Yesterday I took a leave from work to do mummy duties AKA:
- Take Yuri to his pedia
- Take Yuri to our family dentist
- Take Yuri to Eye Level in Bajada, Davao for his diagnostic test
Well, we spent the entire morning downtown but only number 3 was a success (relatively). Here’s why.
I did not set appointments.
I have an A-type personality so I almost always never leave the house unless a sure appointment has been set. However, when I lost my phone a few months back, I also lost all of my contact numbers, which include my doctors’ contact numbers. The phone numbers I saw from the internet were also outdated. So we decided to wing it.
First, we dropped by the Manila Bulletin office to get these goodies from my colleagues, Sarah and Jona:
Then we went to our pedia’s and dentist’s clinics. Our family dentist was there but, because we failed to book an appointment, she wasn’t able to squeeze us in. Instead, we formally booked an appointment for Saturday.
Goodbye, Doc! 🙁
When we went to Yuri’s pedia, we saw that the clinic was totally empty. As in there wasn’t a secretary, too. We assumed that she was out of town or transferred to another clinic. But when I searched for her current clinic, I saw that she already transferred to Cebu. Boohoo. We loved Doc Amy, and she was Yuri’s only pedia, so I was a bit heartbroken.
You see, the last time we ever went to see her was 2014 pa, two years ago, so we weren’t updated. But God bless you, dockie, and thank you!
For now, I need to look for a new pedia. Gah! I mean, it’s hard to start all over again with a pedia who doesn’t know Yuri’s history. So so sad. Aja. Fighting!
Hello, (some form of) schooling!
Finally, we went to our local Eye Level (formerly Enopi) for Yuri’s diagnostic test. This post is getting long so I’ll tell you all about Eye Level and our decision process in another post. Anyway, Yuri was already able to visit Eye Level last week so the centre was familiar to him. He immediately ran inside and didn’t bother waiting for me.
As for me, it was my first time to visit, and I immediately felt comfortable. Both the owner and the teacher in charge were nice and welcoming, and the centre was very kid-friendly. I totally love that it’s within the Robinsons Cybergate compound — I could run some errands while waiting for Yuri. I wish there was a gym, too, so I can work out while waiting. Hoping, hoping!
More pictures (I didn’t go beyond the waiting area because some kids were working, but I’ll try to take pictures on Saturday)
About the diagnostic test, well, for starters, I realised it was a bad idea to take Yuri all over town all morning prior to it. He followed his teacher inside with no problem, but they said he barely answered his booklet. He was distracted and unfocused, most probably because he was tired and hungry (it was almost lunch time).
But I want Yuri to start from the very first level so his diagnostic test didn’t make much of a difference. At four and unschooled, Yuri is extremely conversant and, dare I say, smart, but he doesn’t know how to read and write yet. So starting from the bottom, which is motor skills for writing, works perfectly for us.
I must say that I have nothing to complain about Eye Level so far. I studied the curriculum and it looks great. Again, I’ll tell you more about it and our decision-making process maybe next week; I’ll keep you posted! We’re officially enrolling this Saturday and I’m excited!