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Middle School Welcomes Back Principal

Charles Soriano says he is feeling much better after finally getting a diagnosis just last week.

Charles Soriano returned to East Hampton Middle School on Monday after an extended medical leave.

"I'm so happy to back," Soriano said. "The kids were wonderful. They passed me in the hall and said, 'Welcome back,' he said.

Soriano, a former district assistant superintendent who took the helm at the middle school for the 2012-13 school year, said he felt "terrible" he was away from the school since late October, but he was struggling with an illness.

"Everyone was talking about Lyme's disease," Soriano said of the speculation while he was out. "That was the initial diagnosis," he said. He was prescribed nine weeks of strong antibiotics, but did not improve. "It made me very sick — I've never felt so sick," he said.

A team of doctors at New York Presbyterian finally gave him a diagnosis just last week — Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. If he moves a certain way, his heart rate may spike, he said. He was prescribed a beta blocker, and is feeling much better.

"I'm well enough to be at work. I'm very happy to be back," he said.

Retired middle school principal Thomas Lamorgese substituted for Soriano during his absence. "We've been in contact over the past few months. The transition was already very smooth today. I've seen most staff today," he said on Monday afternoon.

"We are pleased that Dr. Soriano is healthy and able to assume his role as the MS Principal," East Hampton School District Superintendent Rich Burn said in an email on Monday. "We are very thankful to Dr. Thomas Lamorgese for helping to make the transition for Dr. Soriano’s return so smooth."

So what is Soriano looking forward to?

"Getting back into observing classes. I'm looking forward to the Mad Heart Ball on Friday night and the Junior National Honor Society on Thursday. We have a lot of good things going on at the school," he said.

The Mad Heart Ball starts at 7 p.m. We hear students have been learning special dance moves, like the Merengue, just for the occasion.

Welcome Charles Soriano back to the East Hampton Middle School and wish him well. Leave a comment below.

Sophie7 January 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Nothing suspicious there
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Via East Hampton Patch's Facebook page, Nikki LaBranche said, "God Bless Dr. Soriano -- a true Hero. Best wishes and lots of love, Nikki xoox" Hampton Organic Beauty Bus A mobile Spa said, "Oh Charlie so sad to here of you being ill.. I am so happy you are doing better.. You are such a wonderful person .. Blessings and well wishes .... Karen"
Hope and Change January 29, 2013 at 02:38 PM
ok, Its the holidays and i am "so sick". for months and nobody can tell me what it is because it isn't. finally after 9 weeks of BS and lounging time, i found a quack doctor at NY Pres to arrive at some alphabet soup diagnosis that means i can go back to work. so, the big ball is friday and then we have the honor society on thursday. then we have the winter break and soon summer will be here. lets party! I just love the teachers union!
Quiet Observer February 02, 2013 at 12:55 AM
I'm not a medical person but I saw that POTS is not a disease but a symptom of something else. Perhaps I'm suing the District, hate my job and don't want to go to work disease?
Cathi Mitchell February 24, 2013 at 06:21 PM
EXCUSE ME, but I have POTS and you guys are VERY ignorant!POTS.is a form of an Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction called Dysautonomia. It is a horrid disease and I would not wish it on any of you for even 10 minutes! I am thankful that the doctors were able to diagnose him correctly and get him on a beta blocker. Some people, like myself, with POTS are not fortunate enough to even respond to beta blockers and end up bed ridden. Do you want to make fun of that too. Educate yourselves people and stop being so ignorant and hurtful!

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