One of the things that I want to talk about today is how hard it is to keep up with schoolwork. If you know anyone who is going through a similar situation, you should share some of the tips with that person.
School has been something that worried me after my surgery. Besides the discomfort, there was always a lot going on and school was the last thing I wanted to worry about. The only problem is that the longer I put it off the harder it will be to finish my work. My teachers have been good about not bombarding me with make-up work but they are reminding me that there is still quite a bit to do. I will have to finish the work over the summer to finish the 6th grade. It will be a lot of work but it's worth it.
For kids who are out of school a lot because of health or personal issues, here are some tips that might make the work a little easier:
- Do the work a little at a time so you don't get overwhelmed.
- If you need extra help, get a home tutor or ask your teachers to help you catch up at home.
- If you can, use Skype or Face Time to connect with your classroom to stay current.
Last Thursday I had my blood tested to see if my numbers were starting to trend down. When I left the hospital on Tuesday, my hemoglobin was 8.1; Thursday it was 8.3. My doctors told my parents and me that we should get my blood work done again on Monday but to also keep an eye on how I felt. Sure enough, I didn't feel good over the weekend and we ended up going in to CHOP Monday morning for blood work and possibly a transfusion. It was a good thing we did because my hemoglobin was 7.2. My dad said I turned into "kidzilla" over the weekend. I guess I got a little cranky when I wasn’t feeling well.