Well, can you stand a little honesty? A little homeschool reality?
We did not have a good week!
Ladybug began to get sick on the way home from our vacation. By the time we got home she had a full-blown respiratory virus. Ohh the coughing! Then Ladybug progressed into tummy troubles which ended in a bad diaper rash and a trip to urgent care for medicine.
Tiger went down and Bee followed shortly. When they get a respiratory infection it doesn’t go well. The coughing lasts for weeks!
Bee also made a quick trip to urgent care for breathing treatments and meds. She was diagnosed with severe bronchitis, progressing into pneumonia. Tiger’s severe respiratory infection seemed to stay somewhat under control with cough medicine, humidifiers, and vapor rub. Curly tried so hard to stay well, but by the end of the week, she was falling fast. She had terrible congestion and coughing.
I cancelled all of our activities for the week and we camped out at home. The house reeked of Vick’s Vapor Rub. The coughing hasn’t stopped. Steamy showers, up at night, total misery.
What happened to school?
Well, we did get some school done. Tiger and Bee listened to chapters from Wizard of Oz. Curly and I read a mystery book together. Tiger did some reading to me and a few math pages. We also read his science and history in our bean bag chairs. Curly did quite a bit of her school-a little science, math, and spelling. We’re a little behind in history and in reading though.
The kids did puzzles and we played games. And we watched lots of movies. Lots of vintage Sesame Street episodes, Blue’s Clues, and Kipper.
Every afternoon was declared naptime and everyone was put in separate rooms with humidifiers and iPods.
I think I made oatmeal for breakfast every single morning. For lunch all the kids would eat was smoothies (with added vitamin C) and sometimes a baked potato. For dinner, soup was the menu item of the week. One night we may or may not have had popcorn and fruit…. Snack time was muffins, pretzels, and juice. You just do what you have to do!
I lived in a fog of exhaustion and weariness as I refilled humidifiers, filled water bottles, cleaned bathrooms, and started steaming showers for little coughing people. I was a walking medicine cabinet with decongestants and cough medicine.
In addition to our week of sickness, we had a death in the family. My grandfather went home to Heaven after battling cancer. It was such a bitter sweet time. And with the kids’ sickness, I was unable to fly home.
So, I don’t think any of my plans were finished this week. Books were started and left unfinished. Planned art projects were never started. Some subjects were never even begun. I didn’t menu plan and we ran out of groceries. By Friday, Prince Charming had to come home and stay home for the afternoon to help out. He made several grocery runs and lots of pharmacy trips.
That’s our homeschool reality for the week. When sickness hits, sometimes it’s time to take a break, circle the wagons, and put in a movie.
Now I have the weekend to plan for a new week. On the top of my list is to menu plan and get some groceries! Next up, plan some fun projects and read alouds. We had a nice break with movies but I can’t wait to get back into a routine.