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    Default Do YOU have a chronic illness?

    Do you, as the homeschool teacher, have any chronic illnesses? How does this affect your homeschool experience?
    Homeschooling: son, 10

    Not homeschooling: daughter, 7

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    I don't have a chronic illness, but I have a lot of migraines.

    We record tons of science and history shows on DVR. When the kids were little and I was incapacitated with a migraine, they knew they could always watch those shows or play (and they can still do that). They also learned at a young age how to get themselves something to eat when I am not available. Their Montessori school was very lax with attendance so when I had a migraine and couldn't drive they simply stayed home.

    Now that we homeschool, we are sort of unschoolers who outsource some classes so I don't actually 'teach' the kids. I am there for questions and find sources for classes and activities. So, when I have a migraine, the kids are fine on their own. They work or read independently and save questions for a time I feel better. Sometimes they miss a lesson or class because I do not drive with a bad headache.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    chronic? I guess a mental illness counts as a chronic illness. Yes, I have bipolar disorder. How does it affect our homeschooling? A LOT. When I'm manic, we do a LOT of things. We'll go out constantly, do lots of activities, learn lots of new things. When I'm in a depressive mode, we rarely leave the house. We'll watch documentaries or do some computer learning. It's very very low key as it's pretty much all I can make myself do. Or we may do absolutely nothing on the worst days and I'll write those off as sick days. When I'm stable, it's somewhere in between the two. We may go out, we may stay in, we are more "normal" then. It's one reason we are progressing to year round schooling so that I can afford those days off where we need them.

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    Yes, I have avascular necrosis that has pretty much ruined my knees. I never know how mobile I will be tomorrow, next week, or next month. It can range anywhere from 'almost normal' to 'can get from the couch to the toilet using crutches'. Most of the time, it is somewhere in between.

    We adjust by being extra-flexible. Bad-knee days mean that we do a lot of sedentary book-work and read-alouds, and if the kids get antsy, they have to go to the yard and entertain themselves. They also have to pick up after themselves and bring me stuff that I need. Good-knee days mean that we run around, go places, explore, do projects at home that require a lot of get-up-and-go-take-this for me.

    It also means that I will never be able to ski/skate/run/play tennis/play any other physical game with my kids. I can drive them to the mountain/rink/courts and sit there and watch. I can swim and go light-biking with them though, so it is not too bad.
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    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Quote Originally Posted by aselvarial View Post
    ... It's one reason we are progressing to year round schooling so that I can afford those days off where we need them.
    I fully agree! It is important to me too to stay flexible in our HSing, and plan according to my physical well being, not according to the calendar.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    (((waving wildly))) Chronic fibromyalgia here. Although our homeschool days are over, it was much as other posters have shared. We just had to be flexible based on my pain levels. I have two sons with varying special needs, though, so flexibility was our MANTRA.

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    I am in the middle of trying to find out what my chronic illness is. I just had blood taken last week to see if I have Lyme desease, and Lupus is still a possibility. I get migraines. I have found what a majority of my triggers are, so I am down to about 2 major migraines per year. Its usually because I eat something new and didnt read the ingredients before I chowed down.
    These things can affect many things through out the day. If I have a migraine I tend to stutter or cant remember words, I lose my train of thought. It makes it harder to explain to dd a lesson. When I am having one of my "flares" (my doc calls them flares, I call it an episode), I have a hard time walking. My hips and thighs are just in pain. My whole body is just aching. I want to move, but I am just not able to. So I have learned its ok to let a lesson go for a day. Its ok to let her work for a while on her own. Its ok to let her chat with her friends for a while. Hubby also fills in at times. This is also where I am thankful for the co-op dd goes to. Due to the fact that I have sensativities/allergies to tylenol/ibuprofen/aspirin/naprocin, pain relief is very delayed. That can make a day very long. I went to a naturopathic doc/accupuncturist and she gave me a couple of tinctures that help. And for those of you in Texas, there is a new place opening up that can help. If you would like the info, pm (?) me. I dont have the full details, but maybe if someone is willing to do their homework, it will help them.
    I also got a notice in the mail today reminding me that I need to have my mri and bloodwork done. I have a darn tumor on my adrenal gland. From what I am told, theyre common, but mine is pre-cancerous and it needs to be monitored. If anyone can explain pre-cancerous to me in simple terms, please do.
    Basically I have decided to just take it day by day, week by week. If desperately needed, dd can take all her core subjects at co-op, or very VERY last resort is school. I kinda work with it, and around it. Kinda stinks, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
    Bobo 13 yrs old - marches to the beat of her own drum, driven, out going and loud, yet she loves nature
    Booger Boy 21 yrs old - quiet, self assured, confident and laying his own path

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    Good to hear you all do (or did) it anyway! Staying flexible and Year round schooling sound like excellent ideas.

    I have Ehlers's-Danlos syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Psuedotumor Cerebri, (probably) Mast Cell Activation Disorder, a tumor in my spine at C3, and I'm a stroke and quadriplegic paralysis survivor. My lifespan may be limited, so I want to make the most of it!
    Homeschooling: son, 10

    Not homeschooling: daughter, 7

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    Yes, although my illness isn't very severe. It's well-controlled right now. When it was bad, and energy was low, we mostly unschooled. Now that I am feeling a lot better, we are using a more disciplined approach with formal curriculum.

    Even though I feel great now, I've learned to budget my time carefully. I need more time to recover after a busy week, so I try not to overdo it. I'm also picky about curriculum. I don't want to commit to anything that is overly complicated. I need open-and-go, and supplement heavily when I'm feeling great.

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    When my anxiety and depression gets done I have a hard time focusing on getting school done. Sometimes I need to slow everything down or just take some time off.
    Teemie - 11 years old, 6th grade with an ecclectic mix

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