Chronically ill and parenting: balancing everyone’s needs
One of the things I struggle most with, and why I was interested to join this community and see if others had similar challenges, is balancing the needs of my children with those of my chronically ill husband.
He was diagnosed in late 2019 and then the pandemic hit, so we’ve been figuring it all out at the same time. He is at high risk for COVID, which could worsen his disease even if it’s a “mild” case. I imagine many of you here have similar risks. So our household has stayed locked down essentially the same way we have since March 2020.
As it is becoming clear COVID is a long term risk, we are starting to discuss what this means for our family life. Nearly every day I fret over my children’s lack of play dates, of our decision to homeschool, of how we haven’t seen family in person, of how many adventures out in the world we aren’t taking. And yet, the risks to my husband’s health are real and aren’t going away. This moral calculus of whose needs get priority is exhausting. Can anyone here relate? Does anyone have another perspective to share? #GeneralParenting #ChronicIllness #Parenting