LEAVE MY KID ALONE!
So after enjoying a thoroughly relaxing Mother’s Day yesterday, it’s time to get back to my actual mom work that earns me that single day off once a year.
My son has been noticing that when he does certain things, his right knee hurts. Sometimes it's tolerable and other times he is on the ground crying. He did twist that knee in a wrestling match a few months back, so I took him back to the orthopedic surgeon.
After x-rays, the ortho said it is Osgood-Schlatter Disease, which sounds way scarier than it is. Basically, it’s an overuse injury that occurs in athletic adolescents during a growth spurt.
The treatment, right now anyway, is that he can do what he wants, but if he starts to feel pain, he must stop the activity. The doctor said he didn’t care if it was climbing stairs, playing, gym class or an actual athletic competition. If my son feels pain, he is to stop doing what he’s doing and he has to wear a knee brace.
Fair enough, I thought, but trying to keep my son sedentary, even in pain, is definitely harder than I thought. Little boys are supposed of be made of snails and puppy dog tails. Mine is made out of mexican jumping beans and bungee cords.
The doctor was kind enough to write notes to my son’s gym...oops, sorry, PE...oops, sorry, not PE, it’s now called Kinetic Wellness....teacher and to his athletic coaches telling them he may participate in Kinetic Wellness and sports, BUT he must stop activity immediately if he feels any pain in his right knee. The doctor even gave me some pamphlets to pass out to all of them explaining Osgood-Schlatter.
Well it was until Friday when my son came home limping and in pain. Of course, I immediately started in with the “you are supposed to stop when your knee hurts” lecture when he interrupted me and said he tried to but his Kinetic Wellness teacher wouldn’t let him.
“What do you mean he wouldn’t let you?” I yelped. “You have a doctor’s note.”
My son said that the teacher told him that the note said that he could return to Gym/PE/Kinetic Wellness.
Yes, it did say that in the first sentence, but there was a big booty of a BUT in the second sentence!
WTF? Didn’t he read it? I even sent along the colorful accompanying pamphlet!
This Gym/PE/Kinetic Wellness teacher is a little overboard at times. I realize that there are a lot of overweight children who eat like crap and sit in front of TVs in this country and it is a problem.
That is not my son. It’s killing him to have to sit out sometimes, BUT, he has a doctor’s note instructing him to do so.
So, what’s this teacher’s problem? I don’t know yet. I’ve e-mailed him nicely reminding him of what the note said and I’m anxiously awaiting his response.
If I don’t like it, I will head over there in my Catboots and add his name to another brick in the wall of battles Mom/JessiCat has had to fight.
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Monday, May 12, 2008
LEAVE MY KID ALONE!