There are few things worse than when your kids are sick. But my kids only seem to get sick at the most inconvenient times. And then it always seems to follow the same pattern. Here is what it’s like for me when my kids are sick.
My kids only get sick on weekends when the doctor’s office isn’t open. They only get sick on days when we have plans. If it’s my anniversary then they will be sick. The first day of gymnastics, sure we will get sick. Speech therapy appointment, sick. They only get sick in the days leading up to vacation or while on vacation or on the bus leaving vacation when there isn’t a bag or bathroom insight.
My kids only get sick when the weather is bad. If it’s going to snow a few inches, someone is bound to wake up with a fever. We are never headed to the doctor on a sunny day, no we only go on days when the weather makes me want to crawl back in bed.
And when my kids do get sick. They are sicker on the day that I can’t get them to the doctor. All day Sunday they are lethargic and feverish but by the time we walk into the doctor’s office on Monday they start bouncing off the wall, smiling and looking the picture of health.
When we get back to see the doctor they will show no signs of illness. That 102 fever they woke up with will have vanished. The weird rash will have faded and the ear that “hurt so bad” well they won’t remember which ear it was because it doesn’t hurt anymore.
The doctor will examine my child who will not cough, sneeze, sigh or whine the entire time. There will be no sign of illness unless you count the bags under my eyes. Then the doctor will look at me and say, “It appears to be cold, is this your first child?”
And I will walk out the door feeling foolish and like an overly anxious parent. But knowing that if I hadn’t taken them to the doctor the exact opposite of this situation would have happened.
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