Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Some good news and some bad news

Hello, my friends!

Well, my corner got a bit stressing and sad these days... First, my inlaws' two cute little poodle puppies died with a terrible disease called parvovirus, although we trie everything to save them. It's a bad disease that destroys the poor animal guts, oh I don't even like to remember that. I got really sad for them, so little, such babies... At least one third survived, and seems like she will live.

Then Baruck got hepatitis!!! We're so worried about him. He was looking weird, too quiet and grumpy, and the day before yestrday we could see his eyes and belly were with a strange shade of yellow. So Rodrigo took him to the vet yesterday and he took a blood exam, and somehow he got thi stupid disease, my poor kitty! We are giving the proper medicines, and watching him closely, Lucas is all sad, just like us. We believe that due to all the changes in his life, hios immuno system got a ver low resistance, and being among other cats and dogs made things worse. We can only pray and treat him the best we can accordgin to the doctor's instructions, please cross fingers and pray that he recovers from this.

Anf to finish this serie of "disasters", yesterday was Lucas' first day at school. What a HORRIBLE experience. Let me start by saying that he's not there anymore. I went with him and stayed in class to watch how things would be, just like somo other moms (it's very common in Brazil to stay at school the first days of adaptation). Well, the teacher's Portuguese was incredibly bad. When I say incredibly, I mean absurdly bad for a teacher. Of course no one has to have a perfect gramma and vocabulary, etc, but a teacher has to know the basic rules, to say the least. She was an old lady, very sweet and all, but I could clearly see that she had no structure to teach, besides the language problem, as if everything was improvised. That made me raise my eyebrown for the first time.

Then when the kids (17) said that they were thirsty, she came with a bottle of Coke full of water from the school (gods know where she got it from), and passed one single glass for everyone to drink from it!!! 17 kids and one glass to share the water! Obviously Lucas didn't take it. Second eyebrow raised.

Then came recess/snack time - when students eat the school's meals, but some took their own snack froim home, like Lucas. Well, the teacher told me to tell Lucas to always sit by her side, so no one would steal his snack! As if this was the simplest thing in the world, five-year-old kids stealing juices and cookies from others.

THEN, Lucas went to the restroom, and I noticed he was taking too long to return to the clasroom, and I went after him. He came in my direction wide opened, saying that a kid inside the restroom told him that he would punch him in the eye! I asked him to show me the kid, he did it, and I told the little brat, very seriously, that school was a place for learning, no threatening little colleagues. I told his teacher about it and complained to the coordinator. Lucas hated the place.

Do I have to say that that was Lucas' first and last day at that terrible place? Here in Brazil, unfortunately, public schools are neglected, it's a general thing, but I thought that, being in Minas, a traditional state, things would be a bit different, but I was wrong. I really wanted to give it a chance, but with so many negative things, I just couln1't return there. So today, a couple of hours ago, I came here to Manhumirim, another city a little bigger than Alto Jequitibá, and visited a private school that my mother-in-law knows about. Lucas loved it, and so did I. A wonderful infrastructure, with everyting Lucas had in Rio, but at a cheaper price (another good thing in Minas, prices are usually the third comparing to Rio). So after a long talk to the coordinator, having the school's schemes and routine analized, I enrolled my son and he will start tomorrow. A minibus will fetche him along with other students, and I'll go with him for the first week of adaptation. Phew! At least one story with a happy end!

Sorry for such a thumb-down post! Believe me or not, the week was a good one too, despite what I just typed!
The house's roof is finally being built, and soon we'll have the shingles put. As soon as I can I'll post new photos.

It's always lovely to hear from you guys, it's like a present when I open my page and read the many friendly words you send me in waves of beautiful energy.

There's a little witch here saying hi to you guys! :o)

Take good care, I'l try to write some eords in your pages, I miss visiting yourblogs more often! Kisses from us.

10 comentários:

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

Very interesting

parvovirus is the first thing puppies get vaccinated against in the UK

I'm glad you found a good school for Lucas after the first horror.

Tori said...

I'm so sorry the puppies died! It's a sad thing when you lose a pet. I hope Baruck gets better soon.

That school sounds horrible! Glad you found a better place for Lucas to learn!

Kelli said...

Oh, Nydia, what a week! I am so PROUD of you for staying with Lucas and protecting him from such a place, and for doing your best to find him a better one. I know that having you there says SO MUCH to him about how much you love him, and this makes him a stronger little man. Good job, Mama.

Anonymous said...

All's well that ends well... so glad it has for Lucas.
Pity about the animals but with care Baruck should be ok. I hope so.
Take care of yourselves,

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Yes, it was a mix of good and bad news from you, so sorry about the bad, especially the death of the little puppies, and how very nerve-wracking and upsetting that Baruck is so sick! I hope he gets better, they have good powers of recovery. But when a pet is sick it's like your heart is dragged DOWN.

That awful school sounds like the public schools here in my city, LOL...not making light of it, it's just awful how our schools are, the children thieving and hurting each other the second no one is looking, the awful teachers, etc and etc. I used to teach...no more...LOL...so glad you got him into a better school!!!

Dragonstar said...

Oh dear, you're having a hard time right now! I'm so glad Lucas will be able to go to a good school, it will make such a difference. Bullying is surprisingly common even with small children. My eldest daughter (25 years ago!) was in a class of 5 to 7 year-olds. She was just over 5 years old. She had her lunch stolen almost from the beginning. We finally had to take her out of school after she was in the play-house and a boy lifted her skirt and poked her with a toy knife! Horrifying to think of what might have happened.
Anyway, enough misery. Lucas will like his new school, and all will go well.
I hope Baruck recovers quickly, and the poor little puppy survives to grow big and strong.
Hugs and all blessings to all of you my love!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about all the pet related bad news and the horrible review of Lucas's first day at school.

I am so glad that you found a nicer private school for him where he will be happy!

Genie Sea said...

Yikes! Sorry about your doggies and your kitty. I hope your cat feels better.

What a horrible experience for Lucas and you! I am so happy you found a better school. The whole experience made my skin crawl!

Patty said...

I am sorry about the puppies and also your cat. Here the vets give shots for such things but sometimes you hear of it happeneing. I am sorry Lucus had a bad experience at the private school. I hope things go better now that he will be in a new place. Give him a little hug for me. He is such a sweet boy. I still remember the ghost he drew for me, and think of him and your family often

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, what an awful experience for poor little Lucas. I'm so happy to hear you found a perfect school for him.
Hope your kitty is feeling better.
Sending love and blessings your way!
Can't wait to see more pics of your new home!
(((hugs and congrats to little Lucas))