It’s been SO long since I updated things here! I didn’t think anybody really missed me, but I should have kept it up a bit better.
Katie tried attending a good high school near us and loved it. She got great grades, was chosen to work on the yearbook (a very competitive process there), and was even made the chief photographer immediately! She was also involved in other activities and made some good friends. She really loved the art classes, in particular.
Unfortunately, her health suffered. She has severe restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia (which causes sleep problems), and truly horrific migraines in addition to being allergic to all kinds of things. The migraines aren’t well-managed anymore, so she has a migraine almost every day despite taking Trileptal as a preventive. She’s had to use her rescue medicine so much that it’s no longer very helpful, either. She just can’t get any decent sleep, thanks to the RLS and fibro, which means that she needs a minimum of ten to twelve hours every night and still wakes up unrested. And our insurance has gone stupid, repeatedly refusing to cover her allergy medications, in particular. 1They insist that everybody should be just fine with Claritin, which is available over the counter. Not so! Right now, they’re refusing to cover Provigil, which was the only thing keeping her awake enough to even consider attending school. She’s under doctor’s orders to stop driving until the sleep situation is ameliorated, and has been for some time, so she’s been delayed in learning to drive and getting her license.
So she’s back to homeschooling, which really disappointed her. We’ve decided to try making the best of it and focus on the good things. For instance, she’s no longer held back to anyone else’s learning pace and doesn’t have to jump through bureaucratic hoops. She can learn whenever she is awake, honoring her body’s need for more sleep than most people.
She wants to take college classes online, which is how I’m managing to continue my education despite health problems. I think it’s a good idea, so now we’re considering schools and money. While the University system schools here in Georgia technically have all their core classes online, the reality when I attended Southern Poly was that the entire school usually had only one or two seats for any particular course, and of course, those seats were taken immediately.
We’d love to hear about the experiences of any other homeschooled teens who are finishing high school in college, particularly those who are taking classes online.
Her eventual goal is an art school, and while a local school has an online program, I just don’t see how it’s possible to learn some things through the internet. Neither does she. So we’re also looking for good art classes to supplement whatever she does online. We’re in Decatur, and since neither she nor I am driving, close is good. MARTA accessibility is absolutely necessary!