I have been dreaming about it for four and a half years!
Last week, my youngest son started pre-primary schooling!! All four kids are now in full-time school!!! In the same location!! At the same time (between 8:30am and 3:10pm!)
The idea of five days a week without having to hear “But Mu-u-u-m!!”, or “So-and-so took my toys” or “I’m hungry!” has felt like a distant dream…until last Monday.
While a massive part of me wanted to kick my heel together and skip out the school gates, there was a small bit of worry lurking in the depths of my stomach as well.
Cameron was at daycare for around two years. The staff all had training from the CF Association for his cystic fibrosis,. They worked very closely with me for his meals in regards to his special diet. They worked breathing exercises into their daily programs so Cam could do his physio, without being obvious to other kids. I also wrote out medical forms every day to specify how many tablets he had to have, and when.
This was the cause of my worry about starting school.
The CF Association came to town a few days before school started and did a presentation to the school staff. I was present to make the information more personalised to Cameron’s needs. The staff seem to be switched on and are welcome to approach me with any questions (which they already have- just to clarify they are doing it correctly) Cameron takes his medication in his lunch box, and administers himself. I leave a note in different sections of his lunch box to let him (and the staff) know how many tablets to take for morning tea, lunch…etc..
Let me clarify right here….I am a control freak! This loss of control over knowing how many tablets he is taking…especially IF he is actually taking them just about has me starting the bad habit of nail-biting.
I trust Cam will take them. I trust that he will not start eating his meals without having his tablets. But there is still this niggling worry that something will go wrong somewhere.
At daycare, it was all written out for the staff. They stood over him and watched him have his tablets (he still administered himself, I believe). All staff in the building had CF training, whether they worked in his room or elsewhere….everyone KNEW Cam’s needs and their importance.
My biggest concern is that the teachers, aides (etc.)….but especially relief teachers…will miss the significance. The importance.
One part of my brain is trying to soothe me, saying “It will be ok. Other CF kids go to school!”….but another part of my brain is replying “But this is MY child!!! If they screw up…even just a little…it could mean pain!”
Cameron is absolutely LOVING school. In terms of medication at school….so far, so good!
He missed out on the last three days from the first week of school due to a medical check-up in Perth (another story in itself) but he is keen to return next week.
He is so eager to be a “big boy”. I’m eager to have “quiet child-free time”!! This is what is slowly calming my worries!
Everyone says “You wont know what to do with yourself now that they are all at school.”
Trust me…I know EXACTLY what I am going to be doing! I have a massive stack of books to read. I have a mound of paperwork I have been pushing aside due to lack of energy and concentration. I have friends who I have been neglecting. I have a giant pile of coffee pods to drink. I have many tv shows recorded.
I will be fine!
How was your first day of school?