oh and on a side note, I had a mini-meltdown just now since my link button isn’t working. :(


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  1. Oh AnnMarie, what a nightmare! Especially at this time of year when everything is crazy enough already!! I am so sorry. :( I really hope y’all get some answers soon.-Ashley

  2. I think moving to St. Thomas sounds like a great idea! Can I come? I hope things calm down for you soon!

    And how funny is that video?
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  3. I’m totally with you on wanting to run away to an island somewhere and have a simpler life. Let’s go. Now.
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  4. I’m so sorry to hear about Tommy! Ugh, there’s nothing worse than worrying about one of your children. Your island escape would fit in perfectly with my writing prompt this week…we’re writing about escaping this cold weather! Thanks for sharing my video! :) ~Ginny, aka Christa
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    • I’m going to go check out that prompt. Thanks for letting me share your video. Your daughter is so adorable. I love that “I’m about to have a meltdown face.”.

  5. I think an island is a great idea…toes in the sand!
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  6. St. Thomas sounds like a great idea. I’m so sorry Tommy is in such pain. Please keep us posted and good health vibes to ALL.
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    • I took him in yesterday. They put him on steroids to relieve it now but we can’t keep doing it because steroids aren’t good for kids with CF. I’m hoping this time tomorrow, he’s back to normal.

  7. OH hun I hope they figure it out for you and for him. Nothing is more irritating than calling for help and no one helping… grrrr.
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  8. Oh bless your heart honey!!!!! i love the idea of you guys moving far away and you braiding hair and homeschooling!! After the year you have had- I back up that plan 100%!!!

    Any updates? How is he? Oh, how I could picture you trying to carry poor Tommy!!! And the screaming for help…. and the most undeniably justified MELTDOWN that had to have happened at some point during this latest crisis!!

    I can’t stop thinking about you- praying you are okay, and you are standing in STRENGTH for your children. You ARE equipped. Remember that!!!

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  9. Aww, I hope your little one gets relief soon. It’s awful seeing them sick/in pain. The way you talk about the island though, I may just be your next door neighbor! Sounds wonderful!
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  10. Oh AnnMarie, I am sorry you are dealing with this. Hugs to you my friend! Keep us posted. Wish I lived closer so I could help you out. If you convince Leo to move to an island, I’m coming to visit.
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  11. Gah! Babe, I’m sorry. Tis the season for meltdowns?? I know, it sucks. Praying, and hey–you’re right, this is most definitely the perfect time for your book!
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  12. Its such as you learn my thoughts!

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