Today has been an absolute flurry of activity regarding Brandon’s post graduation plans. There were phone calls. There were emails. And there is much paperwork to be reviewed, signed, and returned.
We received the letter confirming funding from the state run program for day program services. And now we are off and running.
First on the agenda was scheduling a physical, with a TB test. The one with the needle that goes just under the skin and makes a little bump. Needles are not Brandon’s favorite thing (mine either). Knowing I might need some help with this, I asked Josh to go with us. And since everyone wants to start the transition process next week, we had to do this today so the skin test can be read on Friday. Poor guy…stitches on Sunday and another shot today.
Once the physical was scheduled, I called his teacher. She is wonderful and is so excited for Brandon to start the next chapter of his life. She is emailing a copy of his IEP with a bullet point list of Brandon’s strengths for the day program. She is also sending forms home for me to review, sign, and return.
Brandon’s teacher indicated that Brandon may be ready to attend the day program full time before the school year is over. My one concern about that is graduation. Steve and I want him to be able to walk across the stage and get the diploma he has worked so hard for. His teacher assured me he will walk in the graduation program, regardless of where he is going during the day. He deserves that! Yippee!!!
After talking with his teacher, I called my contact person at the day program. She was aware the funds have been approved and is ready to start talking about the transition and what that will look like. One day a week for a few weeks? Two days a week? It is all a bit much to take in and seems to be happening so fast.
We scheduled a time for me to take Brandon to the program for a tour. I know there are participants attending the program who went to school with Brandon last year. I hope seeing some familiar faces makes it a bit easier for Brandon. We are doing a tour tomorrow. And there will be more forms to review and sign.
My final call was to Brandon’s psychiatrist because he likes to be kept in the loop.
Brandon did great with his physical. He read the eye chart from about 30 feet out. He likes the blood pressure cuff so that was really easy. Josh and I were expecting the TB test to be a bit of a struggle, but we were wrong. He sat there like an angel while telling the nurse all about the American Elk at Cabelas. He was weighed (150 pounds) and his height was measured (5’ 9”). Brandon handled it like a champ with the promise of chicken nuggets from McDonalds.
I am suffering a bit of whiplash (metaphorically speaking) from the fast pace. I have dealt with the government program that is suppose to help with services for our son with the promise of more and more waitlists.
I am so thankful for my friend, Suzanne, who gave me the phone number for the state program that is now helping us. She gave me this contact information three weeks ago. I can hardly believe everything came together so quickly and seamlessly. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop and someone to tell me it was all a big mistake.
But that is not going to happen! My son now has a plan for what happens after school! Woo Hoo!