Friday, February 5, 2010

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.....

I have a bit of a problem on my hands.  If you've read any of my previous entries, you know that I thought long and hard, and decided to pull Maddie out of the wonderful Christian school she was in, in order to home school order to reduce her stress of being in a order to bring her A1C down.  As you may have read, everyone who should have been on my side was against me, but I did it anyway, for the benefit of my child.

It's worked, the A1C is slowly coming down, and Maddie is doing a great job at her work, and liking the curriculum that I chose.  I even went so far as to put her in some cool "home school" classes that a local group provides for kids to experience electives, be away from mom, etc.  (I know, I know, that last part defeats the purpose, but whatever......)

Lately, I've been getting flack about how I'm reducing stress now (and lowering the A1C) but when she does get to a point in her life that she experiences stress, whether it be going back to school, or just life in general, she will not be able to handle it, therefor making her A1C go up again.

Maybe I'm rambling, but I think that if I'm doing what is best for the health of my child RIGHT NOW, then I'm doing the right thing.  I'm realizing that indeed it was the stress of having other kids around, whether it be distractions, or competition with grades, tests, etc.  I've learned a lot about her since we've started homeschooling, and I feel like I'm doing the right thing for her, right now. 

Should I worry about "later" now?  Or should I concentrate on "now" now?  Or should I just do what I think is best for my diabetic child?  I mean, it's not like I'm her mother or anything, or in charge of her entire well being, or the primary care taker of this stupid thing we call diabetes.  Oh, wait--YES I AM.



  1. I think you need to do what you think is best for your child - PERIOD. Especially if she's flourishing!!!!!

    I don't homeschool - but would do it in a heartbeat if I felt Adalyne needed it.

    Seems to me that learning independence is a good her care AND for her future.

  2. We homeschooled our boys for the first few years of their education and this year, it was just too much. We now have 3 in public school and they are doing great. I wouldn't change my decision for anything. However, they don't deal with diabetes. When it's time for Jada to start kindergarten, we'll be homeschooling her. I feel like she has enough stress with dealing with this disease....then to possibly add a teacher or school nurse who doesn't understand or TRY to understand...I don't think I can put Jada in that situation.

    Not true what people are telling you about her A1C. What most people don't realize about homeschooling is that you are actually able to EQUIP your children so much better than if you just throw them out there and let them "deal". I know that's so true for my kids in many different situations they've been in. I can put my boys anywhere and they handle WELL the things that are thrown their way and I know that homeschooling played a huge part in that. I think it will ring true for diabetes as well. You have a great opportunity to build her confidence and give her the skills she needs to live well with this disease.

    You just do what you believe to be right for are her greatest advocate!

    ((HUGS)) :)

  3. Taking your beautiful child home to educate BEFORE there was a major problem was smart. Teaching her to deal with stress as she grows is what will equip her as a young woman to succeed at anything she lays her hand to. Children are supposed to be led and sheltered until they are of age, 18. Why are we as a culture trying to change that to 5 or lower for preK. Let kids be kids and learn as they grow.
    God bless
    Heather Laurie