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  1. flystorms's Avatar
    Great to see and catch up with you again too, Stewart! You are so much fun to watch!
    - Kari
  2. pwb's Avatar
    It sounds like the pool might have been akin to the old SMU pool, but maybe a little worse?

    Those are solid swims and now you have times in those events. Nowhere to go but faster! I suspect your 400 IM can be much faster than that given that your 200 is about where I was recently. Someday we'll have to race each other
  3. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    If you don't get satisfaction at the school level (teacher- principal), you can bring the issue to the district office (superintendent) and then to the Board of Education (BOE). Teachers and administrators don't like to be by-passed, so it's good that you've made the school level contacts. You and your daughter are probably a better judge of whether these events were "coincidental" or systemic and whether there is something wrong that could and should be corrected. Ultimately remember the BOE is typically parents, like you, and they will be interested, listen and expect recommendations from the administration. [I was on a BOE for 12 years]

    Great to see you are getting her to a neurologist for check and monitoring.
    Thanks Bill. It looks like we are going to be able to meet with the principal on Wednesday morning to discuss this further. If we don't get a satisfactory answer I will most definitely go up a few levels.
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Thanks Patrick. He has to go back on Monday so we should know more then. He seems to be doing much better. We are trying to setup a meeting on Wednesday with the principal. The principal emailed yesterday with the first apology and a very nice email offering to review there procedures with us and saying they wanted to find a solution. That all said it took two days and all of her staff who had emailed previously were pathetic and never addressed my question related to specifically how they were going to safe guard my kid.

    I think ink your probably right about my daughter and wife. They are quite alike and seem to clash on the smallest things. Or at least they seem small to me.
  5. pwb's Avatar
    Stewart, I really hope your son's scan and neurology visit goes well. That sounds like a very scary incident and that the school is completely mishandling it. I have friends who had a similar incident with concussions (same aged boy), but it was bullying. Unfortunately, the school did such a poor job of managing it that my friends ultimately moved schools so their son was not in that environment.

    As for your daughter, having seen two older girls through their middle to high school years and now having my third approaching that (she'll turn 12 soon), all I can say is that this will probably be a time period where you're going to have to offer A LOT of emotional support to both your wife and daughter. There's something about mothers and daughters at this age range; hopefully you can play the peacemaker!
  6. Sojerz's Avatar
    If you don't get satisfaction at the school level (teacher- principal), you can bring the issue to the district office (superintendent) and then to the Board of Education (BOE). Teachers and administrators don't like to be by-passed, so it's good that you've made the school level contacts. You and your daughter are probably a better judge of whether these events were "coincidental" or systemic and whether there is something wrong that could and should be corrected. Ultimately remember the BOE is typically parents, like you, and they will be interested, listen and expect recommendations from the administration. [I was on a BOE for 12 years]

    Great to see you are getting her to a neurologist for check and monitoring.
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Nope, don't.

    Head injuries aren't to be messed around with. One of my swimmers was recently knocked out by a car and has a brain bleed. He is being monitored for cognitive and motor impairment. I'm sure the neurologist will send your son for a scan. Obviously, he won't be going to PE class anytime soon. But changes need to be made in the future. There is no way he should be in a class with the offending kid. Even if the kid didn't intentionally hurt him, they need to be separated. Lil Fort was the subject of some bullying in third grade. It's the only time I've ever intervened at school; she never had the kid in any class of any sort again.

    I really hope everything is OK. There is nothing worse than having something happen to a child.
    Agreed on all fronts.

    We spoke to the principal this morning about my request for a meeting and he did not even ask how my son was doing. Its the little things that make all the difference when communicating and they give the impression its no big deal, which annoys the snot out of me.

    I don't think the kid meant to hurt my son and would not put it into the bullying category which in my mind is another terrible, terrible thing that when unchecked becomes cancerous to a culture, especially kids, since they often don't have the self confidence and skills to handle it.

    My son is up and moving this morning and he seems fine which is great but lets see what the neurologist says.
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    I won't let this drop. It's too important.
    Nope, don't.

    Head injuries aren't to be messed around with. One of my swimmers was recently knocked out by a car and has a brain bleed. He is being monitored for cognitive and motor impairment. I'm sure the neurologist will send your son for a scan. Obviously, he won't be going to PE class anytime soon. But changes need to be made in the future. There is no way he should be in a class with the offending kid. Even if the kid didn't intentionally hurt him, they need to be separated. Lil Fort was the subject of some bullying in third grade. It's the only time I've ever intervened at school; she never had the kid in any class of any sort again.

