I thought I should probably do a quick post on where I've been and what I've been doing lately, since I haven't been on my blog much for a while. I'm a pretty private person when it comes to my family/personal life, but I think this may be a good thing to share with all of you. Perhaps some of you are in the same boat. For those of you that have followed me for a while you probably already know I launched my online beauty boutique--BeautyPopShop--early this year. That has been A LOT of work. Not only do I design all of the nail polish racks and beauty shelves we sell, but I take care of a great deal of the business operations/customer service.
And while that's definitely kept me insanely busy, that's actually not all of what's really consumed my life for most of the last year. I'm not going to get too in-depth, but here's a brief version of the story. Back in my March my oldest guy (who happens to be 6) had an appointment with the same neurologist that diagnosed one of my younger brothers way back when he was 3. We noticed some little red flags here and there with my son and given my personal and professional background, I supposed we knew a bit better what to watch and look for. Anyway, my son had his intake appointment and it was determined that he should have several different evaluations to determine a possible diagnosis along with a plan for services. Long story short, he has had some of his evaluations and we're fighting with our insurance to get them to cover the rest. We've paid for some things out of pocket, but some of the testing he needs would be thousands of dollars in one fail swoop and given all of the other expenses we're already paying for it wouldn't be doable.
My son is very high-functioning and while we don't know what he may be diagnosed with, we know from his OT eval that he fits the mold for Sensory Integration Disorder. While this is only a part of the underlying bits going on, it explains some of what we're seeing. My son is bright, engaging, social and sweet (though like any 6 year old he has his moments), but he struggles with being able to react appropriately to the stimulation he intakes. Again, this is just part of the picture, but it affects him and us just about every moment of every day.
Right now on top of working from home, homeschooling my older guy, doing my younger one's pre-k drive back and forth, and doing the usual mom stuff, I'm running all over the place to different specialists, therapies, making phone calls, etc. Some days I feel like I literally don't stop until 11 or 12 at night.
I'm actually thinking about starting a blog specifically about the experience we're going through with my son. Having experienced some of this as a sibling of a special needs child and then as a professional delivering services, I think it has prepared me to a small degree to go through some of this with my own son.
Anyway, I don't want to go too far into it, but I just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about my blog and I will try my best to blog whenever I can, but there's a good reason I can't devote nearly as much time to my blog as I normally have. Hopefully someday that will change again. We'll see.
I will, however, continue to devote as much of myself as I have from the start to BeautyPopShop.com. We are adding new products throughout the fall/holidays and doing a lot of fun things on our Facebook page, so come visit us ;)