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Migraines & School

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  1. Michelle,

    That may not be as big a problem as you think. Let me explain...

    First, it might be helpful for others to know that children that miss an excessive number of school days due to illness can receive schooling at home. This admittedly does take a bit of effort, but there is no reason for a child not to be able to finish high school and graduate.

    That is no longer an issue for you because you are too old for every state that I am aware of anyway. If you were within the age limit, most states have an online program for homebound students to complete to prepare for the GED exam.

    My suggestion for you is to look for an online program that you can complete when you are able. There are many within a very wide price range. There may be one free of charge for your state. There is also the option of checking with the local community college to see if they offer a GED program that might work for you. One other option is to find a homeschool curriculum and use it. The best way to find one of those is to locate your local homeschooling group and talk to them. Not only will they be full of information that may be helpful, but they may be able to locate a used curriculum for you to borrow or use. Sometimes public libraries carry curriculum, can order it for you to borrow and use, or even sponsor GED classes.

    Don't be afraid to ask people for help. If you know a local teacher, they may be an additional source od useful information for your particular area. It may take a bit of digging, but there are programs and people willing to help you out there. The trick is locating them. Persistence will serve you well. 😀


      I'm sorry you have not had andy medications that work. I'm kind of at that point right now too. Fortunately I'm out of school but when I was in college I went through a period where I missed a lot of school due to migraines. After missing a couple of weeks I signed up with the Student with Disabilities Resource Center. I'm sure every school has one.

      The center was really helpful as far as being a resource for me to communicate with my professors. I could sign up for classes early, miss a few more than the allotted classes per semester, and schedule exams if needed. (most schools interrupt sleep schedules by having a 3 am registration period and everyone knows irregular sleep doesn't help with migraines)

      Anyway, talk to your doctor about writing a letter so you can share it with your school's center and hopefully you can feel a little less stressed about missing classes. Happy and healthy thoughts to you!

      1. I am going through an issue with my daughter and absences due to her migraines. Fortunately, her school does not count against her absences that are excused with a doctor note - so her neurologist has given a "blanket note" that explains her migraines/triggers and that will miss school due to her migraines. Her high school is fine with that, her PE teacher however is not! I cannot begin to describe my frustration with this woman who tells me that because it is a participation class, the normal absence rules do not apply! As of now, only a month into the new year, my daughter already has 6 absences and so she will be getting an "incomplete" and will have to re-take the PE course! She is a HS sophomore and is an A/B student. The PE teacher told that maybe in a few years there would be a cure or better treatment for her headaches and she could re-take PE then, of course she may not graduate on time - all this because of PE!! So, I began to "politely" try to explain migraines to her, I could have been talking to a brick wall! The PE woman then asked how in the world she would ever make in the working world. And this is an "educator" I explained the ADA act and workplaces making allowances for employees such as no perfumes. She would only keep telling me that my daughter needed to complete PE somehow. SMH

        Has anyone else had to deal with this??? The guidance counselor and her other teachers are very understanding for the most part, but this PE woman will not budge! She told me that it would look bad against HER if she "let" my daughter pass PE without the proper level of participation (?) ARGH!!! I also have chronic migraine and this is triggering one!!!

        1. pooh2you - She probably needs an IEP. This is likely the only way you can *force* this teacher to do the right thing. Each school will have specific rules on how this is accomplished. They should be in the pamphlet you got from the first day of school. If need be, each state has child advocates that can help you through the process. This is what we had to do for my son. It was a nasty process because I really had to fight hard for my son, but boy did I learn a lot. Hang in there. Be polite and patient, but remember that you are all that stands between your daughter and her success or failure at school. You are her advocate.

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