    I really hope everything is OK. There is nothing worse than having something happen to a child.
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Good luck.
  10. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rxleakem
    I would try to get some more info on the incident as well; it seems strange that a similar event has happened with the same people involved, and your son being injured in the process.
    the PE teacher is retiring and I get the impression from his email that's he does not want to deal with this. His attitude is so poor. I get he can't accept responsibility due to fears about being sued but how about letting us know he saw the event and his description of what happened and that he and the principal would be reviewing how they run there classes. I got a crappy non informational response that gave the impression of I don't really care and it's no big deal. I won't let this drop. It's too important.
  11. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    I think you or your wife need to meet with the principal of that school. It is simply unacceptable for that to happen twice. And that kid may be the problem.

    Your daughter is 12? I have found the dynamic between teen and mother to be fraught with issues, and often unpleasant. It seems like they like to take out all angst on the mother. I thought Lil Fort (now 14) might be different than my older daughter because she was a relatively easy kid, but that is not the case. Sigh.

    Just go easy tomorrow for your meet.
    we jointly worked on an email to the principal and the PE teacher. In the email we expressed our concern that this happened twice in the same class with the same teacher and involving the same child within three weeks. We asked what they were going to do to ensure us our child will be safe. We got a very quick response with a bs response about how the environment was safe and he was working with rambunctious children. I worked on a very direct response saying as parents of two children we understand rambunctious but we also understand what a safe environment should consist of and wanted to know what they were specifically going to do to ensure the environment is safe. We got another crappy response from the PE teacher but no response yet from the principal. I plan on meeting with the principal and asking for specifics. I was and am ticked off. It's my child and they don't give me anything.

    My my daughter is 11(going on 21) and she and my wife hit heads a lot. It's funny because if my daughter gets upset she still runs to Mum but they argue a lot. I think they are both strong willed. I think my daughter gets this from both of us. We will continue to work with her. I try to stay out of it because I just make it worse however as needed i support my wife.
  12. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    My understanding is that two concussions within a short time frame is very serious indeed. I would immediately, (like tomorrow) go to a neurologist who has experience with concussions in adolescents. I also second what Fort and Rx have to say and suggest that you find out as much as you can about the "events". A kid at my daughter's school got a couple of concussions (from ice hockey) a few years back and recovery was very difficult. Don't mess with it.
    My wife took control today and took my son out of school right after the accident and took him straight to his pediatrician. His pediatrician checked him out and she made some calls and he has an appointment with a neurologist at children's hospital tomorrow morning. This one does not appear as bad as the last one but he was struggling with remembering his address and phone number. The last one he was slurring his words. I am very hopeful he will be fine but it's scary.
  13. Karl_S's Avatar
    My understanding is that two concussions within a short time frame is very serious indeed. I would immediately, (like tomorrow) go to a neurologist who has experience with concussions in adolescents. I also second what Fort and Rx have to say and suggest that you find out as much as you can about the "events". A kid at my daughter's school got a couple of concussions (from ice hockey) a few years back and recovery was very difficult. Don't mess with it.
  14. rxleakem's Avatar
    I would try to get some more info on the incident as well; it seems strange that a similar event has happened with the same people involved, and your son being injured in the process.
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    I think you or your wife need to meet with the principal of that school. It is simply unacceptable for that to happen twice. And that kid may be the problem.

    Your daughter is 12? I have found the dynamic between teen and mother to be fraught with issues, and often unpleasant. It seems like they like to take out all angst on the mother. I thought Lil Fort (now 14) might be different than my older daughter because she was a relatively easy kid, but that is not the case. Sigh.

    Just go easy tomorrow for your meet.
  16. rxleakem's Avatar
    Hi Lucy,

    The Shark swim that I do is a little different than the freestyle drill that you are looking for help with. I was able to find a video that might help with the drill

    I think one of the keys to this drill is having a strong enough kick to stay horizontal on the water, and the ability to have air in the lungs to help with buoyancy. I would suggest making sure that your body returns to horizontal when you are in the "fin" stage. Also, using a pull buoy for the extra flotation might help keep you body from sinking.

    I hope that this helps you out
    Updated March 28th, 2015 at 11:39 PM by rxleakem
  17. lulu393's Avatar
    Hi,

    I'm really struggling with the shark swim drill and looking for some pointers. Any advice would be great. Here's what I'm doing: I start on one side with arm extended under water, the other arm above water resting on my side-drag my finger tips through the water leading with elbow. I start to sink when fingers reach my waist. Either the top half sinks or whole body.

    Thanks,
    Lucy
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