Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Patience is a Virtue

This week marks the 5th week in a row that I have been to Kaiser. They said next time they will award me my own parking spot. Yay! At least that's something. Thank goodness we got new insurance this year with a lower co pay because we are certainly using it.

Brynlee got the stomach flu on Monday, and the poor thing could not keep anything down. Even Pedialyte was coming right back up, and it got really scary. Yesterday morning when I woke her up (1st red flag there, I had to wake her up) she was so tired, had no energy and had a completely dry diaper from the night before. I got her to keep some Pedialyte down, but brought her to the Dr just in case. My good friend Dr. Bean. He is so nice to me, even though I'm probably his most frequent patient. I had just seen him 2 weeks ago when Brynlee had a nagging wet cough that she couldn't kick for like a week. Flu season with a baby is fun! And this is only 1 kid. I can't imagine when there are more.

So, between my sinus infection from Hell and Brynlee's illnesses I've been to Kaiser way more than I ever wanted to. Brynlee seems to be on the up swing and is slowly regaining her strength. It seems like as soon as one person gets better, another person in the house is sick. Trying to remember a time when we were all healthy is like trying to remember a different lifetime!

I teach Sunday school at church, to 12-13 year olds. And there are about 13 of them. Yeah. I used to consider myself a very patient person. I'm not so sure now. I'm starting to wonder why it's illegal to beat kids. That whole paddling thing doesn't seem like such a bad idea anymore. Just kidding, they are not THAT bad. But they are bad. And it's really frustrating. This week I'm going to try to assign them seats and see if that helps. I went through and ranked each kid on level of disruptions, 1 being not bad and 3 being the devil. I then made a seat chart where the 3's sit by 1's. If that doesn't work, I'm going to drag Jimmy in there to regulate. If that doesn't work, I'll march into the other rooms and grab the parents out. Yes I certainly will. I'm to that point.

I hate having to do that. I hate having to go get help from my husband to keep these kids under control. But at this point I'm not sure what else to do. I think the fact that I have not been feeling the best until just recently is not helping. It's not that they are not good kids, there are just a ton of them and 1 of me. And they all start spazzing out with excess energy and it gets ugly. And they will not be quiet, not matter how many times (like 50) I have to tell them. I think Jr. High teachers deserve a raise, all of them!

These past few weeks have been a patience tester for sure. And I'm sorry to say I've lost it a time or two. So, this week my goal is to be more patient. We'll see how long that lasts!


Scott said...

I'm surprised I haven't run into you at Kaiser....I am there at least once a week! As far as the sunday school class I would suggest bribery...candy, cookies, whatever you've got, it might help...good luck!

Scott said...

ps...this is Kaye....I don't know why Scott's name showed up :)

Audrey Spence said...

I know having Scott in my class has helped. Also the fact that all the young women actually want to learn so they complained to their parents and yw leaders and word got out about my class and everyone has been talking about it. The past 3 weeks I've had parents sit in, yw/ym presidents too. I would say maybe talk to your bishop but definitely bring Jimmy in to help keep it under control. You could even talk to the Sunday School pres. and they might even be willing to sit in. At least I'd hope so. I'm lucky to have an amazing ward so everyone is there to back me up and support me to keep the kids under control. It's been a 180 from what it was a month ago. I can actually teach now!