Wednesday, August 17, 2011

First Day Success, Second Day Disaster

At first I was excited to share that my new kindergartener started his school year with an excellent first day of school! He has severe eczema, and I knew it would be an issue. Because of this, we prepared him his "care kit" to take to school.
He wasn't even excited about starting school until we bought his new backpack and the items for his care kit. Most loved items in the care kit are his moisturizer and Aquaphor. These are things he can't go through a single day without, so he was super excited that we bought the smaller versions for his care kit so he could take them to school with him.First day of school was a BIG SUCCESS! He didn't scratch the WHOLE day, and he didn't even have to open his care kit at all. I was beyond surprised. I was shocked. He has never gone that long without applying his cream or his Aquaphor.

I know it must have been really difficult for him not to scratch for that long. I think he was worried about what the kids would say or think, and he was occupied with new activities (which is absolutely fabulous), and just the overall new experience.

Second day of school...Not so good. In fact, it was a disaster. They informed me that he couldn't have his care kit with him. We were told I had to take the kit home, and we needed a doctor's note (even though it's not a prescription or any medication at all). So I reluctantly took the care kit home with me, and I knew that it was going to be a bad day.

Sure enough, the school called me a a few hours later. He had a flare-up. And I guessed why. It was probably from recess, going outside in the heat; I was right. The heat caused a flare-up, and after recess he couldn't stop scratching. What made it worse was that he had no moisturizer or Aquaphor to soothe his skin. He was sent to the office, and I was called. I was pleading my case with the school secretaries, principal, and the school nurse. The school nurse still said I needed a doctor's note for the lotion. A prescription for lotion! Can you believe that??? I can understand the doctor's note for his other medications (his medicated ointments, his epi-pen, his inhaler), but lotion??? The flare-up would have never been so bad if he had had his cream and Aquaphor with him. He would've calmed down and not scratched as much (he still would've scratched, don't get me wrong, but not as badly).

No matter how ridiculous, I complied. The dermatologist's office thought it was ridiculous too. But - whatever it takes to get that care kit in the classroom, that's what we'll do. And now I wonder, if we switch moisturizers (because we use many), do I have to get a doctor's note for each one? What a pain that would be!

So now he went back to school for the third day. The doc's note is in the office, safe and sound, and his care kit is allowed to stay in the classroom with him. We'll see how it goes...

21 comments :

CVDESIGNS FL said...

That is horrible for a little boy to deal with. The school systems can be so frustrating. I had a similar experience and you have to be your son's best advocate (as I know you always are). Good luck.

bloomandbling said...

That is seriously laughable that they would make him have a doctor's note for the lotion!!! I mean, I'm sure that when girls bring purses to school they don't go through it and make sure there's no lotion in it....or even deodorant etc. for after gym class. I would have a huge problem with this school b/c I don't know when to shut my mouth when my kids are involved lol

I'm glad you got it all sorted, but I'm sorry you had to deal with all of this. More sorry that your poor son had to suffer b/c of their stupidity.

Crimson Hill Soaps and Scents said...

Aww poor baby! I feel for you. My daughter has very sensitive skin and that is why I got into making natural soap and body products. Using my products has GREATLY helped my daughter. You might consider trying natural soaps and body cremes to soothe the skin. I can make my creme scent/dye free:)

Kala said...

That is just too ridiculous for words. So sorry that your son had to deal with that. Often, I wish people would forget rules and regulations and see each issue on its own to determine the best solution for the child. Aargh:)

MaryN said...

So sorry your son had to go through that...
good thing he has you for a mom to look out for him! :)

Hope he had a terrific third day!

Bella the Bead said...

Oh my! That is so awful your son had to go thru that!! Hope his third day was wonderful!

CalliopeCreations said...

Poor little guy. Hope things have settled down by now.

delightfulprints said...

Aww, poor little guy! My son is a bug attractor. The Dr said it's his scent. Poor kid always looks like he has chicken pox every fall!

Romantic.Treasures said...

That is just awful - to make your son have to suffer like that. Hopefully the rest of the year will be a great one for him. You'll have to let us know how the third day went!
-RomanticThoughts

nangatesdesigns said...

Poor little guy! I hope it's all settled with the administration now and that things will be better for him from now on.

MoanasUniqueDesigns said...

Ah, poor little man. Dr's note for prescription lotion is understandable, but over the counter??? So sorry he had to endure that, I'm sure you were both traumatized. Glad everything got worked out.

CamillesCloset said...

Poor little guy. I agree my kids has asthma. I had to do the same thing every year to get an inhaler in the class room. So crazy.

Inessa said...

Poor baby! Rules are just so strange sometimes. Hopefully, everything works out for him.

I have a friend whose daughter had severe allergies and could not be outside in spring. All kinds would go outside during recess but the little girl stayed indoors all spring long.

Jessica of Verve! said...

That is awful! Your poor son! I don't understand the red tape at all! I hope it doesn't ruin school for the little guy!

ElfRenee said...

That is so ridiculous!

IsabellesAttic said...

wow I can't believe you had to get a Dr's note for lotion.

Melina and Denise said...

Oh, poor guy! And poor you! Denise has eczema too, and she would be bloody without her lotions and she has a epi -pen too. Weird.

It is so sad that everything has gotten so out of hand, with what you can and can't have in school. Glad he has his lotions now. And good for you for keeping you cool. That must have been hard in the face of stupidity.

-Melina

Sher said...

I hope he's feeling better today. These schools are so rediculous about everything now. When I was in school I always had a supply of aspirin, allergy meds, midol, whatever. Today's kids get suspended for less than that.

When my kids were little we'd bake and decorate cookies to share with the class for parties and birthdays. Today they aren't allowed to bring homebaked goods. Everything must be sealed in a wrapper.

Unbelievable!

Crystal said...

All the best with school being a success!

Isobel said...

Am so glad that my husband and I are way past having to deal with the teaching profession! They may be brilliant at teaching, but common sense? No way - and it's not just in your neck of the woods (am not sure where that is at this point), it's true in Canada (where ours spent their formative years) and in the UK as well.

Hope little one does cope - it's a hard intro to the hard truths of life in the "real" world.

Give him an extra kiss (hugs are probably a bit uncomfortable for the poor little chap at the moment from me!

Julee said...

So many silly rules and regulations in today's world. I"m glad day three got it all handled. Good for you for taking it all the way to find a resolution!