Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A sick Child, oh dear

OK so Monday I went to school to see the short kid and do a reading group. The kiddo wasn't feeling her best. That afternoon she gets home from school, the plan to go to speech then go to the doctor. Well, she couldn't do the speech work she felt so bad and she just laid in my lap at the doctor once we got into the exam room.

The nurse did a strep culture, which thank heavens was negative. The doctor told me to alternate tylenol and ibuprofen which wasn't started until last night because the one bottle they had of the children's was damaged. So yesterday all day she ran a fever with just the tylenol, I sent her father after work to get the ibuprofen which we started that afternoon. The kid got one dose of it and then none of the other as she went to bed about two hours before the next scheduled dose. 

This morning first thing she got Ibuprofen which means it Tylenol at 11a.m. and Ibuprofen again at 3pm. Tylenol at 7pm. which is bedtime. If she gets up in the night I'll give her another dose of the other. 

She is hyper, talking her head off and eating. To get her to drink I had dad go ahead and pick up the little pumpkin cup she wanted so badly but was told to wait because we weren't buying Halloween stuff yet. It doesn't close the straw stays open and there is no cap for it so it can't go to school but I can ask them to take her to the water fountain regularly so that she stays hydrated since she is sick or rather will have been sick by the time she gets back to school. 

At the moment she is working on tearing up my external storage by kicking it in her excitement for the computer so I have to go for now.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A visit to the School

I will be making a visit to the school today. No there is not a problem at the moment, I will be there to do the Accelerated Reading program with the baby. Her and one other child from her class, I think. I will be learning what I am doing today. This is going to be interesting, twice a week I will be at the school. She has had time to settle in without me and now it's time to interrupt her day a little bit. 

She's in a bit of trouble this week so we thought that taking her out of P.E. for a while a couple days might make it better. It's a long story, and we're working to correct it. While I never put anything past her I'm not sure she knows what she did and if she had an aid with her it would not have happened. This is a fact that I have no doubt about. Today will give me a chance hopefully to see the gym setup because I do not think that it is an environment that is going to work for her. 

Well, I had the visit to the school, the little girl that the teacher put with Theresa is the cutest, sweetest little thing. She's never met a stranger, talkative as can be and kept trying to help Theresa which was too cute. When I got there they were standing outside the gym while the rest of the class went in and the little girl had her arm around Theresa who was holding the stuffed Clifford from the classroom. 

While I was there I found out that Theresa had not bothered to eat all day, only drink. The teacher thought she had a sore throat, I thought she felt warm but she had just been outside. The teacher had thought she felt warm too, but we didn't think she was warm enough to have a fever. Well she fell asleep on me, but when it was time to get up the little girl with her volunteer to help get her up. She also volunteered to help her at the water fountain and in the bathroom to make sure that she was OK. Kids today are smart and sweet. 

The little girl with Theresa has the prettiest name, and wouldn't you know I can't spell it. Of course it is almost 5 am and Theresa is asking for starfall. She's out of school until Friday, doctors orders. She had 100.8 by the time we got there and she isn't looking like she feels well at all. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

School is Going Well So Far

Well, it's Friday which means the first week of school is coming to an end. So far so good, only a few bumps in the road.

The past four days my little angel has come home from school dry. Despite being on a schedule to go every hour at the school she still refuses to use the bathrooms there. What ends up happening is that she holds it eight to nine hours at a time just to end up having an accident because she cannot hold it any longer and won't go in the potty. Either way after trying to potty train for over three years now with every bit of progress ending up lost resulting in having to start completely over. 

At one point we had to start over with her learning to pull her own pants up and down. She has used the potty a handful of times in the last few years those were victories. Now we are attempting to get her to use the potty when she needs to, and express the need to go so she can ask to be excused in class.

I am told (through email updates from the teacher) that she is adjusting well. She has only gotten in trouble once for blurting things out during gym class and just like everyone else that breaks the rules she did not get to go to recess that day. (Since we started with so few words, the blurting out in class is a victory.) The next day she really tried and the coach could tell that she was trying so she got to go to recess. She adores playgrounds and gets to go to them so little.

The baby gets up in the mornings now and gets dressed right before going to to learn something before she goes to school. This also makes it easier for me to fix her hair since she is less likely to flop around. Well, as far as the rest goes her conduct grade was "S" for satisfactory. I am pleased with that.

She also did the "1, 2, 3" that her teacher uses to get the kids up and out the door independently. 1 = stand up, 2 = push your chair under, 3 = line up. The children get to pick who goes after them on the Smart board at the front of the room, Theresa picked a friend without prompting and seemed to be pleased with her choice. The special education teacher says that Theresa has done everything they have asked her to. So far everyone is pleased and pleasantly surprised. 

Maybe the choice to let her go without an aide was the right one after all. We'll see as time goes on. Right now I'm still adjusting to her being gone so long at one time and having all day to work while I clean up. 

At the moment I hope payday is today and that the money transfers in time for me to be able to do the laundry and finish paying the bills before Monday. I think she has one more uniform to get her by if it happens to end up being Monday before I can do laundry. Transfers can take a while, the later in the day the transfer is made the more likely it is to be Monday before I have my money.

Monday, August 20, 2012

First Day Of Kindergarten

OK it is the first day of Kindergarten, funny you wouldn't think it was such a big deal considering the baby started school at three. I sent her with her little back pack (not so little for her size) full of school supplies. She even had money to buy ice cream, her lunch application was temporarily approved. This is a good thing, I didn't find out for sure until after I had put her on the bus so she left with money for breakfast and lunch (they should check).

I have no idea what to do today. I have some research for a short article that I have due this week that needs a bit more detail. I have the research so far in front of me, but I can't seem to put it together, I am drawing a blank on forming sentences. I did manage to work on my book before school this morning. I'll be handwriting on it during lunch since my mind is a blank and I don't want to turn it into something horrific because I cannot focus.

I started to write an article this morning, and I managed to lose it. ... I do hope my baby is doing OK at her new school. Oh I guess I'll pick more toys up off the floor and turn the computer off for a while.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Overwhelmed at Life

Yes, I am overwhelmed at life at the moment. That little blonde kid, the one I was determined to keep with me until she stared school? She's been in school two and a half years already. She's just now beginning Kindergarten.

We are starting the year with only the school's OT services. I'm tired, and her days are longer now. We're beginning with a new private ABA, that is rearranging the scheduling to see where the kid fits. She stays late to avoid working Friday's and spending money on the outrageous gas prices as travels in from out of state to provide services.

Speech we're in the process of rearranging that. Tuesday's those moved to 5:30 in the afternoon each week. Wednesday's moved to 5 p.m. every other week. The Wednesday spot I believe it is, a temporary one.

And I lost my thought since I stared this so I'm just gonna go. It's all a lot to adjust.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

One More Year

In another month, September 26th actually I will have the 6th wedding anniversary of my third marriage. I've been married three times, add them all up and I've been married over twelve years. Let's not add them up, I've still been divorced from my first husband longer than I've been married with all three combined.

Anyway, a year ago I was getting ready to figure out how to pay for a divorce. Now we have decided to give it another year. It would seem that without the interference of my in-laws we get along a bit better. There is no more arguing over the intentional hateful things that they do in order to try and butt in and take over. About eight months ago they did something to prove that I was right about them all along, and things in my marriage slowly got better. Well, it's improving.

We're getting alone better than we have in a long time, and have decided to give it one more year. A year spent working on getting back to where we once were. Only time will tell if it's gonna work but so far we've off to an alright start.