As the primary caregiver of a child with chronic complex care (special needs SO doesn’t cover it) there are two kinds of travel that require extensive planning: travel WITH the child and travel WITHOUT the child.
The 10 day period beginning yesterday is the latter. I left my dear daughter at home with 2 of her brothers and her Dad. Extensive planning required!!!! Unfortunately I take care of my own needs last. So here I am 1200 miles from home and I’m missing a couple of things. Jacket, blow dryer, booklight. I do not want to buy any of these, so I am doing without. No big thing, but it does point out that I could be a bit more attentive to my own needs. If I had the time.
Getting ready to leave Little Miss behind was a bit more complex. The freezer in the garage is filled to the brim with the food she gets via g-tube 4 times a day. Her clothes are all clean and arranged by outfit in her drawers. There are 6 laminated sheets detailing instructions for everything from daily schedule to recommendations for resolving difficulties. After all, it really is okay if she goes to school in her jammies.
However, I didn’t leave a schedule of the 10 days! So I have to call home and remind everyone that next Wednesday is a half-day at school! I can’t possibly remember everything and that is okay. I do not have to be perfect, just consistently adequate! (If every parent were consistenly adequate, the world would be a different place!)
I’m enjoying my time away. And I’ll be thrilled to see everyone when I get back home! Can’t ask for more than that.