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Ok mamas, tomorrow I have to go back to work and I am nervous. I have been on April vacation for a week, and I have FINALLY been starting to feel a little better. The problem is I have also had some REALLY bad days too.<br><br>
On Monday I took DD to the science museum and out to lunch with friends. A grand total of less than 4 hours and I had help. Afterwards I was sooo tired I fell asleep for nearly 3 hours and missed my Chiro. apt. I couldn't even leave the house Tuesday. In fact I sent DD to daycare with my DH even though I was off. Friday I worked all day at my summer job filling in for another mom, and then totally crashed when I got home. I had a fairly busy day customer wise, and ran the new moms group, but most of that is sitting. Yesterday I didn't feel up to leaving th house again. I did anyway, and rode 1 1/2 hours in the car to a grad party where I was totally waited on. Now today I am horribly ill again. I have slept most of the day and I can barely get food in my mouth.<br><br>
How am I going to teach like this? I work with REALLY disturbed children. Obviously I won't be restraining anybody, but I can't imagine how I will get through a school day without resting. Not to mention that 3000 calories a day I am supposed to eat and the gallon of water I am supposed to drink! My last PG was a singleton in a regular classroom, and when I developed GD in the third trimester it was about the same time of the year as now. That was hard, but nothing compared to this twin PG!<br><br>
Sorry to complain for so long. I am really nervous. Thanks for listening.
 

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I soooo can relate to how you feel! I teach 4th grade (regular ed) but I get so tired by lunch and just want a nap! The office is about sick of me, because I call them to cover me so I can pee. I used to teach in a level 5 school for really disturbed children up to age 21. It was so hard I only lasted a year. I don't know how you do it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup">
 

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Oh mama, I really empathize with you! I work in my home three days a week looking after a single child (plus my own two) and that tuckers me out. I can't even imagine how tiring your work situation is.<br><br>
I also want to say that I really appreciate teachers who care for children with special needs of any kind. You must be an incredible person! Thank you for doing what you do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat">
 

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Hugs to you, Mama!!! Will you be teaching this summer of is the year alomst over for you? I am sending you lots of energy vibes!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust"> And like pp said - thank you for teaching such special children - that takes a special person!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Ok, so today was not as bad as I was dreading.....<br>
First of all EVERY one of my students missed their bus this morning. They all trickled in about 45 minutes late. Then I was a signed an extra helper for the day and she cleared out ALL of my back paper work and did my filing. Then We decided to transfer my only girl back to her old classroom because her homelife is about to be turned upside down and there are going to be major fireworks. Her case worker doesn't like that I am so big and wouldn't be able to handle her. ohhhhh too bad. SO I had a slow start, a small class, and extra helper, and I am dropping down to 6 students. Thanks for all the <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust"> ! You ladies really know how to work it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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It's funny how, often, things aren't as bad as anticipated. I'm happy to hear that this was the case for you! How was today?
 

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Just curious,do you work with behaviorally challenged/autistic/mentally retarded children?Could you request another helper or for a parent to help during this time?I can not imagine having to work while pregnant.I have a dd with cerebral palsy and she has many bahavioral issues and she is more then enough for me to handle!
 

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Today was pretty good too. It's funny but my worst ADHD kid is going on meds as of Friday, my biggest instigator is leaving me Friday, and my neediest child is out until Friday. To anwer PP's question, I work in a public school, but we only take in students classified as Severly Emotionally Disturbed. This diagnosis covers a wide range of childhood mental illnesses, (one of my kids is paranoid schizophrenic) Post traumatic stress disorder, and ADD/ADHD with learning disabilities. I also have a child with global language delays on top his other mental health issues. It's an interesting group of young people, and a nice change from my years as a regular education teacher with 26 kids and no help in the room. At least in this setting I have a full time helper and anyone else they can throw my way. Not that it's a picnic this week, but I have to say I ws really thinking it would be tougher. I really must be feeling better.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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So glad to hear the week started out better than you thought! Make sure to listen to your body and ask for what you need. I know it is sometimes difficult to get it in the public school system, as both of my parents are teachers, but it doesn't hurt to ask. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Sending you energy vibes!!
 
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