Post Edited (7Lil) : 1/25/2007 10:20:15 AM (GMT-7)
Okay, I might get some wrath here...but have you tried anything to control your symptoms so that you can stay in school? I ask because in my opinion (and I must emphasize this is only one person's opinion!), during these years of your life, it is best to stay in a normalized school setting, among your peers. It's a crucial time in your development and I fear that if you stayed at home because of nervousness or anxiety about your bowel problems, it could heighten them down the road for you during adulthood.
I know how terrible bowel problems can be, and how hopeless people feel when they are enduring them. I know it's embarassing, especially for a young person, to be going to the bathroom all the time. But I wonder why no one has suggested treating the symptoms with something that will make it bearable for you to be in a regular school setting.
I'm not saying homeschooling is bad by any means! I think it can be really beneficial for some kids. But if you have been raised going to public school, and suddenly you are home-bound, that can be a pretty big whammy for a youngster. I'm going to read your other posts to see if I'm missed something, though.
I just re-read some of your posts. It looks like you've tried a bunch of different stuff to control your symptoms. Trust me, I know how that feels! It sucks. I feel for you. It sounds like maybe you are considering this home-schooling on a short-term basis, which may be the answer...I'm just really gung-ho about kids being around their peers as much as possible, if possible!
I'm 27 (so much older and wiser! Just kidding), but I can sympathize; two years ago I missed a lot of work due to my illness, but I found that being around my supportive co-workers, even if it didn't make my symptoms improve, helped cheer me up more than being at home did. I think people with these kinds of troubles need to rely on as many supportive people as they can. It sounds like some of your teachers are pretty supportive. Have you tried having a meeting with your parents and the school principal to see if there's some accommodations that could be made? Maybe some home-based learning in the morning, when you feel the worst, and then going to school in the afternoon?