Exciting news!!! Trey is going to school!!!
Remember this post I wrote last year? We had decided not to send Trey to preschool because we didn't know how the next month was going to pan out, let alone nine months for school. Well, lo and behold, Trey has flourished in the clinical trial he has been in. The medicine he gets weekly (through a medi-port in his chest) is supposed to prevent tumor growth, and so far, it has! Praise God!
All through the last school year, Trey and I would have a free form, casual, organic (i.e. I didn't know what I was doing so the lessons had no structure) homeschool lesson appropriate for his age. We had a calendar time, worksheet time, coloring or activity...or maybe we would bake cookies or go to the library or play outside (totally counts).
Right around the new year, it kinda dawned on me that Trey should be able to write at least his name if not all the letters. I wasn't looking for calligraphy, but this kid couldn't write at all. Yet, he knows every letter and sound, even sight words. Long story short, Trey goes once a week to see a physical and occupational therapist. Turns out, chemo can mess with your muscles...who knew? And all of his abdominal surgeries have made sit ups almost impossible, but he's working hard on that six pack!
Which brings us right up to now. Trey loves going to the kids' school to pick them up or for an event. And, he's become aware that he wants to do that, too. There was no way I was going to send him to full day kindergarten. I'm not ready for that and neither is Trey! So, we met with the preschool director where Joe and Bella attended. We love this preschool, the teachers, etc. They welcomed Trey with open arms for this school year. So, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Trey will be at school for 2 1/2 hours!! My baby! He will be the oldest in the class, but I don't care and he won't know.
We know that all this could change in the blink of an eye. Trey still has to have scans every 3 months (the next one is in October) and his cancer could grow at any time. We continue to stand on the edge of a cliff not knowing which way the wind will blow. But! We have TODAY!
We will rejoice TODAY! Trey is the healthiest sick kid around. He is not symptomatic. He is not bed ridden. He's a wild, 5 year old, excited to go to school and carry a big backpack!! If I were to keep Trey here with me (which is so very tempting) and prevent him from having this experience, it would be like telling God that what He has blessed us with is not enough. Trey needs to go out and show the world that God has kept him strong and this Momma needs to let him.
Do you think it would be okay if I just stood in the parking lot the whole time he's there? Just kidding! I'm going to take a nap! Ha! Gotcha again! I have some plans for the time all three kids will be in school...we'll see how that goes.