Sick and missing school: what are . . .

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Sick and missing school: what are . . .
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Mon, 09-22-2003 - 3:58pm
the "rules" in your home?

Are they confined to bed/couch for the day? What activities are allowed? Do the rules change if they start to feel better later in the day?

I was just curious to find out what everyone else does in this situation. I'm looking forward to reading your replies.

Best Always,

Sherrie

Sherrie Rainbow

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Mon, 09-22-2003 - 4:08pm
Sean is told he needs to remain in bed, except for restroom time and to let me know if/when he'd like to eat. If he wants company, he can come downstairs to the living room but again - he must rest. He is allowed to read, watch tv, play his gameboy and (preferably) nap. If he claims a complete recovery about the same time as the school bell rings, he is informed that he needs to rest for the *whole* day and night so that we can be assured that he won't have a relapse the next day. ;-) It's not usually a problem with him on school days - if he says he's sick he means it. We had trouble with stomach ailments that mysteriously got better once it was too late to go to church. That only happened a couple times, apparently he thought that it being the weekend would make a difference. LOL

Best Always,

Sherrie

Sherrie Rainbow

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Mon, 09-22-2003 - 7:43pm
My ds has been home sick since last Wednesday, he is basically moping around. Reading, playing game boy, PS2, just laying about tired. He will be out at least another day, he has an ear infection, sinus infection and bronchitis. Poor kids missed the state wide testing and the teacher isnt sure about retaking it. Oh well. I have bronchitis too, so we are resting together. He never complains about being sick if he isnt. As a matter of fact, if he says something hurts I better take him right away because he has a high tolerance for pain. He wasnt even complaining about his ears, just the cough.
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Tue, 09-23-2003 - 12:16am
((((HUGS)))) to both of you!! Sorry you two are sick, I feel for you. Too bad about the testing, though I'm sure it would've been extremely tough to take it when he's sick. Sending a bunch of ~~~~get well soon~~~~ vibes to your home.

Best Always,

Sherrie

Sherrie Rainbow

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Tue, 09-23-2003 - 12:25am
My 11 year old daughter had perfect attendance last year. But,In years past

she just wants to sleep. My 6 year old son just wants soup and to "veg"out in front

of the t.v. I do have a rule. They can take phone calls later in the day. But, no going

outside and no rough housing with each other. Since switching schools we haven't had the pretend sick days as in years past.Mitzi

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Tue, 09-23-2003 - 1:23pm
DS was only bad last year in 5th grade; he had strep and was out 3 days. He was miserable and laid on the couch most of the day; I did permit a movie here and there. Otherwise once he had more energy, I went in and got his classwork so he wouldn't fall behind, and taught him as needed to be able to complete the work.

Yanno, as much as I enjoyed getting free baseball tickets as a kid for perfect attendance (or straight A, but that's different), I really dislike those who come with horrible coughs or runny noses (sans fever) just to have perfect attendance...same with at work as adults!!

Sue

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Wed, 09-24-2003 - 9:26am

I don't have specific rules, since they haven't tried to stay home when they're not sick. We have had some anxiety/stomach ache type issues with Rachel occasionally, but we've worked that out one day at a time.


They mostly lie on the couch and watch TV. If they feel up to it, in the early afternoon I have them do any school work we know about at the time. If they're feeling better after school, they work on their school work and do not go out to play.


I really just play it by ear and don't have a set "policy" on this one.


Janet

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Wed, 09-24-2003 - 2:39pm
If they're really miserable sick well, rules don't really apply, because usually they just want to sleep or cuddle with me. On those other ocassions where my boys suddenly develop stomachaches, sore throats etc. Well, they are told to stay in bed. If they have miraculous (/sp?)recovery-which they often do, well then I find work around the house for them to do. In which case they have a sudden relapse for some reason and rush back into bed...hmmm...