I just apologized to my challenge team for not posting exercise for nearly a week. Now, I'm going to try and explain why I don't even know what kind of week I'm having.
First, let me explain a bit about my family. My daughter and her two children live with me, and have since I retired in 2006. She has had mental health issues (mixed bipolar and PTSD) as well as addiction (alcohol) for all of that time. In the beginning, we tried to just "fix" the alcohol (AA meetings, outpatient treatment for alcohol, etc.), but it was much bigger than that.
Recently, things have gotten really out of hand, and she has been in detox about once a month for quite a few months. She and I began looking for a longer term treatment facility months ago, but none of them seemed to work out for one reason or another. (Some were too expensive, some required that her children live there with her, some said she had to go off her psych meds, some had waiting lists a mile long...)
Last week, she went back to detox but it turned out she had taken too many of one of her anxiety meds (and we thought she was drinking.) She was too messed up to explain and ended up in detox anyway.
While there, she was approved for a half-day outpatient course two days a week. She went to that for one day and was approved for a full day, full week program for 90 days. One day into that the counselor found a 6-month program out of state, but she had to leave in less than 24 hours.
Providing transportation (even a bus ticket) isn't all that easy at the end of the month when you're retired, but we pulled it together and off she went (on a 20+ hour bus ride, no less.) When she got there, she found out she has to pay them $300 month (food and toiletries), which is OK, but the $80 immediately to finish March set off another flurry of activity. (The facility won't accept credit cards in someone else's name, calling that "enabling.")
Thank God the grandkids are on Spring Break! I don't think we could have managed any lessons (they're in a virtual charter school and I'm their learning coach) at all this week.
But, she's safe and says the classes and things are "good, actually" and we're settling down to a routine, so now I just have to figure out if my week has been bad or good.