What a day today was.... 13 kids at work. Most were pretty cranky all day and we couldn't figure out why or how to make them stop. The only solution when they are like this is to get them out of the room for awhile. So 8 got to go on buggy rides, because we only had 3 workers in the room today.
It worked out because, after naptime, we had one girl wake up with an ever-reddening eye and one boy with a fever, so they couldn't go anyway. Yes, my friends, pink-eye has began yet again. All while the diarrhea thing is still going strong and has even hit two workers.
Why our manager does not insist these children not come back until a doctor has dsicovered the cause and okayed it, is beyond me. Parents still have to pay for days their child misses for illness, so what's the big deal about making sure they are all healthy?
The same boy is still going 4-5 times a day. All very, very soft or just watery. He has been this way for two months that we know of (he came to our room then). Another has had it on and off. Today, we had 5 kids with diarrhea. You think anyone got sent home? Nope. But the fever and pink-eye did!
Why is it that type of long lasting diarrhea is not considered highly contagious? Asst #4 spent all of last weekend with it and had it yesterday, as well (she had to call into work). She is an avid hand-washer and ultimate clean freak, so I know she was careful, but she still got it.
The way I see it, if I catch something, that's okay... but if Iever bring this crap home to Grace, my job will hear about it! It is a church daycare that is monitored by the state. Don't think for a minute that I won't anonymously call the health department and tell them of the diarrhea crisis. My kid's health comes before anything. I think it is bad business on our director's part. If only all the parents knew ;)
The girl with pink eye came in at 9am with only a little green junk in the corner that looked like 'sleep' and her eye was not red at all. After her nap, it was gunky, red, and swelling. So, she basically went 7 hours with us before symptoms showed. Joy~joy!
Same as the boy with the fever. 101.1 ~ Higher than a teething temp. Double whammy! Nope, nope.... make that a triple. Looks like I'm dosing up on Vitamin C and minerals now :) Though, most of these things are viral, I'd like to believe this helps. Mind over matter and all....
So, the day actually went pretty fast despite the kids' temperaments and illnesses. #4 and I rearranged more things! That ought to tick off someone in the morning. We had the Lead's permission... that should be the end of it. But I doubt it..... the person likes to drag things out. She still makes remarks about the last time we cleaned things. Now, it looks even better and she will be even madder ;)
Things on the homefront have been good. Grace has not acted up in school or dance class in a long time <knocks on wood> She still challenges us on a daily basis. But I have learned that it is not her, it is us. She has too many people telling her what to do and how to act, all the time.
I started bringing her upstairs again, to work on writing the alphabet again. She has a hard time tracing letters. She still cannot cut shapes out. She does not concentrate. I think it is because the tv is on all day. My dad does crosswords and reads books while it is on. Mostly it is on Noggin or PBS Sprout, or Gene Autry... Grace loves Gene Autry because of Champion, the Wonder Horse ;)
Gracie does better one-on-one. She is more calm, more attentive. Downstairs, if she doesn't want to work, she can run away and Poppy will 'save' her. He says she is only 4. I say that is not too young to learn. She is doing it in school now, and she needs help. She rushes her work so she can play. Typical of kid, isn't it? It has been working well so far <once again, knocking>
Hopefully, she will learn to take her time. Next year, she'll go to Pre-K four days a week. I'm not sure for how long, but I'll guess for three hours. Hard to believe my baby will be in first grade in two years.
Well guys, that about does it. I'm looking for some Halloween decor, if any of you great graphic-ists, <~new word... lol, would like to donate to my sidebar ;)
Hope you all continue on your journeys.....