Candid: Aisha Saeed, 40, from Atlanta, Georgia, revealed the ‘sobering’ conversation she had with her children’s pediatrician about returning to school
As parents across the country struggle with whether or not to send their children back to school, a mother has revealed that her family’s trusted pediatrician told her that her children will eventually come home with coronavirus when they resume classes in person.
Aisha Saeed, a New York Times bestselling author from Atlanta, Georgia, shared the details of their ‘sobering’ conversation in a Twitter thread this week, explaining that while it’s just a pediatrician’s point of view, the doctor is someone she trusts.
“I asked her outright,” You’ve known me since my kids were little kids, what should I do? ‘
She said that while the rhetoric is that children are not so affected, she has seen many children come in with COVID. Not much March through May, but since the summer camps have started, children have come in, ‘explained 40-year-old Saeed.
“She said it’s a 10% positive test rate in their clinic. And children come in with a high fever. Not the asymptotic stories I usually hear, ”the writer continued. “Fortunately no Kawasaki either, but certainly children who are quite ill.”
“She said that if I choose to send my children to a personal school, I have to accept that my children will eventually come home with it. There is so much community here. ‘
No advice: The New York Times bestselling author emphasized that she just told what her doctor told her and told no one what to do or not to do
Brutality: Saeed was warned that if she chooses to send her children to a personal school, she must ‘accept’ that they will eventually come home with coronavirus
Saeed emphasized that she simply told what her doctor had told her and no one told what to do or not to do. She also noted that it was only one opinion and that each region is different.
‘That is it. That is the common thread. It may not be revolutionary, but it was sobering to me because headlines and experts are one thing, but a doctor I have also trusted with the wellbeing of my children since they were born … that opinion goes far before me, ‘ they .
“Also- I want to add, it was NOT what I wanted to hear. I secretly asked her in the hope that she would comfort me and talk down (like they had since they were babies). I wanted the comfort of her who brushed aside the worries. It didn’t happen today. ‘
Many parents who also emphasize that they made the difficult decision thanked her for sharing what her children’s pediatrician told her.
“I’m worried about it,” replied a mother. “We have a five-year-old. She would start kindergarten in a month. She cannot learn online. My husband and I work from home full time. If I keep her at home, I lose my job and she is delayed. I don’t know what to do. ‘
‘Thanks for sharing. I also secretly wanted to have a chat with our pediatrician and my oldest is 19. You confirmed my fear that this would be the same as the time I took my 3rd child at the age of 5 saying “it’s fine, nothing to you to worry about “and instead got admitted as soon as possible,” someone else noted.
Hard to handle: Saeed admitted she ‘secretly hoped’ that her children’s pediatrician would talk her down and dismiss her concerns, but it didn’t
Conclusion: A few days later, the author told Instagram that she has decided to provide her children with home education for the time being
“I talked to my doctor about sending my son to the nursery. He said don’t do it. Not what I expected to hear, ”another shared.
‘Turn right??’ Saeed responded. “I don’t know why, but I thought she would say it’s okay if they’re masked and distant and checked for agency workers. No.’
A few days later, the author told Instagram that she has decided to provide her children with home education for the time being.
“I sent the hardest email I’ve ever written to my kids’ school to let them know we’re not coming back. Children grieve. Me too, ”she wrote. “I promise them once it’s safe, they’ll be back. “When is that?” They ask. And I have no answer to this.
Saeed remembered looking at her own mother for comfort when she was so old, and now she’s the adult.
“I wish I could make it all better. I wish I had an answer. I’m just staring at a source of fear now, “she admitted. “Meanwhile, I’m telling them what I know is true: we can mourn what could have been, but what we have is this, now. And that also applies to each other.
“We will figure things out together in the coming year together as we have done since March and we will find moments of grace and joy alongside the rest. This is not easy. But the only way out is through. ‘
Georgia has seen a steady increase in coronavirus cases in recent months – so far, more than 121,000 have been reported in the state. Across the state, 3,043 people have died from the disease.
Grateful: Many parents who also emphasize that they made the difficult decision thanked her for sharing what her children’s pediatrician told her
Fulton County, the area where Atlanta is located, has had the greatest impact in the state so far, with more than 12,180 cases and 333 deaths.
On July 7, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms – who has been named as a potential running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden – revealed that she had tested positive for corona virus and announced plans to quarantine for two weeks.
“My symptoms are not going to get worse. they told me I have a low positive which means I’m on my way up or down. They told me to treat it like I was positive, in terms of quarantine, ”she said during a performance on GMA.
A week later, it was revealed that three people in their twenties who flew a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to northern New York on July 6 had tested positive for coronavirus the following day.
All passengers, two 22-year-olds and a 27-year-old, live in Troy, about eight miles from Albany, New York. All seven became symptomatic on July 7. It is unclear whether the passengers were traveling together.