Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Return of the Care Kit

With this being the third week of school, I thought I would give you all an update on the kindergarten situation. The entire first week of school (with the exception of the very first day) was pretty stressful. To read about the second day disaster, CLICK HERE.


On the third day, the care kit was permitted in the classroom. I took the Neosporin and the alcohol prep pads out (that has to be in the office, and I understand those having to be there). The school had received the fax from the dermatologist, and his moisturizing cream and aquaphor are allowed! By this time, though, my son was already hesitant to go to school. He was afraid the teacher hated him, and the kids wouldn't like him or want to play with him. I encouraged him to go, telling him that he would be just fine, and he would have his care kit in his cubby if he needed it. He reluctantly went to school, crying just a little bit when I left. I thought that he was going to make it through the day.

The Care Kit:
Aquaphor, Cetaphil cream, Band-Aids, tissue, sensitive skin wet wipes, alcohol-free hand sanitizer, aloe gel


However, I was called to the school again (once again, after recess time). When I arrived, I found him in the classroom doing somewhat all right, and the principal was sitting in with the class. She took me outside, and told m
e that after the office called home, she came to the classroom and sat with him, helped him with his care kit, and he began to do much better. She and I stayed in the classroom for the rest of the day. He did well - a little sad, and a whole lot itchy - but OK.

After that, the principal and I talked about his condition and how it related to his emotions. I let her know that I had mentioned it the day before - emotions can trigger a flare-up for a eczema. Taking away his care kit was a HUGE trigger, and it also caused anxiety for the third day of school. Going back to school (even with his care kit now allowed) would take him some time. If he had been
able to keep his care kit with him, I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened. We had been prepping him for school for months. She suggested that she would meet him before school the next day and sit in class with him for a little bit in an attempt to ease him back into the idea of school. She also offered some help from a teacher's aide that just so happened to be available for a few days. So that was the plan...And it's been working!

Thursday and Friday of the first week of school went much better, still a bit of a struggle, but I wasn't called to the school. He has a special bin above his cubby just for his care kit, and with the help of the teacher's aide he decorated it with lots of fun stickers.

Monday of the second week was the best day yet! The entire second week of school went smoothly (the teacher's aide happened to be available ALL week - HUGE help, and I can't thank her enough).

Now we're on week three. Yesterday was the last day with the teacher's aide. She has been assigned to another school. =( But, twice a week, I now volunteer in the classroom to help out. So far, it's going well. Success so far!!!

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12 comments :

Crimson Hill Soaps and Scents said...

YAY! So glad to hear it is going better. Poor little guy....

Linda B said...

Good to hear it's going better and the teachers are working with you.

Love the suncatcher too.

Go Etsy Frenay team!

Isobel said...

Well done carrying on in spite of the teachers! Glad the principal is at least caring: pity her underlings didn't appear to be. However, now the difference is visible, perhaps they might, just might, believe the parent, rather than believe they know everything!

Good luck: hope that you'll be able to ease up the volunteering eventually, as little one has to learn to cope for himself in the end. Will keep fingers and everything else crossed for you both.

CalliopeCreations said...

So glad to hear things are working out well.

Romantic.Treasures said...

I am so glad to hear that the principal was willing to work with you and that the teacher's aide was there to help, too. It is so very important that those first days of school are a positive experience for the little ones. It sets the stage for the future school life. YEAH for you for volunteering! I am sure the teacher appreciates - probably almost as much as your son does!
-RomanticThoughts

Sewinggranny - Mona said...

Oh the poor little guy! I am glad that things are finally working out for him.

Michele of By Your Side said...

My oh my!! Poor little man, so glad everyone is working with you now! While my 14 year old daughter doesn't have eczema, she has Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome... I used to get eye rolls at the school, until she'd have an "episode" and throw up all over! Now that she is older it has subsided for the most part and she knows the signs, but stress is always a worry for me and she is starting high school this year.

Christie Cottage said...

SO glad they allowed the care kit and that you are available to volunteer.

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nangatesdesigns said...

So glad to hear that things are going better for him! I'm sure it's been a lot less stressful for him to have had the teacher's aide and now you with him during the day. Hope he continues to do well.

ElfRenee said...

I'm so glad it's going much better!

Kathleen said...

Glad to hear everything is working out...

magdamagda said...

Sounds so difficult being a parent!! Glad things are working out!