July 20, 2017 by Courtney
Wow. This week has been hard and crazy and good all at once.
It started out really rough.
I went to counseling on Monday, thanks to my neighbor watching my kids. The meeting with her went really well, but my breathing/anxiety was really bad. The way home it got worse and worse and when I got home I couldn’t breathe at all and just had a really bad panic attack. And Robert worked late. And Levi screamed at me (this doesn’t happen… he was just really mad about something). Kids kept coming in and out even though I told them not to (my kids kept inviting them back in, haha). When Robert got home I just cried and cried. It got a little bit better after that, but I was still struggling.
Tuesday I woke up still feeling really bad. I called my doc’s office and they told me to come in that very day. So, Karis and I made the long trek to San Antonio (2 hours one way) while Robert had the boys with him at work.
My doctor didn’t really know what to do. She had never heard of Hyperventilation Syndrome and when she did some research she said she didn’t want to officially diagnose it without further testing. But she told me that since I was about to go out of town we could try a few med adjustments and see if it helps.
On the way there I came to some big conclusions. I realized that I had a feeling what was causing this. It all started about the time that I told the boys that I would be homeschooling them. And I have been obsessing about it because I’ve been trying to find a way to do it without taking much time each day, but still covering everything we needed to cover. So yet again I was obsessing about curriculum and methods. And I literally just COULD NOT turn it off. No matter how hard I tried. Homeschooling was all I thought about and all I talked about. With family, friends, and even my counselor. And of course here on the blog. And on Facebook. I was constantly reading books, watching YouTube videos, reading blogs, following people on Instagram… the list goes on and on.
I called Robert while in San Antonio, and talked to him about it. He was in agreement immediately. And the more I talked to him the more I realized how relieved he was that I came to that conclusion. He wanted to keep them in school all along. So, we decided to keep the boys in school. Maybe just this year, maybe longer. We’ll just take it a year at a time. Now. I will keep Karis home. She needs to be home. She has bad social anxiety and was crying every day at school. She ended up with a physical condition from it. She’s doing well at home, she’s mostly independent, and she is thriving. I also don’t want to put her in junior high in Rocksprings. It’s kind of rough.
Unfortunately the breathing issue didn’t resolve right away. It got somewhat better, but not 100%. And yesterday it was actually pretty rough. Until. I told Robert that I really felt like we needed to tell the boys for me to get better (he wanted to wait). The anticipation was killing me. I’m not good at keeping secrets, so that was killing me. I needed to get it out. So yesterday while we were driving to New Mexico (we’re here visiting my in-laws, then for Family Camp starting Sunday), I told the boys. Levi was excited immediately. He had actually brought his class picture with him on vacation :-). He misses his friends. Ethan, on the other hand, was pretty upset at first (I expected that). He is nervous about testing (state testing starts in third grade). And honestly I’m nervous about that for him, too, because he struggles with reading and math. But the more he thought about it and talked about it, the more excited he got. Then I told him that it may just be this year, but we’ll see. He told me that he wants to go to fourth and fifth grade there. The testing gets more and more difficult in fourth and fifth grades so I’m not sure that I want that for him. We’ll just see how he does. I really don’t think that I will put them in junior high, but I don’t want to plan that far out because things NEVER go as planned anyway.
Almost immediately after telling the boys (with-in a couple of hours), my anxiety got better and my breathing got better. I guess I just needed that closure. The only thing lingering is a dry cough. But as annoying as that is, I’ll take that over the anxiety breathing issue.
If this cough gets under control I will truly have a week and a half that I can just enjoy with my family here at Glorieta. I am taking cough medicine and it helps some, but it’s still not great.
I’m sooooo thankful that God made the issue so clear on that drive to my doc. I just wish I had figured it out sooner. Well. I think I knew, but I was stuffing it down, trying to ignore it. I wanted to homeschool the boys. And honestly I’m kind of sad, but since I feel better, it’s totally worth it! That was miserable!
This is a picture of Levi holding his class picture from this past year. He was missing his friends so much that he wanted to “bring them along.” He was so proud :-).
I’m happy for the kids… happy that the boys get to stay at school, happy that Karis will get to stay home and by herself. And I’m happy for me that I will get to focus on self care. I just don’t have it in me to homeschool all of the kids right now. Who knows if I ever will. But in the meantime I need to get more stable mentally. So that’s my goal!
Oh. And I’m also happy that I will get to go to town once a week and bring Karis along (when Robert is working). AA and counseling will happen more often now :-). Which is part of my self care.