Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Old Sailor, Jun 2, 2011.
What happens if one is ill when checking in for I Day?
How ill? With what medical malady or misfire? What are you figurin' on gettin' or havin'?
I'm wondering how neurotic I need to be about making sure my son doesn't catch anything before reporting. Graduation is coming next week and some of the kids have colds, flu, mono, etc. This would be a bad time to get sick and not be ready to go full speed.
Minor illness isn't an issue. A major illness or injury that would interfere with his ability to participate in plebe summer (e.g., mono, broken leg) would be an issue.
stay away from mono carriers....far away. that one is nasty to recover from.
I would like to make a suggestion if your DS/DD needs vaccinations. I recommend having them receive them as soon as possible. If they are missing vaccinations they will be given them on I-day. However, the problem is that a lot of vaccinations may have some side effects including fever, malaise, injection site soreness, etc. You don't want to start off plebe summer dealing with possible vaccine side effects. So if you can, try to get those vaccinations in as much advance time before start of plebe summer as you can.
Just my $0.02 worth!
mumsyto3 - Thanks for the heads-up.
USNA1985 - I hadn't thought about mono being in the same league as a broken leg. Now I'm really nervous coming into the last month before I Day. How DOES the Academy deal with these kinds of issues when reporting?
If your Plebe gets his/her vaccinations ahead of time, make sure you bring a complete and official record, or he/she may get them again.
I-Day 2010 is still very fresh in my mind. We thought for sure that our DS was very ready for the day. However, that morning something seemed not quite right. Much quieter. We chalked it up to nerves and let it go. After swearing in and meeting up with DS, something was obviously wrong but he continued to look tough and say he was fine. We parents were beside ourselves with all manner of fear and even guilt. What did they do to him in the processing that had him looking/acting like this? For more than a week we worried until we got his first card... "Didn't feel good the first few days but all better now." Well, when we finally got a call from him, it turns out that his not feeling so well was a case of REALLY getting sick, one of his detailers taking him to the hospital, and he staying in the hospital for 3 days until they could keep food in his stomach. Now 6 lbs lighter, they eventually sent him back to his company and the fun of Plebe Summer. In the 11 months that have followed, he has added 22 lbs of muscle.
If your DS/DD gets sick, they will take great care of them. Promise. During Parent's Weekend his company comanders each spoke to us about the event. Detailing that they even asked if he wanted to call his parents. His response: "what are they going to do? Though thank you sir." As well as, we told him he could watch TV while he was in the hospital to which he responded... "my company-mates aren't watching it, neither will I. Though thank you sir."
Amen to that. I have a friend that had it last January and is still trying to recover
just say no
Just had to uninvite DS's best friend from the pre-I day beach trip. BF was diagnosed with mono 5 days ago and I just can't let DS take that kind of chance. DS is disappointed but understands what is at stake. Stay healthy everyone!
When it comes to being sick or injured - IDay is the finish line for parents. A significant part of I-Day is spent working through Medical screenings. There always seems to be 1 kid that has gotten hurt and is not fully recovered and is discovered and discharged and sent home. It is very sad to see.
That said, once plebes take the oath of office, parents no longer own their children, the Navy does. If they get sick, break an arm or leg, etc they will be treated, allowed to heal and sent back to their companies.
Between now and those last few weeks before I-Day parents have been known to "bubble wrap" their kids and be real nags about participateing in any hazarous activities. The finish line is in site do not blow it now !, seems like so short a time we were "those parents".
If you are a mono carrier, would that jeopardize USNA/Plebe Summer during I-Day?
I'm not sure if I'm a carrier or not..
What do you mean Mono carrier and you are not sure?
I had mono as a kid many moons ago and if you have Mono you do not have any doubts you are sick.
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