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When Autumn Comes: Seasons of Hope for Medical + Disability Moms

Sep 27, 2023

You’ve heard it before…medical parenting is not for the faint of heart, medical parenting is a roller coaster. With hospitalizations come tests, and fear, and pain. After discharge, the family processes everything that just happened, the “new normal”. For some, this happens frequently. How do you manage the in-between hospital time, waiting for the next medical change?

Today, we meet Katrina. Katrina is a mom of three children, one of whom has medical complexities. Katrina shares with us what it looks like to manage her youngest child’s medical complexities, while also parenting two teenagers. We discuss the ups and downs of repeat hospitalizations. We talk about how we all manage the trauma that comes from watching your child experience medical changes, tests, and treatments differently. While some struggle during the hospitalization, others crash once they are home, or in the anxiety of waiting for the other shoe to drop. 

“Every time you come home, you have to adapt again, and adapt again, and adapt again.” -Katrina

Here are the details from Katrina and Susan’s chat:

  • Introducing Katrina

  • Connecting

  • Ellie

  • Hospital Milestones

  • Handling the re-admit

  • The crash

  • Recovery

  • Advice

Medical motherhood is often filled with hills and valleys, which are often unpredictable. I hope that Katrina has given you a glimmer of hope when you are deep in a valley. Do you have questions for Katrina or advice for navigating this journey?  Let me know in the When Autumn Comes Society or send me a DM on Instagram! I'd love to hear about how this helped you.

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