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September 10, 2009 at 12:20 am #592248
Does anyone know why or what caused about 4 children to faint and more to feel ill during the back to school mass this morning at Holy Rosary?September 10, 2009 at 12:30 am #676776
Hi raingirl, do you know if there is currently, or has recently been, any kind of work being done in the church that would involve any chemicals? Pest control?
Maybe not much help, but it’s the first thing that came to mind.
MikeSeptember 10, 2009 at 1:35 am #676777September 10, 2009 at 1:55 am #676778September 10, 2009 at 2:05 am #676779
(And said with an acoustic echo ala Dana Carvey as the Churchlady on SNL)September 10, 2009 at 3:52 am #676780
Weird – they are doing some construction across the street – maybe that affected the kids. Hope they are all ok – I will pray for them, as well as all the kids who returned to school this week and the striking teachers, parents, students and administrators of the Kent School district as well.September 10, 2009 at 4:10 am #676781
rockergirl, is the building you’re referring to the school, or some other Holy Rosary building the kids may have been in before heading to the church?
MikeSeptember 10, 2009 at 4:25 am #676782
The convent across the street that used to house the sisters that taught at H.R. is being converted into a parish activity center.September 10, 2009 at 5:24 pm #676783
I am checking on this with the school. There was an aid call at that address yesterday morning.September 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm #676784
Have called twice, left voice mail, also sent e-mail, been told the principal’s been in a meeting all day. Just in case you’re still wondering.September 11, 2009 at 4:19 am #676785September 11, 2009 at 5:44 am #676786September 18, 2009 at 12:47 am #676787
Finally got a reply from Dr. Peters, HR principal, so sharing it here as a followup:
>>I really apologize for getting back to you so late on this; we’ve had our Open House and a retreat in the last week, so I’m just now getting caught up my emails. With regard to last week’s Mass, there were only a couple of cases of kids being ill that I’m aware of, and in at least one of the cases it was residual to an previous illness from which the student was still recovering. There was nothing serious involved and everyone was cleared health-wise that day. In my experience as a school administrator, it’s not at all unusual to have a student or two get a little overcome on occasion with a combination of heat (from the weather and hundreds of people in close proximity), lightheadedness from getting up too quickly, and some dehydration from exercise or previous illnesses. I appreciate your interest and if, in the future, there are questions I can answer for you about Holy Rosary, I promise to be more prompt.<<<<September 18, 2009 at 4:01 am #676788
Reading this thread I am reminded of an occasion during a catholic school mass that I fainted. I started to feel lightheaded (I agree with the principal’s assessment that in my case it was caused by warmth, close proximity, standing up quickly, and perhaps a little bit of the holy ghost) and tried to tap the teacher, who was sitting in front of me. As my vision blurred, I was unknowingly clawing at another student’s back, who alerted the teacher. Next thing you know I was laying in the library with a nun looking over me in a very concerned way.September 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm #676789
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