Irelyn started kindergarten at the end of August. Going into it I knew that she would be getting sick and bringing all sorts of colds home because she was not a daycare kid and she did not go to preschool – so she was missing the “exposure” from all that. What I did not expect was for one of my kids to be sick every single week. WTF?
I think it’s sad that we live in a time where parents have to use public school as their babysitter and therefore are sending their kids with fevers and other symptoms to school. Parents should be able to take time off when needed to tend to their family and I realize that this is not always the case. I also realize that there are stay-at-home parents who just send their kid in, even though our particular school has asked that children with certain symptoms stay home. Parents like that need to go to mommy/daddy school.
During the time I had no kids in school my kids never got sick enough to warrant a visit to the doctor. Fevers, coughs and runny noses were not something we ever really saw. We only ever saw the doctor for their routine wellness exams. However, since the start of school we have been to the doctor approximately every other week. For today’s appointments we just brought everyone in at once to get it over with.
Irelyn has a mystery fever that keeps popping up but the doctor can see no reason for it. Thank you school for this. I am not supposed to send her to school when she has a fever that is over 100.0 degrees. She missed one day a couple weeks ago from it, and she missed today. She is supposed to be fever free without medication for 24 hours before we let her go back in. As of right now she has a temperature of 102. Which means she should stay home tomorrow. Which means I will have a kid with a fever crying because she misses school.
I’m going crazy. I don’t know what’s causing these random fevers and therefore I cannot fix it. Irelyn never acts like she has a fever, in fact, it is very difficult to get her to sit and rest. I basically have to tether her to the couch if I want to leave the room for a minute. Excuse me, dear daughter while I chain you to the sofa. It’s for your own good. Right? No.
Anyhow, I just needed somewhere to vent other than Facebook or Instagram. I, too, am sick and extremely irritable from that and the stress of three sick kids. I’m also a bit worried about this continuing when Flynn is born. I’ve never had to deal with a sick newborn so I am hoping that our immune systems have been built up by the time December rolls around.
Also, why are kids so sick all the time now? When I started kindergarten I was not sick all the time. Is it simply the fact that there were more stay-at-home parents back in the day that kept their sick kids home? I don’t think my mom was ever told, “You should get the kids in preschool just so they are exposed to colds and other illnesses before they start kindergarten.” Isn’t that some of the saddest advice you have ever heard? I was given that advice more times than I can count and while I understood the reasoning and that it was probably right, why? Why is it that this should be the case? Are we raising kids with weaker immune systems? What is the deal?
I’m just so confused. And frustrated. And stressed out. Ugh.