Wednesday, 26 August 2009
I was reflecting earlier at the difference of Deion going on to secondary school as opposed to Jordan and Robyn going.
When it was their turn, I stressed about making sure we had all the right uniform and stationary,and I worried about the size of the school and them getting lost because they were used to such a small primary school, but it struck me how different it was this time, how different the things I am scared of are!
While we were in the school outfitters and we were trying on Blazers, we had to consider different things, after all, Deion's going to be sitting in a wheelchair, the blazer has to be comfy for that, not too stiff, a bit longer so he can sit on it so it doesn't bunch up around him. We tried on 12 before we found a suitable one. It took me about a year to explain to the salesman that the trousers had to be slightly longer, as he sits down all day, therefore come up short, (he hates his socks showing).
The bag needs to be bigger and sit right on the wheelchair handles, he has to fit so much stuff in, his shoes need to be easy to take off and on so that his toileting care wont take longer than necessary.
I'll have to make a big pad delivery out of school hours so that he has all he needs and his school friends don't see and tease about 'nappies.'
I need to pick up the months menu to make sure he's eating what is manageable for him.
Of course, Deion wont have the option of taking the shortest route to each class as he has to go the accessible way, or via the elevator. We have to pick up his lift key
We have met the 4 people who will be responsible for all of Deion's personal care and toileting needs. We have met his one to one classroom assistant
The school have ordered the height adjustable tables for his wheelchair to sit under, re arranged every class so Deion can manoeuvre, ordered the hoists, changing beds, cabinets e.t.c
We even have the whole school to ourselves the day before everyone else starts so Deion and all the workers involved can get used to each other.
Then theres Jordan and Robyn's preparation
We walked into the school outfitters, said 'we'll have that, that, that and two of them and left!