I didn't mean to, I promise ... but why do I feel like the worst mom in the world?
Momlogic's Julie: Yesterday, my 7-year-old son woke up complaining of a sore throat. He had just finished 10 days of antibiotics for strep the day before so I figured there was no way he could be sick again. Plus, I had a big day at work and my husband had a morning meeting, and we had no babysitter lined up. I felt his forehead (no fever), stuck a Scooby Doo Sore Throat Strip on his tongue despite his protests, and then sent him off. I told myself he'd feel just fine once he got to school. I sometimes wake up with a sore throat, too, but it's fine once I get to work. Plus, I figured the California wildfires might be irritating his throat as well. He'd be just fine.
I dove headfirst into my day and was buried in work when my cell phone rang at 9:15 a.m. It was the school nurse. She said my son was throwing up, was very pale, and had a fever and a headache. I needed to come get him right away.
On the drive over, I felt like the World's Worst Mom. My son had told me he didn't feel good, and I didn't really believe him. I figured I knew best, not him. And, when I was really honest with myself, I had to admit it was a "bad time" for him to be sick, so I tried to tell himself he wasn't. And I'd always hated those moms who sent their kids with green snotty noses to preschool ... and now I'd become one of them!
After I picked my little boy up, we drove straight to the doctor. He said my son's strep hadn't been knocked out by the first antibiotic so they'd have to give a second round. Guess the Scooby Doo Sore Throat Strip wasn't going to cut it. Meanwhile, I frantically tried to get in touch with my husband so I could go to work. His cell phone had died and he wasn't getting my messages. After we finally connected, he got a ticket rushing cross-town over to the doctor's. We were both stressed beyond belief and felt guilty as hell.
An hour later, we got a call from our daughter's kindergarten teacher: A boy had thrown up all over her arm. I couldn't help but wonder if that was payback or some sick kind of karma for our bad behavior.
Next time, I will listen a little better when my son says he's sick, even if it isn't convenient for me. Promise.
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