Can I Get More Sick Time?
There is one thing that bugs me about being a working mom. How many sick hours you get.
My child goes to daycare and let me tell you, I feel as though she is always getting sick since she has started there.
And yet, I only have a limited amount of sick time. Sometimes I wish they would give mothers a bit more flexible sick time. Maybe a bit more hours especially if they are a single parent.
How am I supposed to be there for my child that can’t help but be sick and keep my job?
A week in December, this happened to me. Rori had come down with Hand Foot and Mouth disease since it was going around her classroom. It meant for a whole week, she was contagious and had to stay away from kids. Sure the babysitter offered for her to go over, she didn’t mind, her kids get sick and she’s fine with it. But Patrick and I just couldn’t seem to bring ourselves to think it was okay. We were seeing what she was going through and didn’t want to be the cause of it to another child.
It had started with a high fever of 104.8F on Saturday and then on Sunday, some spots started to show up. Monday she woke up vomiting so I took her to the doctors. He said it was just a virus, there weren’t any signs of HFMD. But I knew what it was, and on Tuesday night, her legs were covered in spots and she was telling us that they were hurting her.
Wednesday night we took her to the doctors and she said it was definitely HFMD. I felt so relieved that I was right event thought it meant she was going to be sick for a bit longer. By Friday, her spots were faded and her big blisters were scabbed over and she was acting like her normal happy self.
His family helped out with watching her but him and I each had to take two days off to watch her. I was Monday and Friday, and he was Tuesday and Thursday. His mother took Wednesday and honestly, thank goodness. I was already sick in late November and had to take a day off there too.
That left me maybe down to a day or two left of sick time. How am I going to make it through the rest of the year of me working there with only a couple of days left? Winter season is upon us and that means more sick days are going to end up happening, because let’s face it, it’s sick season!
This was just a small blurb today, but my question for all of you mothers out there, working or a stay at home, any advice? What do you do when you have a sick one? Stay home and cuddle? Have them sleep it off?
What about your sick time? Do you send your kid to a babysitters because you can’t afford to miss a day? Doesn’t it just break your heart? Because I know it breaks mine.
Leave a comment or email me with some tips and I’ll put together something so we can all learn from it!