Today began Maria’s 3rd week of school and the 1st day she rode the bus to and from school. The school was kind enough to let me ride with her to school, then the bus brought me home. They even asked if I wanted to ride home with her, but I told them I was ok. I’m very impressed with the bus driver. She’s been doing it for years; everyone speaks highly of her. Her aid is fine. He’s a boy, so Maria will like him! They have a wheelchair lift, which is how she gets on and off. It’s a brand new (2009) bus, so it’s clean and nice. Maria’s stroller gets strapped in with her in it. They really tighten it down (obviously). She sits right behind the driver, so it would be really hard for anyone to pick on her. She’s the 2nd to last child picked up and probably the 2nd one dropped off. There were only 5 or 6 kids on the bus today. It was quiet. I think it’ll be a good thing. I had a little bit of a hard time when they dropped me off this morning. I don’t know why…. Some days all this crap is just overwhelming. Most days I’m fine.
When Maria got off the bus this afternoon, she looked so proud and happy! It was very nice. Of course, there’s Sue yelling greetings to Maria and I’m there too, so it’s hard not to be happy when you arrive to a fan club! The bus will be easier on me (and Sue). Andy will continue to pick her up on Friday afternoons. That way he can pick up the medicine bottle from the nurse when it’s almost empty (kids can’t transport drugs–can’t have Maria chugging Depakene).
She had a noonish appointment with her eye doc. He took so long to come in that she fell completely asleep. He didn’t wake her, just pried open her eyelids and shone a light in them, said her Rx was still fine. Next visit (in November), he’ll need to dilate her eyes. Last time he did that was on our first visit, about 4 years ago, so I guess it’s time.
Maria is still eating great, getting 3 meals a day (probably for the most consecutive days of her life!). She falls asleep most evenings at 6pm, so she’s getting plenty of sleep.
We went to a party Saturday evening and she hugged 3 people w/o grabbing. She was even stroking Kim’s back. It was sweet and shocking! She did grab one woman’s hair and shirt and tried to take a nibble, but let go when we told her to.
We’re not able to see Debbie (Jin Shin Jyutsu) for 4-5 weeks, so I hope Maria continues her cognitive jumps w/o it. Maria’s been a bit congested the last day or two; I’m hearing that kids are starting to get sick, so we’ll see how her immune system holds up w/o the Jin Shin.