I was going to suggest you don't home school her if the only reason is because you are afraid of her catching swine flu. I think patients feel like a social outcast enough with this disease and have a tendancy to isolate. I think the only reason I have been successful professionaly is because my crohns was misdiagnosed all through high school and college so I was forced to just "suck it up and deal" no matter how sick I was. While I wouldn't wish that on anyone it taught me coping skills and ways to get through a school day sick. I now use those skills to get through a work day sick rather than worrying "what if my coworkers hear/smell my diarrhea?" If the risk gets to close to home (someone in her class w/ the flu or something like that) then consider keeping her home or asking her doctor about Tamiflu. I thought swine flu was most dangerous for those w/ healthy immune systems anyway. Long story short I think the social aspect of school is very important, especially with a chronic illness. If she was miserable in school and not doing well then it might be a good alternative but as long as she is happy and coping I would encourage that!
Usually I feel this way about
things, but having personally seen how fast this flu turns in to a bad pneumonia in a kid that DOESN'T have added risk. I wouldn't blame anyone for wanting to take that extra precaution with a child that does. While it can hit the healthy hard, most of those who have passed away from it were the ones that had an underlying health condition. Especially with children.
We started homeschooling for other reasons obviously, but to me it's an added bonus. The social aspect of public school was pretty awful here, add that with the swine flu and it makes me REALLY glad he's not there. LOL You can almost always provide kids with a lot of really quality socialization outside of school anyway. So I wouldn't let that stop someone. Frankly had I been diagnosed as a kid, with the way teachers NEVER let you use the restroom, I would have wanted to be homeschooled for that alone!
But I really do believe this is going to be a bad year, even my doctor said he's concerned about it. When we took my son in for a follow up, he said he saw 3 cases of kids that day with it. With 2 more cases the day before. Already! He said we did great getting him in so fast for treatment, and even so it got as bad as it did. I don't want people to panic, but I think too many people are blowing this flu off as nothing. Until they see it for themself.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Celexa.
Post Edited (Jen77) : 9/12/2009 9:19:45 PM (GMT-6)