Indoc if you are sick?

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  1. norcalmom2014

    norcalmom2014 Member

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    Hello -- this is my first post ever. My son is at 2014 indoc as I write this. We sent him with a small group of no. calif. kids and a few parents who were able to go and show them the ropes, etc. So we did not drop him off "at the gate" so to speak. But, he indicated on the "last phone call" that he is coughing and congested (probably the plane flight) Anyway -- I know I am a typical worried mom but just wondered if being sick this first week will be a setback kind of problem -- we have heard stories about how hard it is to get through these first weeks. He is pretty tough, Eagle scout, many high adventure trips, well-traveled, but a mom worries. Hard to let go of them I guess. I have read lots of the posts here and some of you are great to read -- helps me a lot with how things work there. We have never been there nor had our son. His dream was USNA but he did not get in, so here we are. We hope it is a great experience for him and leads him to a great career. He wants either Marine Corps or Navy -- flight school and engineering, perhaps a career in the end. Only the next four years will tell. Let the adventures begin.
     
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    As you allude it's probably just congestion from the flights, etc. However, if it's not they'll pick it up at "sick call"/morning muster and he'll be sent over to the Infirmary aka "Patton" There he'll be examined by the Physician Assistants and treated if necessary. If he is sick he'll then be given a "sick chit" that tells the DIs he's on reduced physical activity status or whatever the proper name for it is. If that's the case and they handle things as they have in the recent past, then you should see him wearing the sick chit on an armband in any pictures you see him in until he is back on full activity status.
     
  3. norcalmom2014

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    Reply to jasperdog

    Thanks so much. Nice to know there is a medical facility and that they do watch out for problems. Can't wait for that first phone call in a few weeks. Look forward to your posts. From what I have read, you seem to know a lot about KP. Were you a student there? I am new to this forum.
    Thanks.
     
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    Norcalmom

    I am sending you a PM (private message) which you can retrieve by clicking on the words "private message" at the top right hand corner of this site.
     
  5. g-man

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    good care

    Norcalmom,

    My son was one of the unfortunate last indoc that caught the flu and spent several days at Patton. Just want you to know that the medical staff took excellent care of him, which included sending him to local ER for a chest x-ray because they didn't like the way he sounded. Your son is now a valuable asset of the USMMA and from our experience they do an excellent job taking care of them in everyway. Also if he happens to end up in Patton he will probably be allowed to call you. At least that was the way it was last year.

    g-man
     
  6. DinghyMom

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    Yes, they are very conservative. My son fainted during Indoc :eek: and was sent to North Shore hospital ER - excellent and thorough care.:thumb:
     
  7. alicetruscott

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    sick during indoc

    Good to read others had same experience. Our son started off with a cold and developed a nasty cough. He went to the ER on day 3. So I hope he does not miss too much. I was really glad they called me, but I was told that was not a for sure thing. Son does not turn 18 until end of August so I suspect as a minor I had to be contacted.
     
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    Correct as a minor they are required by law, and every college too.
     
  9. Mindy G

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    Last year the kids were falling victim to the flu at all the schools, at least that is not the case this year. Enjoy your calls on Sunday but don't be disappointed if your plebe is not very talkative and just mutters.
     

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