Saturday, March 18, 2017

Homeschool in Review End of February thru Beginning of March

Typically, I give you our week in review. However, it has been quite awhile since I last posted an update. The last week in February my mom and son became ill. We would later discover that my mom had bronchitis while my son tested positive for Influenza Type A despite getting his yearly Flu shot. We ended up taking him to the ER when his fever spiked to 106.2. Taking a child with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum to the ER is quite the experience and one we avoid whenever we can. Unfortunately, his usual doctor was out of the office. Any new procedure terrifies my poor boy. I have to explain everything and strongly encourage him. The nose swab to test for the Flu was pure torture to my poor boy. Now, you need to understand that my child looks absolutely normal. Despite having a fever so high, he was talking and joking with my mom and me as well. When the doctor came in, I tried to tell him about my son's diagnosis but he chose to ignore me. He kept asking my son questions, which my son didn't understand. Therefore, I'd have to reword every question and the doctor would already be on to the next one. *Sigh* My son already thinks the staff at our local ER are incompetent from watching them interact with me. This visit didn't improve his opinion. Thankfully, he is feeling much better as is my mom. In addition, my Immunologist and Family doctor took protective measures and managed to prevent me from getting ill as well, which is no small feat.

Twice this month, my son has attended educational series at Oakes Museum of Natural History at Messiah College. The first was with Curators Club 2 and was focused upon Forensics. It was a fascinating class. I learned new things as well, which will be featured in an upcoming blog post. Stay tuned to read more about Forensic Science and learn more about the programs at Oakes Museum. The second was a Homeschool Class on Giraffes, where my son learned about the different types of giraffe species, where they live, and why the giraffe populations are so endangered. He made a great keepsake booklet that has earned a place in our Homeschool Portfolio for the 2016-2017 School Year. Our only other fieldtrip was to tour Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. Surprisingly, they had changed some of the tour since our last ride through. Because we go to Hershey Medical Center often, we tend to tour Chocolate World at least once a year.

Speaking of Hershey Medical Center, I had a follow-up with my Rheumatologist. He will be following up with me again in May and is glad that I FINALLY have an appointment with a new Neuromuscular Specialist since mine left Hershey and I was left an orphan without a provider for awhile. I also saw my Immunologist, just yesterday, who is also glad that I have been assigned a Neuromuscular Specialist. Both of these physicians had good things to say about my newest team member, which is comforting. Both are also glad that I don't have long to wait to address some of these important concerns.

Today is a busy day. I started my IV infusion at 7 AM. After lunch, we will be heading back up to Hershey Medical Center so that I can have a Sleep Study. Then, home again in the morning for another round of infusions. Monday will finish my infusions for this month.

My son, mom, and I have been listening to and thoroughly enjoying the Audiobook version of Nate Donovan Revolutionary Spy (Crimson Cross Series Book One). I'm very glad I purchased this item and will be sharing a future post about it. So stay tuned. I will say that not only is this a great Language Arts resource but also an excellent American History Resource that has sparked some interesting conversations on our journeys.

This week's posts include:

This post is being linked up to my dear friend Kym's Homeschool Highlights link-up at Homeschool Coffee Break. Please stop by her post and see how her week went.

I am also linking up to Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

I will also be linking up to Homeschool Blog and Tell at Homeschool Post.

Finally, I will be linking up to The Homeschool Nook Link-Up Party also hosted by a dear friend at This Chaotic Bliss. Please take a moment to stop by their site and read some of their posts as well.

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