Nice to have you here with us. Sorry that you are having a hard time right now. You are going through about the same things I am and we are just about the same age (I am 33). My doctor has not put me on anything but Plaquenil and Mobic (an anti-inflammatory). He keeps telling me to "hang in there" and it will get better in a month or two. I have been sick for about two years, diagnosed four months ago. I have been on medications since I got diangosed and I feel like every week I have a new symptom, despite the meds. I understand that it is frustrating. I am glad that you had such good results so quickly with the prednisone.
I also have two kids and work full time in an office as a paralegal. I wear soft hand/wrist braces and sometimes even gloves (because I also have Reynaud's) so that I can try to get as much work done as possible in a day. Some days are better than others. I have really had to learn, both at the office and at home, that some days I am just not going to get as much done as I want. I try to put the most important things up first (like feeding the kids and bathing) and that way the less important things, if they don't get done, the world doesn't end. And I have really learned to swallow my pride and ask for help. I have a wonderful neighbor and friend who helps out with the laundry and other things when I just can't do it. My husband is in the Navy and frequently out of town. Also, start thinking of fun ways that your older children can "help". I'll bet you'll be surprised.
I live in southern california, and the sun is a constant issue. My kids love to be outside, one was born here and one in Nevada, so they love the sun and the outdoors. I have gotten to the point where I always have an umbrella, a big hat and sunglasses accessible. If my kids want to go outside, I go, sit on a blanket with sunblock on, my sunglasses and hat and my umbrella up and close to me, so I am covered. I also limit my time to 30 or 45 minutes at the max. My kids have learned to adapt.
Okay, I'll stop rambling now. What part of Washington are you in? Your screen name is the name of the native american tribe that is right near my home town that I lived in from age 5 to 21.
Let me know if you want to chat more.
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