Most of you know about my daughter's struggle to graduate. For those of you who don't, here's a quick recap. My daughter started having issues with GERD when she was in middle school. However, she still managed to make it to school every day. Once high school hit, she used every excuse in the book to stay home from school. The reasons varied, including headaches, sore throats, stomach pain, and sleeping poorly. On the few days she did attend school, she was always in the nurse's office, demanding to be sent home. The nurse was up to her tricks, and refused to let her go. Her policy is no fever, no throwing up, no going home. It was a daily battle of trying to get her out of bed, her calling me relentlessly at work to pick her up on the few days she did go to school, and her cussing and screaming at me when I pushed her to go. At her last IEP, which was about a year ago, when she was over 18, the principal and counselor informed us she wouldn't be graduating until she was 24 years old at the rate her attendance was going. We were pushed to enroll her in adult ed so she could graduate faster. That didn't work out. There are no aides in Adult Ed and my daughter was struggling. So for months, she sat at home doing nothing. Okay so eventually my daughter gets sick of being home bored, alone, and has this desire to go back to school. Since she is Special Education, she is legally allowed to stay at her alternative high school until she is 22. Last month we started the enrollment process, and today was her first day. To give her credit, she actually went. I was relieved. But then... Around noon the calls started. I was driving back to work from Target on my lunch break, and she was blowing up my phone with texts and phone calls. Of course I couldn't answer her calls when I was driving, but I did happen to get a chance to read her texts at a stop light. In a nutshell, she was too hot and weak feeling to stay in class. She wanted me to pick her up NOW. Since there was no way for me to answer her, at least not right away, she kept texting me, saying how she was going to die in the heat. We are having a heat wave today, over a hundred degrees, but still, no valid reason to go home. She went to the nurse's office, the same nurse from two years ago who knows her tricks, and the nurse refused to send her home. My daughter was calling me and texting me on her own from class. When I finally got back to my desk, I texted her I could not pick her up. I had just gotten back from lunch and I had nobody to cover for me. She kept texting me, calling me on my work phone which I couldn't answer because I was busy with other calls. By this time there was only about an hour and a half left till the end of school. I told her to tough it out and take the bus home. She refused. She said there is no air conditioning on the bus and she just KNEW she was gonna pass out. I called my mom, who I knew would be in the area, and asked if she could pick her up after school, just this one time, since my daughter is VERY stubborn, and when she says she is not getting on the bus, she means it. She would have been stuck at school for two and a half hours till I could pick her up. My mom agreed, even though neither one of us felt good about it. So same tricks, different year. Okay so I know this is only day one. Maybe I am getting ahead of myself. Things have gotten off to a rocky start, unfortunately. It is supposed to be hot again tomorrow. I don't know how this is going to go. I think applying for disability is one of our few options to consider, but even so, with the high cost of living in California, my daughter will have to get a part time job to even share a room with somebody (and no, living with me forever is NOT an option.) My question is, what kind of employer will give my daughter a part time job with no diploma, when there is a crap ton of competition out there, and most people have diplomas? I don't want to lose hope just yet, especially after just one bad day, but dealing with this for years and years makes me wary. I am about to go home. I am not even going to broach the subject with my daughter tonight. I had a stressful day at work, my supervisor is on vacation, and I have a headache. Let's hope tomorrow is better. Wish me luck.