How Are Our Children Doing?

Young, sorrowful schoolboy sitting in front of his locker with his arms crossed on his knees. 

By Patricia Purcell, M.Ed. BSN, RN

It has been just over one year since the closing of schools due to Covid 19. For many children, it has been a year of remote learning. As some children have returned to classrooms as early as September, others are just beginning to return to in-person learning this spring. Some will remain remote through the rest of the school year. The question is, how are our children doing?

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Understanding Pediatric Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) in the School-aged child – Considerations for School Nurses

By Patricia Purcell, M.ED, BSN, RN

As a school nurse of almost 30 years, I have encountered many of the notorious “frequent fliers,” those students with everything ranging from school anxiety or avoidance to those with chronic illnesses such as Type 1 diabetes and migraine headaches. There are the belly aches and mild headaches that are many times caused by hunger, constipation dehydration, test anxiety or other school worries; usually treated with something simple like drinking water, eating a snack, taking some deep breaths, some TLC and just waiting it out for a bit.

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About Nurse Patti

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Meet Nurse Patti!  

Patti Purcell is a Registered Nurse with 30 years of nursing experience, including 26 as a school nurse. Patti has a passion for helping others to make sense of the many complicated aspects of health and medical terminology. We are delighted that she is bringing her experience to the Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association. 

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