Monday, August 23, 2010

The Switch

We have arrived.

It's the last week of summer vacation. Yesterday we went school supply shopping. All three of my kids are decked out in new backpacks and sneakers. Fresh hair cuts have taken away the too long, sun bleached, slightly chlorine green look we sported the past two months.

Their teacher assignments arrived last week, so now instead of aimlessly thinking of upcoming school days they can put a face and classroom in the picture.

My baby is off to kindergarten. In all the preparations for back to school, which means a lot to a D family, I don't want him to be lost in the shuffle. I have a meeting set for Wednesday with Grace's teacher, assistant, school nurse, head of nursing for the district, principle, and gym teacher. There's a lot to do to send her back to school and have her cared for properly for 6 hours every day. Supplies to bring in, refresher courses in glucagon and insulin pen usage, instructions on how, when, and why to correct highs and lows. When they need to contact me, and when they should treat her and send her back to class.

It's a lot, and it's scary, and I'm worried for her.

But there's also Little Brother. He's young for his grade, so I'm worried for him, too. Is he ready? Will it be too much for him?

And what about Little Sister? She's smart, personable, and has lots of friends, so I'm not concerned with her starting school. But should I be? I don't want something with her to fall through the cracks while I'm busy stressing over Grace and Little Brother.

It's raining today, and the switch in my brain has flipped from summer to school. The worry has started.

Summer's over.


  1. I feel your pain, summer ended a few weeks ago and I have been in the trenches of worry. Miss E has started kindergarten and I have been a wreck, this is one of the reasons I have been absent so long from my lovely bloggy friends.

    My mind has been very stressed out lately :( I can't seem to focus on anything else in my life right now and it's exhausting. Not to vent on your blog, I just know how you feel.

    I will be thinking of you and your family as you start a new school year. BIG HUGS!!! Everything will work out great.

  2. I so understand. Having twins - one with T1D - I often worry that I am not paying enough attention to Sweet Girls needs. Sugar Boy got the bulk of the attention with going to school for the first time this year. And I felt bad about that. Lucky for me she is tough. Hopefully I didnt miss anything I should have!

  3. YEP...Joe and Bridget start school next Wednesday and I need to get all of the education done for the teacher/aid/principal...I don't have a time set-up yet as the staff just started back today...but I am feeling the stress, the worry, the anxiety set in a bit.

    You sound like a woman on top of it...your kids are so fortunate to have you worrying about them and caring for them so deeply!