Homeschooling During Medical CrisisLisa Rupertus
It was a normal Monday morning until my husband came home from work mid-morning. He complained of stomach pains and went to rest. We moved along with school, but I knew something wasn’t right. He never comes home early!
By late afternoon we all knew something was indeed very wrong, and he needed to head to the emergency room. Long story short — after about 24 hours, we found out his gallbladder had to be removed!
This adventure disrupted an entire week, but I learned some tips for homeschooling around a medical crisis.
You are not going to be able to teach subjects from your husband’s hospital room if the kids are home with Grandmom. For us it was easier to pare down to the bare minimum of only math and Bible. The former they don’t love doing, but the latter they do! It kept them moving forward, but put little pressure on Grandmom.
Create a List
My kids have a student log where we write down their courses and check off what they have to do each day. This visual works well for my older kids to keep them on track with their work when I’m not there to supervise.
Let It Go
Tuesday was a school-free day! With Dad in the hospital, and surgery on the horizon, it was just too much for me. I let them enjoy that time with Grandmom. They cooked for her and watched movies. I like to think it was socialization and making memories!
Ease Back Into It
On Thursday and Friday, we did our pared down schedule. Dad was home but sore. He also had doctor appointments both days which meant running around a bit. Everyone was tired from the events of the beginning of the week and we all needed the extra down time. It would have been counter-productive to force them to learn when I too was brain-fuzzy from lack of sleep. The next week we were all refreshed and ready to jump back in.
My husband is already on the mend from that crazy week and we are back to our regular routine. We may have to add a few days of school to the end of the year, but I’m not stressing too much about that. The important thing is we all survived the crisis and even kept homeschooling through it.