Sick at School
No One Likes to Get Sick
It’s bound to happen. At some point, while our kids are at college, the phone will ring and suddenly our mature, independent college student will sound like a preschooler again. There is little worse than when they tell you how sick they feel and you are far away. Hopefully, and most likely, their illness will be a result of their new-found independence that includes lack of sleep and exercise, stress, not-so-healthy food, hygiene habits that don’t embrace enough hand-washing, and can be cured quickly and easily.
I sent my daughter to college with a “things you may need that Mom thought of just in case” box, in case you get sick. Inside I had a thermometer, vitamins, the medicines for a cold, sinus infection, stomach ache and other common ailments. If the health center on campus is inconvenient due the hours or long wait times, there are alternatives. We recommend off-campus walk-in clinics and emergency services.
There is nothing worse than calling to find out how your sick or injured student is and being told the doctor is not authorized to talk with you. We have the consent forms you need for treatment of a minor. If your student is older than 18 (and most college students are) expect that medical records will be kept confidential and released to you only with your students’ written consent or in response to court-ordered subpoenas. It is important to discuss these issues with your student prior to beginning college away from home.
Be sure your student has a copy of their insurance card. And finally, you may want to remind your students to notify their professor if they will be legitimately missing classes and unable to get work done on time, including a doctor’s note is encouraged. Stay healthy!