When the Kids Get Sick

We had a super fun weekend with friends that included sledding for their boys and Eddie, ice cream sundaes that looked like snowmen, cards and wine for the adults, and lots and lots of laughter.

A couple times on Saturday Eddie complained that his tummy hurt.  Once it was before we ate and he said he felt better after having some fish sticks and raisins.  Then later when all the boys were getting ready for bed, but he took the biggest dump I have ever witnessed and then felt great.

We thought maybe he just had some digestive stuff that was funky due to being tired (no nap on Saturday) and excited about all the fun with friends.

Then he threw up in the car.

Really we still thought it was just late night upset tummy. It WAS after 1am and it had taken him a while to fall asleep at our friends’ house and now we were waking him back up to take him home.  I tend to get nauseous when I am over-tired too.

Then Sunday he had a fever of 101.

fell asleep while playing mario is a definite sign something is not right with this guy.

fell asleep while playing mario is a definite sign something is not right with this guy.

We had to keep him home on Monday.

But we both work, which means we have to decide which is the least inconvenient person to stay home.

I volunteered to stay home Monday since Cortney doesn’t get paid if he stays home (he is hourly and I am salary with a certain number of sick days per school year); however, I would have to drive to school to get sub plans together which would mean more than an hour of driving in some pretty crappy weather.

Cort decided it was more convenient for him to stay home since he has less than a 20-minute round trip to work and minimal notes to leave for their weekly Monday meeting.  He gathered some files so he could do some billable work from home.

Yesterday, I made sure to get sub plans together in case Eddie needed another day.  And he did waking up with a 102 degree temp in the middle of the night.

My patient.  Feverish, but downing fluids and resting like a champ.

My patient. Feverish, but downing fluids and resting like a champ.

Today has been much like yesterday, which means Eddie will probably have to stay home at least one more day.  Since I am not at school to make more plans, Cort is prepping to take another day of no pay to stay home.

And tomorrow, when I go in, I will have plans for Thursday just in case Eddie needs yet another day.

It is not ideal at all.  It pretty much sucks when either one of us has to stay home.

Cort staying home means our household loses that pay and the clients he works with and the company he works for loses their estimator/sales guy for the day.

My staying home means my students may not be getting all they can out of their class period with a sub. It also means shuffling of plans for something a sub can handle…and because I teach a foreign language, unfortunately means busy work or group work on a project (which may or may not be as focused as it could be if I am there. Really depends on the sub).

The policy at our daycare is if one kid is sick, you keep all your kids home.  So Charlie is here too.

The only one of us who got the flu shot. Let's hope that it keeps him healthy.

The only one of us who got the flu shot. Let’s hope that it keeps him healthy.

Someone asked me the other day what in the world we do when a kid is sick since we both work.  The answer is that we take care of the sick kid making whatever sacrifice we need to.

Just like households who have a stay at home parent do.  I’m pretty sure no one will tell you that it’s a piece of cake to have a sick kid.  Yes, we have an added complication with having to have one of us stay home, but it’s what is best for Eddie.


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