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    Filed at 7:26 am under by dcobranchi

    This little boy has had a hard life already, having had a heart transplant at the age of three. He’ll be taking immunosuppresant drugs for the rest of his life:

    Mom worries about him eating at the right time; Dad fears he’ll be exposed to other communicable illnesses.

    The family checks to make sure visitors to their home don’t bring with them colds or flu because he’s more susceptible to illness.

    Antiseptic soap always is on hand in Bill Wessels’ car.

    Caution is a very good thing here. But then there’s this:

    The couple don’t want Drew to experience life in an overprotected bubble. Although he may be exposed to more illness by enrolling in school, they don’t think home schooling would be the answer.

    “Drew is so social, I don’t think home schooling is an option,” Bill Wessels said.

    What are these folks thinking!?


    Comment by
    February 27th, 2005
    at 8:28 am

    We have very close friends whose son received a heart transplant at 3 months of age. He’s now 5 and in public school. The wife is a school teacher and has to know how dangerous it is for him to be in school. I just can’t imagine the worry that she goes through every day, especially this year with flue, mono, and pneumonia so rampant in the schools. Their older son has attention and anxiety problems — they are a textbook case (no pun intended) of a family whom homeschooling would benefit in so many ways!

    Comment by
    February 27th, 2005
    at 1:49 pm

    We have a homeschool friend that is severely allergic to Dairy, Eggs & all kinds of nuts. Just a touch of some w/ unclean hands can give her hives. A publc lunch room is a real danger to her.
    She also suffers from Asthma. Homeschooling works for them because We can Visit her & coop in a safe enviroment at their home. They aren’t isolated & we field trip together to places that don’t have/allow food.