How do you cope with work/family?

I was diagnosed with Vasovagal Syncope almost 6 years ago, when I was pregnant. The doctors didn't want to give me any medication as they weren't sure how it would affect my baby, so I spent my entire pregnancy in bed as everytime I stood up I fainted.

It seemed to dissapear for nearly three years and I had no problems, but it came back out of nowhere. I went to see my GP however, he told me that he didn't believe medication would help so wouldn't send me to a specialist. I've managed to control it by wearing very high compression thigh stockings every day .... they look lovely! In the winter I don't really have a problem but everytime it gets to mid-spring and especially summer, it's really bad - even with the stockings. I drink lots of energy drinks when I feel the need (as well as regular water), I have a very good diet and keep a mini fan and cooling spray with me all the time.

I haven't been able to work as I can't do much in the summer or when the weather is warm. I find it really hard to play with my daughter during the warm days too. I'm a single mum and I find, when I ask my parents for help on bad days they always seem to think I'm putting it on. I haven't had help the past year as no one seems to believe I feel as bad as I say.

I'm just wondering how you cope with work and family? I moved back with my parents for the past few years as I couldn't handle being on my own with my daughter when I was having so many bad days. However, my relationship with my parents is not good anymore so I have no choice but to move out. I'm worried about how I can look after my daughter and work on my own with VVS. How do you do it?

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