It’s been an emotional week but each day had a bit of a reminder of how thankful I should be for the many blessings in my life.
Tuesday morning went a bit smoother than Monday’s but the bus was still without an aide. I figured it was a blessing in disguise because then I could meet the substitute (Mrs. L had taken the day off.) and let her know she was able to call me should any trouble arise. When we got to school Mrs. P (The other teacher who used to be in Alyssa’s class) and a new woman were at the top of the drop-off hill. I introduced myself, let her know what was going on, and knelt down to tell Alyssa bye. I was standing there a bit apprehensive because the substitute’s demeanor wasn’t nearly as warm as the rest of the people I had encountered at her school. It wasn’t that she was rude…not at all!… just not as “bright and shiney” to quote Grey’s Anatomy! Ha! Well, Mrs. P could sense I was a bit tense and said something to the effect of “Don’t worry, she’ll be OK.” I nodded and said goodbye to Alyssa. The whole time she was at school I worked on catching up on some sewing but just felt “meh” about the whole situation. Neil actually got home before the bus for the first time and he and I were talking about it. Well, much to my surprise and relief there was a note in Alyssa’s backpack from Mrs. P saying that she had pulled Alyssa into her class for the day. How awesome is that? She made more work for herself to make my daughter as comfortable/safe as possible. Seriously? Great teachers are the greatest gift anyone could ask for.
Wednesday morning … was not as smooth as Tuesday! Ha! The bus had an aide but the morning was so hectic I wound up calling and telling him not to come so that we had more time to get out the door. It actually worked out well because we were ready in time and got to take Cait to school as well. Alyssa loves when Cait rides with us! When we got to Alyssa’s school Mrs. L was back! Yay! I thanked Mrs. P again for her kindness the day before. It’s so funny to me because I don’t pause for a moment leaving Alyssa with Mrs. L. I know she’s in great hands and my mood for the day is just boosted by the way she relates to the kids. Couple that with the fact that before the teachers even came up a couple of the kids were being abso-freaking-lutely adorable… well it just sets your day off on the right foot. Alyssa was a little more sleepy at school (combo of new meds and sick) and has taken to banging her head even at school (she’s been doing it at home for a while). Overall though she is still participating and happy!
Thursday was a bit … rough. Don’t get me wrong, I got a lot accomplished. I am actually almost caught up on customs orders which is always relieving. However, Alyssa was just whiney Wednesday afternoon and then came home Thursday afternoon sleepy and just not her usual excited self. Although, it did enable me to get a great pic of her piggy hat that screams “Really? You are going to put a picture of me wearing this on the internet? Really?”
oooor as her Grandma Donna said on Facebook “Hey, my teacher never told me that I would have to wear this thing….I would never have colored it if I knew this….LMAO” HAHAH! Either way? The face is priceless. After snapping the pic I put her down for a nap because we were going to head out to dinner with Neil’s parents. Well, she didn’t sleep long and she woke up in a MOOOOOD. I was done. I came up to the room frustrated, overwhelmed, and just emotional about the fact her moods seemed affected by the new meds. I plopped down with her and opened the laptop … to find an e-mail from Mrs. L that completely turned my mood around. It amazes me that someone who I admire so much… admires me as well. Her kind words just kind of regrouped the day and reminded me that this shift in her energy level/moods is most probably not permanent! It was the exact thing I needed to read at the exact moment I needed to read it. Dinner wound up being a great time full of great laughs. Alyssa even excitedly chewed on a Slim Jim and drank from her little honey cup. She was in much better spirits out of the house!
So we wrapped up her first week of school on the new meds without much drama. I’m hopeful that if we can get her to shake the remainder of her cold over the weekend that next week will go even more smoothly. I can’t believe she already only has a few weeks left until summer vacation! Hopefully she’ll start next year off with a seizure free status and climb higher than we could ever imagine. 🙂 I’m so proud of how far she’s come already! I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes in her first full year of school! … but that’s getting ahead of myself! LOL!