It has been forever since I wrote a Life with the Lauries post. I am breaking this huge update down into 2 parts. So much has happened and is happening in this busy spring season that I don’t want to overwhelm you but would like to share.
The simple starter question is How are things going? Great my friends!!
I haven’t had an infection or been in the hospital since December! I have had tummy tube problems but they are easily fixed. The only dark cloud in the medical sky is my daughter broke her foot.
Her leg fell asleep and she thought she could still walk on it. Nope. However the orthopedist said it was a very simple fracture that with a hard boot on and limited walking would heal on its own. Given our dietary restrictions I called her dr that helps us navigate the gfcf waters and upped some minerals and vitamins to be sure her body gets all it needs to heal.
Homeschooling was great this year. We had a long stretch of working about 10 weeks before convention season started. I knew that once we were on the road while we would be learning all sorts of great things they would not be textbook learning. We focused on things like math and grammar that would be harder to do on the road. I left the literature, field trips, and hands on science and history for our trips.
My son had decided that math stinks. We are on the hunt for a new curriculum for him. There are tons to choose from but right now he seems to be going through a very picky time.
I offered him an online course since he loves tech. No that’s not math that’s computer time…
I offered a DVD series that would go at his speed. No that’s tv and you can’t learn from tv. I don’t know where he got that gem but he’s sticking to it so no DVD.
I offered Life with Fred but it was ‘too wordy’ that’s not a math book it’s a language arts book. Sigh…
Finally I told him he had the choice between these 3 workbooks. He either chooses or I will. Frankly I think he is happy with the workbooks and happy with me choosing for him. I hadn’t realized until with went through the Teach Them Diligently convention hall and showed him the math options he had how overwhelmed and frustrated by math he has become.
I will be buying his math workbook this weekend at Sandusky, Ohio Teach Them Diligently. Then I will sit with daddy and plan a way to make math less of frustrating subject for him. He will be dealing with math all his life. Lets not set him up for a life time of frustration when if comes to math.
On other homeschooling fronts foreign language is going great for everyone in the house. Mango languages is awesome and they are learning independently. Art and creative writing is going well as two of my daughters are creating a comic book/ anime together.
The kids are much calmer this semester than last fall when I was in and out of the hospital so much. Our life is returning to normal. Thank you Lord!!
Tomorrow will be part 2 of our life update. Convention season!
Today I am starting a Not Sale, Sale. Sounds a bit nutty but it’s a fundraiser for a very important genetics appointment all 5 kids and I have to go to in May. We are going to have to pay for everything including the visit because at this point the insurance is considering our request which generally means our request has fallen into the abyss of paperwork never to be found again. No matter we have to go!
This doctor is one of only a few in the world that can help guide us to proper testing, possible drug tests through NIH, guide our doctors in care options. She will be the one that can tell the VA or the disability people in her medical opinion based on testing and clinical observation (as she has repeatedly said) that we have mitochondrial disease. The sad thing is the VA wouldn’t accept her previous reports because they were over 12 months old (they were 13 months! Old grrrrr).
The Not Sale, Sale will help us to pay for our hotel rooms, travel, food, and the actual appointments. Here is the article I wrote the last time we had to go to the genetics doctor, Traveling to a mitochondrial disease specialist in Atlanta!