Thursday, October 22, 2009

Let’s all take a deep breath…



Now, didn’t that feel good?

This is what I would like to say to some of the mom’s I have encountered the last few days.  Let’s all take a deep breath, and chillax.  Maybe we all need a good laugh too?


Over the last week the flu and H1N1 virus have totally invaded the area.  I got an email today saying my daughter’s school is closed tomorrow.  They have had two confirmed cases of H1N1 so far, and being that the school is so small, I’m sure a lot of kids were exposed.  The email also said the Health Department recommends we do not “get together” with any other children outside of school.  What?  Even if my kids are healthy?  Yup.  Great.  It didn’t give a time frame for this though.  How about a little more detail next time?

I debated whether I should tell the girl’s daycare.  I mean if kids get sick there, it’s not like it’s going to be traced back to us, right?  My kids aren’t even sick (yet).  Am I bad person if I don’t tell?  My main reason for not wanting to say anything is because I didn’t want to create drama.  On Monday when we were at gymnastics I heard some mom’s saying they were even keeping their children who weren’t sick home!  Seriously?  People are seriously freaking out around here. 

It doesn’t help that they keep flashing all over the news that kids are dying from H1N1.  I feel horrible for the children who have died, and I certainly don’t wish that on myself or anyone I know, but you can’t keep your kids in a bubble.  In our case, by the time we found out children at the school had it, my kids had already been around them.  There is Nothing. I. can. do. about. it.  If they get sick, we’ll deal with it.  But, in the meantime I’m not going to give myself even more grey hair stressing over it and checking their temperature every 5 minutes.

However, I admit I would be lying if I said I didn’t run to Meijer this afternoon to buy Listerine for everyone. 


I was so embarrassed that I was giving into the hype, I considered hiding the Listerine under my coat.  Luckily, I quickly realized this could be confused with shop lifting, and decided against it.  By the way, the Listerine is because I read somewhere gargling with it twice a day can prevent the virus from proliferating in your throat/nasal cavity.  Yes, I told you, I gave into the hype.  Don’t worry though, I didn’t steal any surgical masks from work!

Back to the daycare.  I decided to tell the director this afternoon when I picked the girls up.  She said “Ok, well, we’ve been sanitizing everything every night and luckily we haven’t had any sick kids yet.”  Ok, that’s great.  But, then I saw her go and tell Lainey’s teacher and the teacher looked at me like I’d just exposed everyone to an STD.  Ugh.


Mrs. Marshall said...

oh goodness I know what you mean. I work at an insurance company and had about 30 phone calls today from parents freaking out "is the flu shot covered?!?!" Thanks for the Listerine tip though :)

Brittany said...

Wow... thanks for the Listerine tip!

Jen said...

First of all the little cartoon cracked me the hell up! That was great!!

I'm so over all the hype with the H1N1 thing. Yes, I know it is bad and I know it's going around. But come on there is no need to sit inside your house in a bubble. I feel like telling people to use some good old common sense...oh I don't know like washing your hands and covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough.

I must admit. I've heard the Listerine trick before and it works. Yeah, I do that too.

Also thank you for the sweet comment today on my blog and thank you for saying I'm pretty :) I didn't take it the wrong way, dating at my age is a scary thought especially when I was so happy before. I hope you are right and I hope God does have another special guy out there for me. You know i will keep you all updated.

Have a great day and stay healthy!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the tip mama!! you are soooo right, people just need to chillax! When is your b-day? Mine is the 19th. Hope your having a great day! = )

Llama said...

oh no! you did the right thing by telling the director. i hope that everyone stays healthy. thanks for the tip! have a safe and healthy weekend.

Laura and Ryan said...

I had no idea about Listerine...good tip! That cartoon was hilarious! I think it was good of you to tell the daycare but there really is nothing you can do about it.

Stephanie said...

So, a girl at work had a cold all week. Yesterday afternoon she started to throw up. I panicked and sanitized my entire desk. It is hard to panic when you hear that everyone is getting it.

Sorry I haven't commented in awhile. Niko and I are adjusting to our new schedule.

Also: didn't I hear about the anti-bully program at Assumption yesterday morning? Did you see that news report?

Heather said...

My husband was going around the other when AJ had the flu, checking everyone's head. Your right we can't live in a bubble or in fear. You did the right thing by telling the director!! Thanks for the tip on Listerine!