Seaholm students out sick
Thursday, 08 October 2009 00:00 Amanda Smith
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Fall viruses are anything but uncommon in high schools. This year, students are not only out with the common bug, but have contracted more serious illnesses that require missing school and sports.
“It feels like everyone is sick,” said senior Lindsay Moss, one of the many students who have been missing school due to varying illnesses.
“I was out for two days with a virus,” said Moss. “I had a stuffy nose, a sore throat, headaches, and [I was] so tired.”
Due to her absences, she has had a difficult time making up work.
“I had three tests this week,” said Moss. “But my teachers have been very understanding and accommodating about letting me make up the work.”
Doctor Paul Ehrmann, a D.O. at the Family Health Care Center in Royal Oak said the most common illnesses he has seen are the common cold, strep, and mononucleosis.
Ehrmann has yet to diagnose a patient with the swine flu.
Even though the number of patients he has treated this year has remained similar to previous years, he is expecting an increase in the future due to the possible swine flu outbreak.
Moss, who had heard the swine flu hype, decided to make sure her virus wasn’t anything serious.
“I went to Birmingham Urgent Care clinic and they tested for strep,” said Moss. “[It] came back negative so they assumed it was swine, but the next day I went to my pediatrician who tested me specifically for swine and it came back negative. It’s just a virus.”
Moss is not alone. Attendance Secretary Susan Pomroy acknowledged that there is definitely a bug going around the school.
“I just know that there’s a virus [lasting] three to four days,” said Pomroy. “There’s a stomach one and there is a head cold-maybe bronchitis-that are going around.”
As the threat of getting the swine flu still lingers, and students take additional precautions to avoid getting sick, but the virus continues to spread.
“Students are picking it up very quickly,” said Pomroy.
Pomroy negated the idea that the bug going around is anything as serious as Ridenour’s illness.
“This is just a simple fall virus [going around],” said Pomroy.
Senior Erica Reich took two days off of school to recuperate from her own virus.
“I had a fever, I was lethargic, achy,” said Reich. “I had a sore throat and [sinus congestion].”
Despite being sick and needing time to rest, the workload Reich accumulated over the days she was out sick kept her busy at home.
“I had to work while I was sick which was difficult,” said Reich. “So during the day when I should’ve been lying in bed, I was doing my math homework.”
Reich has not been alone in her suffering.
“A lot of my friends have been sick,” said Reich. “The bug is being passed around among students.”
While some students decide to take the day off so they can recover, others attend school knowing they might pass their cold along to their friends.
Like Reich and Moss, junior Lauren Rentschler, a member of Seaholm’s varsity dance team, missed two days of school, and was asked by her doctor not to dance at the homecoming game on Friday, October 2.
“Well, I have bronchitis, and I missed around two days of school,” said Rentschler.
“It started with a sore throat, then after a week and a half I still had a pretty persistent cough, so on Friday I went to the doctor and they gave me antibiotics, a new inhaler that I had to use twice every four hours, and they said I couldn’t dance at the game.”
Rentschler was not the only student waiting to see the doctor.
“There were quite a few kids in the waiting room,” said Rentschler.
Freshman Caroline Eaton sympathizes with the students who feel compelled to attend school even though they are sick.
“It’s hard to stay home in high school because you miss a lot of work, so I don’t blame them for coming in,” said Eaton.
Freshman Emily Potter, however, is annoyed that she is at risk of getting an illness.
“I wish they would just stay home so I won’t get sick and suffer the consequences,” said Potter.http://seaholmhighlander.com/lifestyles ... s-out-sick