Having A Hard Time Getting Into A Routine

Last Update: August 11, 2015




I know it's only been a few days since I've had the internet up and running again, but I am finding it hard to get back into a routine.

When I was in Iowa and living alone, it was easy to work at my desk from 8AM to 5PM and before and after those times in my chair.

Here in Texas, I am now living with my sister, ex-husband, and nephew who requires 24/7 care. During the day, it's just the ex and me taking care of him. I have to get up at 3AM to turn him and tend to his IV, back to bed, then up again at 5 for the day.

Some days, I am very sleepy, as I am today. I have articles to write for other people, but just can't seem to focus today.

I find myself sitting down to write and am constantly needing to do something for Dylan, whether that be feeding, suctioning, meds, IV flushes, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy. Maybe this will even out after a few weeks and we all get into a better routine.

I'm just feeling a bit frustrated right now, and feel as if my business is suffering. UGH.

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TanjaRita Premium
Jean that seems really tough. I think you may have to wait a bit more for everyone to get settled in to a routine. As Quincy mentioned, perhaps you can her someone to take one of the shifts for you.

Start small. Even if you can allot an hour a day to start and then keep increasing it as much as you can. If you know you have one hour and you accomplish something every day during that hour it may help to bring your motivation up.

Good luck with everything!
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JeanL Premium
Thanks, Tanja.
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dickw Premium
Hi Jean,
Quincy has good points. You simply have to make it clear that you need more rest. If you wear yourself out you are no good to anybody. That 3am stuff has got to go, because after that you are not really getting back to restful sleep. My best, Dick
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JeanL Premium
It's kind of hard to get rid of the 3AM thing. He needs to be turned and IV flushed. My sister works and the ex stays up till 1AM with him. When the antibiotics are done, we may be able to skip it or trade off turning.
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Martstervt Premium
It will come together,then a glitch and back together..................At least that how it seems for me...................Best wishes Marty::))
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JeanL Premium
Thanks, Marty. That is true. We are finding things that are not working as well as other things. It's all trial and error.
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Prestones Premium
Love the cartoon Jean.

But looking at my profile picture, you may have guessed as much!

Dennis

... and all the best for everyone as you establish new routines!
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JeanL Premium
Thank you, Dennis.
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Quincy17677 Premium
I can understand your feeling of frustration. It must be a very difficult situation for everyone. Maybe it would be possible to arrange one of the early morning wake up times for you to be handled by someone else so that at least you would only have to wake up once and thus would have a longer period of continuous rest. Also, maybe there is some period, even as short as an hour, during the day and evening when you can count on time to yourself. If you can find that time, schedule it with yourself so that you can focus at least a bit of time on what you need to get done for you. Bless you for all that you are doing.
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JeanL Premium
Thanks, Quincy.
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