Friday, March 23, 2012

no note needed

The diagnosis was pneumonia. Iggy's doctor looked at me and asked Do you need a doctor's note for school?

I guess he forgot we homeschool.

Just one week later, it was Ooky's turn at the doctor. The diagnosis was a double ear infection and bronchitis.

No.

We don't need a doctor's note for school.

In my frustration (and possible sleep deprivation) I had forgotten to count myself lucky as one who doesn't need a note. Who doesn't need to rush the kids better so I can go back to work before my boss gets too upset. Who is frantically looking for someone to sit with my kids because they can't get off the couch and I have a thousand things away from home to do. Who has to deal with a pile of make-up homework when the kids finally are healthy enough to go back.

The pneumonia knocked Iggy down for a good week. We're still working on Ooky's illness(es). But its ok. We have the time.

Do you hear that? Do you understand how big that is? We have the time! We don't have to rush. We just focus on getting better.

Life slows down for the Hmmmschoolers...and the household...when they are sick. We have that option. And I guess I had forgotten, until the doctor asked if we "needed a note", that we are amazingly blessed to be able to answer, "No."

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  1. Absolutely! When one of the kids feels "under the weather", they're encourage to stay in PJs, in bed, with lots of books, and maybe my Kindle for movie viewing, and just rest. We've caught a lot of "bugs" this winter, but guess what? Despite taking days off to rest, we're still ending our school year 6 weeks earlier than the public school kids, maybe 7 weeks! :D

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    1. Amazing how that happens, isn't it? Here's to taking breaks and STILL getting done early. :)

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  2. And how much better the boys must feel (and therefore be able to return back to their healthy selves sooner) to be comfortable at home with a mama there to take care of them who isn't stressed because she's all anxious and upset because she knows she has to get back to her "outside the home" job or she'll be the next one to get the dreaded pink slip. Living life in a more normal, healthy way . . . you're doin' it right, Mama Tea.

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    1. Thanks Mama Pea. I like to think its normal and healthy....

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  3. We finally got a chance to slow down a bit this week and it was nice...really nice! Hope everyone at your house feels better soon!

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    1. Glad you got a chance to slow down! Thanks for the well wishes. :)

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  4. I love the fact that in the Spring, when we all have a bad case of Spring Fever, we can do school outside. Makes those last few weeks so much more bearable. And I have to say, it's pretty rare that we get one sick enough that they actually take a day off of school. I totally agree, it's so nice for them (and all of us really) to be able to live life at their own pace.

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  5. I admire all of you home school parents! It is a work for sure but a good job...

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  6. Absolutely!
    We experienced that in March and April. After a particularly stressful performance week (community theater) EVERYONE in the family got sick.
    Naturally, I got it the worst, but it was almost three full weeks of CRUD.
    As homeschoolers, we were able to relax, get better, and focus on our real needs, by slowing down.

    Peace.

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