It’s almost half way through the school year!
When things are going along fine but you know there are potential problems lurking, it’s hard to feel really at ease. You can’t really know that things will be fine until something goes wrong and you see how everyone handles it. We had our first real keto-problem at school yesterday. It was handled perfectly. We have a new kind of peace of mind about Nora at school.
We have been sending her “milk” in a small mason jar with a drink/pour lid. I’ve always been afraid that it will pop open and spill all over the lunch box, losing all of that necessary fat to make up her ratio. It didn’t spill yesterday–the jar broke! Nora opened her lunch box to cream and broken glass. Yikes.
The school called me, but I was teaching and my phone was off. They called Ted next, who was much more clever than I would have been. When I heard their message I was ready to jump on my bike and get new cream over there. Luckily I called the school back first and found out that it was taken care of.
When Ted got the call, he asked if they had any butter at the school. They did not (really? not part of a healthy school lunch, I guess). The secretary suggested that they have olive oil in the teacher’s break room, so Ted calculated that 2 teaspoons of olive oil would do the trick. Nora wasn’t happy about it, but she took it and no one had to leave work.
On a related note, we still have not made a formal 504 plan with the school. The nurse has not contacted me about it again, and in the rush of daily life I have not pushed it. It is comforting to know that her teacher (who was part of the chain of command) and the school staff were aware of her needs and worked with us to find a solution.
Nora also had her routine blood draw yesterday for Monday’s keto clinic appointment with Dr. Wray. Ted took her in when the lab opened at 7:30, so she was a little late to school. When she came into her classroom some of her friends came over to give her hugs and brought her to the rug where they were singing and dancing their morning songs. Ted left with a warm and happy feeling about Nora’s school. That’s another wonderful kind of peace of mind.
Many thanks and muchas gracias to the wonderful people of Garfield school who take care of Nora every day!