As a homeschooling mama, I am used to the question of “What do you do if you don’t know something?” My homeschooling approach comes from the skills I learned working as a nurse in the ICU for a decade. When our doctors couldn’t figure out a tough case, they called a consult, bringing in an expert who looked at the situation from a fresh perspective, evaluated the possibilities, and could come to a likely conclusion.
My homeschooling consults range from a handful of vocational teachers, our local librarians, the kind folks at the nature center, and seasoned mothers who have walked this path before me. At home, I can easily grade a math test, correct a spelling drill, or listen to reading to gauge educational ability. However, when it comes to evaluating developmental and physical milestones, I’ve learned it's hard to assess my own children. Without having a room full of other children their age to compare them to, I feel a bit lost. That’s where establishing a relationship with a care provider is essential.
A well-child appointment is an ideal time for one of our providers at Integrative Family Medicine to get to know your family. At these appointments, your child’s size and overall health will be assessed. Their vision, hearing, speech, physical ability, and interpersonal development will be evaluated as well. If necessary, we can refer your family to the appropriate specialist or therapy. Summer is right around the corner, and it can be a great time to give our kids a little extra TLC to be ready to tackle the next school year.
Since we treat all ages at Integrative Family Medicine, we don’t neglect the needs of parents! Homeschooling parents rarely get a sick day. The lessons just keep piling up. Luckily we’re here to help. Established patients (adult and pediatric) can call or email us to be worked in for an urgent/sick-care appointment. Often, we can provide IV nutrition services to adult patients (18 years and up) right after seeing a provider. IV nutrition boosts the immune system, delivers hydration, and can improve illness symptoms. Your children are welcome to come with you. We know the sacrifices homeschooling families make, and one of them being reliable childcare. We have coloring books, toys, and snacks to help during the wait.
Here at Integrative Family Medicine we can’t wait to partner with your entire family on your homeschooling journey. Establish care with us, and consider us a ready and willing “consult” when you need that second opinion.
Sara Lynn, RN, BSN
“If you don’t invest in your health, no one else will.”