The parents of Joshua Davis, a 10 year old boy from Gillingham, have spoke of their heartache as their son was recently diagnosed with Homeworkalitis, the debilitating illness which affects the neural pathways of a child’s brain causing them to become allergic to anything relating to extra curricular school work in the home environment, and in particular, pencil and paper.
“We were just devastated when the doctor gave us the news,” said mum, Liza, clearly struggling to hold back her emotion. “He’s such a bright kid too, and with his whole life ahead of him. I just don’t know how we’re going to cope,” she finished, through teary eyes.
Joshua’s dad, Jimmy, was also upset, “To be honest, I just can’t believe it” he said, “You hear about this sort of thing happening to other kids but never expect it to be your own. And when it does, it hits you like a ton of bricks. I’m still in shock really” continued the stunned father, obviously still coming to terms with the diagnosis.
But according to the BMA, Homeworkalitis can affect children as young as 7, and can be very difficult for families of those who suffer to deal with. Symptoms can include, sudden feeling of nausea, palpitations, loss of breath, light-headedness, irrational behaviour, and in rare cases, violent outbursts accompanied by much petulant whinging. Any, and sometimes all of which can be brought on by the merest mention of the word homework.
However, according to Dr Jenny Wren, of the Institute of Behavioural Studies, catching the disease is not so bad. "As long as it picked up early on, it can be dealt with,” she said, “Leaving it to go untreated however, can be serious, as by the time the child reaches adulthood, it usually develops into a more dangerous form commonly known as Skivalitis, which, if the sufferer is lucky enough to even have a job, can cause severe loss of earnings and even termination of employment.”
Asked how Joshua was coping with his ailment, his father replied, “The boy's been on a rollercoaster ride since the news, but he’s managed to find solace in his PS3" where according to his sister, he's already completed Grand Theft Auto V.