While I know this is the right thing to do for him, I feel sad about this. Sigh. It's just one more difficult child aspect of our life. difficult child 1 is home sick again today because of his IBS, but he is actually feeling better than yesterday. But he still feels sick even though there's no pain right now. He had a bm and felt better. Yesterday I could not get him to do a lick of homework. He went through the motions but ultimately produced nothing. Even though our psychiatrist had me reduce his Daytrana a few weeks ago to see if that would bring him out more and not be so reserved, I think it hampered his ability to be productive. So today I gave him his usual dose and he seems to be attending to things better. I spoke at length with the coordinator for the home/hospital instruction program yesterday. She assured me that we would be assigned someone qualified to teach a highschooler. They will probably have to send two people: one for his foreign language and one for the other four subjects. We're aiming for a morning session so that he can maximize the quiet time here while the other two kids are in school. I will be happy if he can keep a 2.0 or better GPA when this is finished. We signed up to have this help through the end of January which is when the semester ends. The goal is to have him transition back to a regular school day second semester, with a resource class added and possibly dropping his foreign language and/or one of his more challenging classes which he would make up in summer school. Our new therapist said he should just skip French and take American Sign Language since it's accepted as a second language by the colleges/universities in our state and would probably be easier for him to learn. If the transition back to a regular school setting doesn't work, we can go to plan B which is the alternative/independent study high school, which happens to be on his high school campus. He would study one subject for four weeks, then move on to the next subject. He would have weekly meetings with his teacher, and he would be allowed to take up to two classes at his regular school, one of which could be the sports team he's been on. THAT was good to know, since it is one of the few things he really, really looks forward to. I wish my head was more flexible about this situation, but I'm just struggling with my own "inside-the-box" thinking about how things are "supposed" to be. It's silly, I know. I'll get over it eventually. And he will get through this, too.