Last week, my munch’s teacher sent him to the school nurse because he kept clearing his throat in class. The nurse called me and he sounded like he had that post nasal drip that everyone is getting because his sinuses are draining. I didn’t worry. She said he had no fever and no complaints about his throat hurting.
So, what was the issue?
His throat clearing was causing a distraction. Plain and simple. Are you kidding me? He spent last week with his dad so I told the nurse that I would have his dad come and get him and make an appointment with the pediatrician. I did and he picked him up and took him to the doctor.
Verdict? It may be his allergies. Offered another medication to assist but stated that the throat clearing wouldn’t be over with by tomorrow. His dad decided to keep him home from school the next day and continue the medication so that he wouldn’t be a distraction.
Now, why am I complaining? Because this is some BS. Are you serious? A distraction? He’s 7 dang it. He can’t help it. Heck, we have to work when we lose our voice and when we have post nasal drip, but I don’t hear my employer saying, “Um, yeah, that continued clearing your throat thing is distracting, please leave for the rest of the day.” Why? Because they know I would skip my happy tale right on out the door and not give a crap about the work.
Throat clearing with post nasal drip is normal. However, giving my son throat drops like below to help with the irritation is problematic because they consider it medicine. WTH? Look educators, I can’t keep my kid out of school because he has post nasal drip and needs some dang Halls Breezers to soothe the irritation and you are saying nope keep him home.
I know that teachers have to teach, but medical issues that are not there shouldn’t be preventing my baby from learning. Heck, he needs to be in school each and every day. You sending him to the nurse made him feel bad about something completely out of his control and normal. You’re basically telling him “Stop that dang noise! It’s distracting!”
Munch was back in school today with an email that I should be called if there is a problem and that he is allowed to take the Halls in his pockets. Let’s see if I get called by the nurse or not. You know I’m watching the clock, right?