Monday, March 5, 2012

The Dreaded Sick Side Waiting Room

The pediatrician should know us very well by now.

Here in the past month, no lie, I have been to the pediatrician four times.  Now luckily one of those was for Hattie's six month well visit.  First Molly had pink eye, a sinus infection, and a horrible ear infection.  All at different times, hence all the visits. (yes she is in her rainboots and pajamas, I just did not care or want to battle the changing of clothes)

Now poor Hattie has pink eye.

Does anybody else feel like you might catch something just walking through the sick side waiting room?  It is so weird I used to teach children with special needs that would drool and wipe things on me and other things in the classroom and of course they were sick at times and it never bothered me.  I just knew well if my immune system is not used to them by now I guess I will get sick.  Even if I am around other kiddos or a parent and get the call that "hey just giving you the heads up my child has....fill in the blank"  I say thanks I will keep watch and just think well if my kids and I get it, it is what it is.  I can't keep them from not ever getting sick, but don't get me started on parents (none that I know personally) that bring their kiddos around knowing they are contagious.  Anyways, for some reason when I have to wait too long in the sick side waiting room I start watching all the other kids and think "I wonder what they have", "Is is really contagious" which I am sure they are thinking the same of me and my children.  Now here is the part that drives me crazy.  My sweet little Molly will be all shy around friends kids to the point she will not play with them but by golly we meet a stranger and Molly will make best friends with them.  The park, the grocery store, and even the doctors office, especially if they like to look at the fish tank where Molly always goes to.  That is her place to strike up a conversation.  For example: "Hi my name is Molly.  It starts with a M.  I am three.  What is your name?"  and then she tells them all about the fish she sees in the tank.  Sorry for the long story to bring back around to so now my child is face to face with another sick kid and I can only sit there and think "what does that other kid have!" 

Hopefully here is to the last sick visit for a while!


Sherry said...

Poor Hattie! And Molly! And You!!! I am so sorry! We went through that same season last year where we were seriously sick from January-May. And I hate going to the doctor and waiting forever with two kids!!

I hope they are all better!!

Anonymous said...

Oh poor Hattie. That just looks miserable! Molly, you are too funny. My office doesn't have a sick room but I do always glance around and try to figure out what the kids are in for :). We are all going to get sick somehow right?