This month, I have had more time on my hands to do office and school administration work. We have only 4 students! HOW can I have so much admin to do?!
School insurance needs to be kept up. The school license documents need to be prepared for our renewal of license. Reports need to be written. IEP (Individual Educational Profiles) need to be kept current. And then there is the accountant and his questions about accounts and payments. Tax season!
So the extra time has been good for the administrator (me) but the extra time has meant that the teacher (me) is not as content as she would normally like to be.
THIS GIRL above pictured has been in a hospital for 2+ weeks now. She was in hospital 1 for a week, released for 24 hours, returned to the emergency room and was ambulanced to hospital 2 which has better facilities to take care of the complications. She’s in the Pediatric ICU. I’ve been doing “relief” work so her mom can get home to take care of the other kids a little. The ICU has good nursing care too which makes it easier for her mom to feel secure in leaving her alone in the hospital for a few hours.
This one thing I KNOW:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
So as I drive to hospital 2 (it’s an hour’s drive away) and as I stand in hospital corridors or sit in hospital chairs and listen to whomever is nearby or talk with Larimar (sometimes she just wants a story and I love to story-tell) this is in my head, in my heart pounding away – the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases… so even though the new results seem worse than the previous study’s results, we are trusting the heart of our ever loving Father in Heaven.
In addition to this saga, my boys are both not in school today due to medical appointments and/or health issues.
Well, Deaf children are often multiply-challenged and so are these. Part of this day and age of working with children is addressing their specific needs in individual ways. Working out how to get a boy who gets dizzy from lights to do online-work from home… maybe we need to resort to paper and pencil but he’s often too weak or dizzy to use his eyes… so I resort to prayer and seeking God’s peace for HIM (my student and his family) and me.
Pray for me as I walk alongside these families and their children with special SPECIAL needs. May I bring God’s peace and love to the situation. May “a merry heart do good like medicine” (Prov 17:22) and may my merriness not insult the gravity of the situations.
Yesterday I was kidding with Larimar and she started to cry! NO! Then her mom said, “What did you say?”
I had said, ” seriously, if you wanted to avoid a book report, we could have made a different plan”
Her mom said, “Don’t lie! What did you say to upset her?
Larimar said, “She’s telling the truth! (cry cry cry)”
So I found a new subject and we had some more smiles… I left her smiling last night!
Pray that she continues to smile today!