This was prompted by something I've just read on another thread by someone else panicking about the forthcoming tests! My DS has become ill with some kind of respiratory infection - at the weekend he was having trouble breathing and ended up in A&E attached to a nebuliser. He has never suffered from asthma and the GP has confirmed that it is probably not this, but isn't sure what it is (possibly a virus or reaction to an allergen, he does suffer from peanut allergy) and has prescribed an inhaler which seems to do the trick when DS suffers his frequent bouts of breathlessness. In between times he is fine, just tired from the recurring attacks. The trouble is that I keep having to fetch him from school and things are therefore very unsettled at the moment, so I've decided to keep him home for a few days to see if it settles down.
There has been some suggestion that DS's symptoms might be due at least in part to anxiety about the forthcoming tests. The fact is that he has been doing very well in the practices and should not have any trouble reaching the pass mark. However, even though there is still some time to go, I am worried that the stress of taking the exams in a strange place miles away combined with his volatile nature might just tip him over the edge and cause him to have an attack on the day. The question is, should I be contacting the Admissions department now to let them know that there might be a problem, as I have read that if you are taken ill on the day you can't return to the test? Wouldn't using an inhaler potentially distract other candidates? Also - should I be collecting medical evidence now at this stage, just in case we need to appeal?