A mother of three is being treated for exhaustion as the school year ends.
Our Daily Fail undercover reporter (posing as a stressed father with Man Flu) managed to obtain a copy of the hospital admissions form containing Mrs Prabulous's own reasons for seeking help. It makes for sorry reading. Amongst her sins were:
- failing to RSVP to birthday party invites
- telling her five year-old there were no more spaces at an after-school activity because she "couldn't bear to spend one more minute in the blooming car to get there"
- not checking homework folders since May (April)
- hardly ever remembering '"that damned library book".
Even worse, the pint-sized British Asian mother who now lives in Malta
admitted that her biggest crime of the school year was feeling actual relief when her eldest went down with a suspected case of chicken pox forcing the whole family to miss a school event. She confessed:
"I nearly did a jig in the middle of the lounge upon realising that I was off the hook having to make entire trays of tandoori chicken for the British table at the biggest event of the school year. Wrong. Attitude."
A senior consultant who specialises in treating Syndrome of The Underachieving Chronically Knackered Yelling Mother (SUCKY Mother) confirmed that this is not an isolated case and that the clinic has seen a sharp rise in this sort of case over the last few weeks. "It's not unusual for stressed out mothers to be admitted complaining of lunch box boredom, school project frustration, PTA exhaustion and utter dread over 'that stupid new maths long division method'. However, if I'm honest, this is the most severe case we've treated so far."
Our reporter discovered that Mrs Prabulous is not just suffering from run of the mill fatigue. Upon closer analysis, doctors noticed serious symptoms of general disorganisation and apathy. When interviewed upon her arrival, she revealed she:
- has considered giving her kids a packet of crackers and a jar of nutella between them and "just letting them fight it out in the playground" as she was tired of coming up with lunches that all three would finish.
- was the last parent to pay for end of year teachers' gifts
- resorted to using her five year-old's Hello Kitty markers to write the children's names on clothing as she never got round to ordering name labels. Ever.
- got term dates wrong once, causing her kids to miss the first two days of school.
Parents at her children's school have been shocked by the developments. "We always knew she wasn't the most organised or involved of mothers but this is a shock," said one who did not wish to be named.
The Daily Fail's special investigations unit has learned that the clinic was full of mothers repeatedly asking "Is it wine o'frickinclock yet?", clutching crumpled unsigned class trip forms and muttering something about waiting for the bell to ring on the last day of term and collapsing at the finish line.
Since our undercover visit, doctors have identified the condition suffered by Mrs Prabulous.
It is called Sheer Relief.
It is often replaced by another disorder 48 hours later:
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