Me: Hello, ms. Very Snooty, I was just calling to let you know Alex won't be at school today.
Ms. Very Snooty: Really, and why won't he?
Me: Because he's not feeling well and I've decided to keep him home today.
Ms. Very Snooty: I see. Is it a cold?
Me: No, he's been having severe headaches since Saturday
Ms. Very Snooty: Are you taking him to a doctor then?
Me: Yes, I am. And I'm pretty sure that we'll probably end up at the hospital for a few tests.
Ms. Very Snooty: Hmm, Really? Well, just so you know this is Alex's 6th day of missed school this year. I really think you should send in a Dr. Note.
Me: That's fine. I will get you your doctor note and send it in tomorrow.
What I wanted to say: Who the hell do you think you are? This is my son. And if I think he's too damn sick to send to school...then he's not going! Last time I checked you were in charge of his educational career, and I was in charge of his physical well being. If he is not physically well, he's not going to do well in his education IS HE!!??
I was shaking when I got off the phone. Seriously.
I did take Alex to the doctor and I got their damn note.
We did end up in the hospital for a CAT scan. And do you know what I did? I am actually embarrassed to say this, but I told him how cool his bracelet looked so that he'd want to leave it on and show his friends at school. Just to prove to Ms. Very Snooty that he HAD gone to the hospital.
How pathetic is that!!! And why do I feel the need to justify myself to HER! I'm all sorts of annoyed with myself.
The majority of my frustration comes from a few different sources. I am getting harrased because my son missed 6 days of school. Here's why:
September: 1 day : His grandma (she lives 3 hours away) was in town for 2 days. It was the first time they'd seen her in 2 months.
October:1 day: We had an appointment with his eye surgeon.
November:3 days: On doctors orders I had him home because he had a severe sinus infection and ear infection.
February: 1 day: I kept him home due to sever headaches so he could see the doctor. Turns out he has a minor sinus infection.
The other reasons are that 3 days this month they have spent class time watching movies. Not educational films. Movies. One was Chicken Little. One was Sky High. I don't know the 3rd one.
Also, the whole perfect attendance award and pizza party with the principal. Because of this many parents send their kids to school while ill and then my son brings it home. Then before I know it everyone in my house is sick and I've spent $40 in co-pays and another $60 in prescriptions.
And last: Every single adult there gets sick days, personal days, emergency days and mental health days. I even ran into his teacher one day in great clips and then found out that the kids had been told that she was sick with the flu. She wasn't.
So is it really so horrible that I have allowed my A+ student son have 1 personal and 5 sick days??