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Last night I received a call from my SR that I wasn’t looking forward to and need some serious advice and encouragement. The call was pretty scripted started out with him stating his name and not to show up to graduation because he wouldn’t be there and said I’m sick and have been moved to ship 04-div 741...no reasoning at first so I’m thinking “OH NO what happened to my baby"...finally I was like what happened son and he said I got chest pains while running and they are thinking it’s asthma. I’ll call you in a few days and let you know if I’m being separated. Before hanging up I told him to stay strong and don’t give up maybe something else caused the chest pain. I could hear the disappointment in his voice.

He hasn’t had any issues at home while running or any other activities or working out in general, he even did Battle Frog with no issues. He's not a "professional athlete" by any means and I am sure boot camp is a bit harder. 

Does anyone know how he would be diagnosed and what makes them decide to send him home? I’m thinking maybe he could be getting sick or exhausted or maybe pushing himself too hard or possibly different climate than here (Texas) or he possibly has an allergy he wasn't aware of... just curious how they will determine the outcome. 

TIA

Hopeful Mom

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My SR is also in RCU (recovery unit) Ship 4 Div 741. I'm sorry you got that call from your recruit! It's awful not knowing all the details. Rest assured, he is in good hands with the doctors there. They will take good care of him and let him know what's going on. It might be a temporary thing, brought on by the shots they get during P-days, or a virus he picked up along the way. In the mean time, you can send him letters of encouragement to Ship 4 Div 741, 3600 Ohio St, Great Lakes, IL 60088-7103. Many times they think they are automatically being separated, so naturally feel very discouraged. If it's something minor he will be allowed to go back to a new division once he's healed up. They also get to make phone calls every Sunday so keep your phone handy! Maybe he can give you more details by then. Prayers and hugs...Suzy

Oh my gosh thank you!!! I didn't think we could send him letters there, do you think he may be in there long enough to receive them? I hadn't even been notified of his original ship/division.

He'll be there until the doctors can make an accurate diagnosis, so blood work might be needed, etc. I'm not sure but probably a week or two, depending on how fast they can get him in. My son was in RCU for about two weeks before he got to a doctor's appointment, but he had pain in his legs, not his chest. I imagine they'll get your son in faster! Either way, he should be there for long enough to receive some mail :)

Thank you

Good morning Tiffany,

Any update on your SR ? Mine got to call home Sunday twice... So good to get an update. The doctor is following up  the 1st this Thursday. I hope good news he feeling a bit stir-crazy and hearing too many negative what if's. Could'nt stress enough "One day at a time son"

He was supposed to be tested yesterday however when I talked to him Sunday he sounded like he was getting sick so I’m not sure if he got tested....haven’t heard anything yet, hoping the no news means good news.

Tiffany..

How is your son doing? I hope better! Mine is coming home for 6 months to get well from complications of pneumonia but he will be back!

Hi Amy, sorry for the late reply. He got home Monday and should also be able to go back in 6 months. Hope your boy gets better soon and back in ASAP.

Our plan also... Best wishes !

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