8.30.2006

Cough Hack Snort Sniffle Whine


Ugh...the kiddo's are sick today. My middle child has a fever of 102.5 - has been running it since yesterday. Although he went to the school nurse twice, they were not able to get ahold of me and so the poor baby spent the afternoon sleeping in her office. That makes me feel like such a bad mommy. My youngest has a cough that sounds like a seal - it is his normal cough for a simple cold, but it raises quite the alarm with school districts as it sounds like whooping cough.

So I called in to work today so I could stay home and take care of them. THAT makes me feel like a bad employee...

I never was very sympathetic when my staff would call in to say they were home with sick babies. Remembering all the times I rolled my eyes while talking to them on the phone makes me feel like a bad employer and friend...

I am angry at the J-Man because he flat out refused to be the one to stay home. Some important project with a deadline, blahblahblah. I am frustrated with my extended family who tells me to "just call if you ever need me!" 'cause that apparently has stipulations. My anger and frustration with other people just because I am the one to stay home to care for my family makes me feel like a bad PERSON.

So, lets recap. One kid with a high fever, one with a scary sounding cough, and me with a case of the bad's. This is going to be a great day.

7 comments:

Marla said...

I'm sorry your babes are sick and hope they are feeling better soon. It's hard being the Mama because we are pulled in so many different directions all at the same time. It's enough to make you craaaazzzzyyy. But at the end of the day you have to know that you will always, always be a Mom, not an employee :-) Hang in there sista!

Just Jock said...

So, I'm guessing it would be a bad thing to bundle the kids up, drop them off at the school nurse's office for the day?

lyssard said...

Poor kids...I'm so sorry. Remember, most of the times we roll our eyes at those that call in with sick babies it is because they abuse the excuse! Don't feel bad because of that. You have to be a good Mommy first and foremost to be a good person...period. Take care of those kids and don't worry about work! We'll take care of it! :)

terri said...

Marla: Thanks for the encouragement. I bet you never resented your girls for getting sick though...methinks you might be very maternal! I am hoping the maternal part of me kicks in very soon...;)

Jock: Somewhere in my early morning temperature taking haze, I am sure that I contemplated doing JUST that. And yeah...it seems they discourage the dumping off of feverish children. Where exactly are my tax dollars going, anyway?!
;)

MissLyss: I am hoping today wasn't the day the Health Inspector showed up - that would surely negate my bossman's willingness to let me stay home. Oh. And I am SO coming to work tomorrow. J-Man gets to take tomorrow off!! LOL ;)

Marla said...

Terri you are so funny....sickness never figures in to the plan but crap happens. I remember when my girls were little (probably 2, 2 and 3) and they all had a baaaadddd stomach virus. I had a breakdown after about the 6th puddle of puke in the carpet. I started crying and wishing I could go to work and someone else could do my job! We ALL have our moments.

Jeff said...

If someone were to warn potential-parents-to-be about the sick kid syndrome, the human species would very quickly become extinct, I believe! How much truth is there in the saying 'Misery Loves Company?'

I hope the fever breaks overnight, and the 'seal' heads out to sea!

Jeff

Quindigo said...

Oh, I hear ya', Terri - I have two sick cats at home and you have NO IDEA how badly I want to stay home with them....but apparently my boss is a heartless bastard!