School, Homebound, Online. What to do?

Jessie approached me yesterday about pulling out and finishing the year as a homeschooler.  We just had to make the decision to go full-time homebound from intermittent.  The fact is, she simply hasn’t felt well enough to even go to school part time lately.  As a result, she was in danger of compromising the rules of being classified as a homebound student.  Therefore, we needed to change her classification.

I’m surprised that she is asking about homeschooling.  Not that she’s against it or anything.  Homeschool is not new to us.  I homeschooled both kids for a few years in their elementary years.  Our son, Wes, continued and will be finished this spring.  Jessie had a desire go go back in the 5th grade. 

Luckily for everyone involved, Jessie is a good student and has maintained good grades.  But you feel like a little mouse running on one of those wheels constantly trying to catch up.  The situation she’s been in since October is not easy, to say the least.  At the end of the first semester, Jessie had to take incompletes in about 4-5 subjects with 15 days allowed to finish.  If you don’t finish, you get an “F” for the assignment or exam.  That particular week her head was hurting so badly that she really needed to go to the ER.  She had to hold off because if she did go, the medicine would have put her out for a couple of days and she simply didn’t have that much time to finish exams.  The decision to bear the brunt of the headaches so that she could complete the semester was hers.  I watched her, worried, and wanted to take the burden, even tough I couldn’t.  Long story short, it was very stressful and difficult.  It seems as if every semester is the same, trying to catch up.

On the other hand, if she can just hang in there for 3 1/2 more months, she’ll be done.  Not to mention the fact that I don’t even know where to begin looking into getting credit for only one semester of classes with distance learning.  And there is always the hope that she will begin to feel better within the next month and be able to return to school.  

I guess this is just something I will have to look into next week.  Realistically, she will probably have to stick it out with school.  But if there is any way to relieve the added burden…

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4 responses to “School, Homebound, Online. What to do?

  1. We are right there with you. But I don’t know the answer. Is your Jessie on a 504 Plan with the school? My Jessica ended up homebound last semester, only taking half the semester’s classes (2 classes), and then ended up with only 1 class and 1 credit. This semester she’s going to the afternoon classes – just 2 classes and 2 credits (instead of 4). So, she’s going to be behind. And the school doesn’t have a summer program. I’ll be interested to hear what you decide or what you come up with.

    • Living Chronically

      Hi Laura,
      She does have a 504. I’ll keep you posted. Luckily, Jessie has been able to get all of her credits so far. Also, the school here has been wonderful to work with. Unlike the Virginia school. That makes things much easier. One less thing.

  2. Sue

    Oh, Lori, these school issues are just so difficult! When Jamie was very ill in 5th and 6th grades (before Florinef!), we went through all sorts of problems with first the elementary school and then the middle school. We were fortunate to have found help online, from a wonderful woman named Mary Robinson, whose son and daughter both had severe CFS (her son is now fully recovered and in college!!)

    Mary co-authored a book with Dr. Bell that was an invaluable resource to us:

    http://www.amazon.com/Parents-Guide-Cfids-Advocate-Dysfunction/dp/0789006316/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235435244&sr=8-5

    (in case the link doesn’t fully print, it’s called a Parent’s Guide to CFIDS). One of the most important things we learned was that we had a lot more options than the school realized. Most schools don’t know they can do certain things (like part-time school, partial homebound, and other options) just because they’ve never done them before.

    Here are some more resources that helped us:

    http://livewithcfs.blogspot.com/2008/02/cfids-and-school-resources.html
    (if the link doesn’t work, just click on School under Labels in the left-hand column of my blog).

    I know how difficult these decisions are, but it also helps me to remind myself that nothing is permanent, and we can always make changes again if the situation changes.

    Things will get better. Good luck in finding the right solutions for Jessie to get through these difficult times.

    Sue

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