It hasn’t mattered what the season is, this past year my youngest son has been constantly sick! It’s a horrible cycle! I get him better, we get a couple of weeks in, and then he is sick again! We go from an ear infection to a double ear infection, from a double ear infection to strep, from strep to a stomach bug, from a stomach bug to a high fever for no reason…Oh! Let’s not leave out the last round of pink eye that landed us with a trip to the eye doctor to treat an allergic reaction to the eye drops and a scratched cornea! I mean you can’t make this shit up!
This causes major stress, that I’m sure many of you can relate to! I jump out of the shower in the morning, round up the troops, and in between repeating myself and barking orders for them to eat and get dressed and brush their teeth, I am assessing them for illness and general dispositions for the day! It’s not like we have a lot of extra time in the morning to get a proper reading, however when you get out of bed in the morning and feel like you didn’t get any sleep between the whimpering and crying and coughing and gagging coming from your child, you know you have to make the dreaded call… CALLING OUT OF WORK…
I know it’s such an added stress to our already stressed schedules. I find myself thinking…I don’t have time for him to be sick… OR just straight up denial, which never ends well, my children only get more run down and more sick! Again it becomes a stressful situation! If the children are sick it’s my work schedule that gets compromised. My husband owns his own business, so staying home means a lost day of work, which means a lost day of income. But on the other hand, the few times he has stayed home with them, I find myself feeling less than adequate for not being home with them! Sick children need their mommy!
I feel I must defend the fact that I keep a well kept home! One might wonder if my children live in filth to get so sick, but my house is kept tidy! I wonder if my tidiness is what’s making them so sick? Like I’ve stripped the house of all the germs to the point where as soon as we go into a social setting they catch everything they come in contact with?
I have asked my children’s doctor, child after child, year after year…Is he sick more than any other kid? The answers are always the same…NOPE. He is in school with lots of children, he has two older brothers…he is simply just a kid…
The moral of this post is simple. We work hard on getting to work everyday, we really should pour ourselves into our daily duties. Just not on days that our children are silently telling us with their watery eyes that they are not ready to go, and you know you have to make that call to your coworkers or employers.
My first job is being a mom, and I will pour my heart into nursing my sick children back to good health! I will work hard to play catch up at work, however nothing matters more than being with my children when they need me! Everything else, and everyone else can wait, because right now I’m working hard on being a mommy!
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