Today, I got home from work and Queen Alopecia and The Sugar Princess were playing outside...sled riding. As I was getting out of the car, I could see that my husband had the door opened and he was talking on the phone. I started unloading the car and went inside the house. When I entered the house, my husband said the phone is for me! For me?? Who calls me? I have one really close friend, but she is out of town...who is it? Some bill collector? Some credit card person wanting me to open an account? He says it's the kindergarten teacher at Queen Alopecia's school. (The Sugar Princess will enter kindergarten at this school next school year...we just registered her last Thursday.) I answered the phone...
Teacher....Hello Ronda - All of us kindergarten teachers were discussing The Sugar Princess today and we would like to give you the option of picking The Sugar Princess' teacher for next school year.
Me...Really? (Sounding a little excited, but a little unsure....I'm thinking maybe we really scared them last Thursday and now nobody wants her in their class....are they just as afraid as me and my husband?...pulling straws, etc?)
Teacher....We don't normally do this, but we know how concerned you were on Thursday when you registered The Sugar Princess and we want you to rest asure that we will take good care of her, we will follow any of your plans, we will learn more about this disease, we will treat her as if she was our own. We want you to be comfortable sending her to school...we want you to be able to have this option of choosing her teacher.
Me...Then I choose you!!
I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have this woman be The Sugar Princess' teacher for next school year. I teach physical education and we used to teach in the same school building together a few years ago. We still teach in the same School District, but not in the same school. She is an excellent teacher....and the best part is that she previously had a student who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She sounded so positive on the phone...so supportive....so understanding....and so willing to learn about The Sugar Princess's care.
I'm happy about this news, but I still have the fear and worry. This is normal, right? I'm in the process of developing a Chapter 15, 504 plan.....next school year will be here before we know it...YIKES!