I cannot believe that summer is almost over and more importantly, I cannot believe that all 3 of my children will be in school this year. I wish I could say that I am so excited about it, but I’m not. I’m actually quite nervous about sending Xander off this year, even though it is only 2 1/2 hrs a day.
Most moms I know have their little ones in a “Mothers Day Out” program or daycare several days a week and so I guess school would be just part of the norm. As a lot of you know, Xander’s with me almost all of the time due to his allergies and the thought of so many people being around him eating and touching things that he could have a deadly reaction to, just scares me. I keep praying that God puts this bubble around him, protecting him from anything he may come into contact with since I won’t be there.
Tomorrow I meet with the Head Nurse to go over his 504 Plan, show her all his meds, give her a “safe snack list” and try to come up with ways to keep him safe so that she can go over all of this with the teachers and staff before he shows up next week. We even have to cover classroom items that may contain things he is allergic to like certain playdoh’s, clay, soaps or even the use of milk cartons, egg crates or peanut butter and nuts for bird feeders, etc.
And I’m not quite ready to be “that mom”, the pain in the butt, the one who is there all the time, changing all the rules. Because there is a huge debate on schools going “Peanut Free” or catering to 1 child with allergies, I have to go in with understanding and handle this right, although I just want to say “SERIOUSLY, You want to put my child’s life at risk so yours can have a PB&J?” But I won’t, at least not unless I have to 🙂 What it comes down to is that if 1 child was handicapped, then the school would have to put in a ramp or make it accessible for that child. And this is a handicap for my child.
So pray for us as we start this school year. Pray for Xander’s safety and my peace of mind. And thank you for your support, it means a ton to us!0