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I am finding all this emotionally distressing. It’s so hard to deal with. I really need to find someone to talk to that understands what I am going through.
While Lewis is having his nap, I call a support service and speak for a long time with a really helpful young lady called Nikki. She tells me there are other grandparents like me and that this situation, unfortunately, is not so uncommon. She also offered me details of some places I can go to get help for things like food, clothes, financial counseling, support groups, etc. She even offered to email all of the details and follow up with a call to me in a week or two to see how I was getting on.
I was over the moon to be getting some sort of support, even if it was just to keep our heads above water. This is what you expect from an agency. It felt so good to be listened to and get good advice.