Thursday, February 15, 2007

Sick Boy

Jack's been sick for the past couple of days. He's had a nasty cough that sounded like it was on the verge of turning into the croup and yesterday he developed a fever. I had 5 people ask me if I was going to take him to the dr. What's the point, it's a cold and I already have cough syrup for him and I have Children's tylenol there for there is nothing they can give me. I am not putting my child on antibiotics for something that's not needed to be treated by them and since the ped here thinks that they'll solve everything I try to prevent him from seeing my children as often as possible.

Last night on my way to bed I checked on him as soon as I hit their bedroom doors and he started coughing horribly so off I went to get his medicine and he was burning up. After he had his medicine and a drink of water he just sat there just dazed, so I asked him if he wanted to go to bed with me, he crawled into my arms. He layed in my bed for over an hour coughing and trying to get to that comfortable spot, he finally did. He was so hot that I felt like my own body temp went up 5 degree's from him just cuddled up to me! He did finally doze off about 2:30 thankfully and slept pretty good, coughing off and on, but not too bad. He woke up with a fever but after a dose of tylenol the fever stayed away, the coughing came less and less throughout the day. It's not gone, but it is better than the last 2 days.

The most frustrating thing to me is that I know he got this from Childcare at the Chapel. I don't understand why parents bring their child to childcare. I think it's selfish and simply uncaring towards others. I love going to PWOC, I love being the Sparks Director, I enjoy Sunday Service, and Wed Night Alive...but when my child is sick either me or my husband will be home with our child(children). Chad's the Games Director but has a great assistant and I have a wonderful Secretary so that if I HAD to miss a Sunday it's possible. I did miss Wed. PWOC because I didn't want to espose more children to Jack and didn't want to take a chance of him getting worse.

It just seems like common sense to me. You don't take your sick child around other children and expose them to what your child has. There are times when it's mandatory because you have to run and get medication or some food at the store, but you take wipes to wipe the card down, you get what you need and get out, you do things as quickly as possible. This is my job. I'm a mother. I stay home because I want to be the one raising my children. I home school Jacob because I know this is where God's led us. I guess it's priorities. Putting my child first and also considering other children up there too. The fact is, that when parents continue to take their child out into public around other children they just keep the cycle going. Your child may get over it, but it's going to come back. It's really frustrating to me. I just simply don't have the capacity to understand and well simply put I don't want to understand it.

Ok, I'm done with my rant! :)

God Bless


Sheri said...

Rant away! I just threw a fit about the same thing last week.

We worked nursery and someone brought their terribly sick 4 year old in, of course he's a very oral child, so he was chewing on everything, and I was wiping his nasty nose the entire time and even though I was hyper vigilant with the Purell my oldest son, who was helping us that day, wasn't and he came down with a nasty cold, which has in turn passed through him to each of the other kids and is now working on Mike and I.

It is PURE selfishness on parents part.

But I also have to say, when you volunteer at church they don't make it easy to "call in". So I can see why many times parents just bring their kids at least then they aren't harassed for not following through on their volunteer position.

Sheri said...

Oh geesh! I totally meant to say I hope he's better soon!!! We'll be praying!

Linda said...

I'm with you all the way. My friend coined the term "nursery nose" because every Thursday, her daughter would get sick after being in the nursery/childcare on Sunday. She boosted her vitamin C dose (more oranges and juice, etc) and taught her VERY early not to play with toys that others had sneezed on, and to stay away from kids who had runny noses, coughs or sneezes. Of course, this didn't always work.

Problem is, sometimes kids don't show symptoms at the time. They might sneeze once or twice, enough to get the germs in the air, but not have the whole cough/cold/snot thing.

Both Hannah and Scotty have just gone through this awful thing going around. Fever for several days (very high - 103.5 most days), and then the nose and cough (the sinus headaches are the worst!). Then a day or 2 later, the fever returns again! Both of them are in the healing stages now. I KNOW Hannah brought it home from school. One of the downfalls of public education. They do teach hygiene there, but still not enough....

Hugs to Jack...get better soon!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I hear you. I feel the same way. I hope all is better by now!

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