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People Who Get Me and My Family Sick

We went to a public playscape the other day and I was surprised my children didn't come home with The Bubonic Plague.  It seemed like every other kid in there was snotting on everything, coughing up a lung or projectile vomiting.

I overheard one mom actually say, "We just came from the doctor's office.  He's got strep, but we started the antibiotic this morning, so we're good."  Really?  Because he didn't look good.  He looked feverish and he looked like he was enjoying licking every solid surface in the room.


"Oh I know, that junk is going around.  Well, between you and me and the wall, Alannah has pink eye.  She woke up this morning with her eye all crusty.  Luckily, I had old antibiotic from 2 years ago.  I gave her a double dose and she perked right up."

Crap!  I had just paid twenty bucks to get my kids into this place, the hell I could leave so soon!  The Hubs would kill me!  I had to get my money's worth even if that meant the kids might catch a flesh eating bacteria.

I quickly moved my children to other end of the room and doused them in hand sanitizer.  I pointed out Strep Boy and told them to give him a good 10 foot radius.

What gives with these people?

Holy crap, keep that shit to yourself.
Is it boredom slash laziness or is it attention hounding?

I wanted to ask Strep Mom:  "Are you so bored that you can't be stuck in the house with your diseased child another minute, so you drag his dripping, hacking, feverish little body out to a play date and infect the rest of the population?"

And Pink Eye Mom doesn't get a pass either:  "Maybe it is sheer laziness?  You looked at her crusty, pink eye and said, "Fuck it.  We had to deal with it.  It wasn't so bad.  Kids get sick, it's just part of life.  You've been on antibiotics for a good 15 minutes.  It should be fine.  Let's go, all of our friends are dying to see us!"

do realize it's winter and kids are sick all the time.  I know kids will infect other kids, but when the parents don't give a shit that's when it really bugs me.

When I overhear parents sighing heavily and saying things like, "We were up all night with Baxter.  He was projectile vomiting.  It was like something from The Exorcist.  But I just had to get out of the house.  We were going crazy cooped up in there.  How many times can you watch 'Cars'?"  I just want to smack them.

"Cooper has a touch of the flu, but he should be OK at school today."  What the fuck is a "touch of the flu?"  Either you have the flu or you don't, but you can't have "a touch."

But it's not even the kids that bother me as much as the adults.  I realize the kids have no control.  If mommy says you're well enough to go out, out you go.  A child isn't going to say, "Mommy, I'm still pretty infectious and I would hate to get the other kids sick.  Think of the other mommies.  It's been so hard on you getting up with me each night because I don't feel well.  I think we should probably sit out this play date and try another time.  Don't you?  Let's watch 'Cars 2' now!"

Actually, the kid might have said that.  I find that when it comes to illness, kids have more common sense  than their parents (drilled into them by the schools - I don't blame them for teaching kids to cough in their elbows, wipe runny noses with tissues and stay home if you have a fever or a "touch of the flu" the teachers don't want to get sick).

Instead, it's the sick adults that drive me absolutely batty.  I used to work with a woman who was Super Woman - or at least she thought she was.  We worked in a very close space together and she would drag her sad, sorry, sick ass to work, because she was terrified the place would fall apart without her.

She would sit there and bark so much she sounded like a seal.  She would blow her bright red nose until she'd practically pass out.  She would be so stuffed up, she would talk "lie diss."  She would sit there at her desk snorting and sniffing and sneezing and wheezing.  In  those days we didn't have Facebook yet, so she couldn't sit there and update her status with the color of her snot (like she did in person).  "I've got green, Jen.  That can't be good.  Better look on WebMD."

That's when I would say, "Why don't you just go home?"

"No!" she would snap at me.  "I need to be here/There's too much to do/I can't leave/I'm vital to the team/etc."  You name it.  There was always some over the top reason why she just couldn't be a normal person and call in sick.  It was obnoxious.  As if this multi-billion dollar company would come to a screeching halt because she wasn't there to answer the phone.  (And I thought I had a pretty good sized ego!)

I would down Airborne like it was candy and Purell the shit out of myself.  If she touched anything on my desk I'd whip out a Clorox wipe and decontaminate the entire desk and three feet of the surrounding area.

When I got sick (which I inevitably did despite all my valiant efforts) I would call Human Resources and say, "I can't come today, because Roberta got me sick."  That was the best I could do.  Roberta was my superior and I couldn't get too high and mighty with her if I wanted to keep my job.

What I wanted to say was, "We really should have a policy on this sort of thing.  You know, if you run a fever, you should stay home.  If you throw up, stay home.  That sort of thing.  I can only imagine how much money we lose each year to illnesses that could have been prevented if ONE fucking person had stayed home and didn't try to be such a fucking martyr.  She spread her disgusting sickness throughout the entire office and now I'm sick and soon you will be too!  Either that or we need a sick room where the sickies can work in a bubble so they only pass their illness back and forth to each other and the rest of us can stay healthy."  I liked my job though (really I liked the money my job paid me) and as much as I'd like to, I couldn't go off on this little tirade anywhere but in my mind if I wanted to keep my job.

I'd get emails and VMs from Roberta during my "vacation day" (because that's how she saw it of course) saying how she was so surprised that (INSERT ILLNESS I CAUGHT FROM ROBERTA HERE) was keeping me down.  When she was sick, she was able to just power through and come into the office and get her work done.  Sure she was exhausted and sure she wasn't feeling 100%, but she never let a little flu/strep/mono/Swine Flu/Small Pox stop her and she was positive that she would see me in the morning, because we had a lot of work to catch up on!

I would reply with:  "Doesn't look good for tomorrow.  Better go ahead and call the temp agency now."

Because after dealing with her sick ass all week and then trying to recuperate while being berated by her, I totally needed a "mental health day."

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142 comments:

  1. Amen! As a teacher I get so sick of coworkers and parents being sick around me. I've lost count of the number of kids rushing to the school nurse as soon as they get off the bus in the morning. Are you seriously telling me that mom and dad didn't notice the kid was suffering from the disease of the week when he left the house thirty minutes ago? When I miss work, things in my classroom really do come to a screeching hault, so I do everything possible to not get sick, but when I do you can be sure I'm taking a day off to get better. What I love even more is when my coworkers bring their puking children with them to work while they prepare things for the sub to come later because we all know that puke germs don't spread before the school day actually starts.

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    1. I just have to add ... as I wait for my own contracted position, I am a substitute in my district. I LOVE getting hand-written notes from teachers like, "I have been trying to fight off this flu for a week, but I'm running a high fever while I write this."

      Nothing sounds so sweet as a note that clearly screams, "I'm sick as a dog, and I've touched everything in this room. ENJOY!"

      Really, for subs that come in all the time, they should give us some paid sick time, just so that we don't spread the flu to every other teacher.

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  2. This is exactly how I feel! OMG! Fabulous post.

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  3. My cousin brought her kid to Christmas Eve even though she had the flu. She walked in and I said, "Don't you have the flu?" She responded, "I feel better." Me and my husband put our coats on and left.

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  4. I'm lucky my boss is pretty good at kicking us out if we are sick and he is ok with us calling off sick to save the rest of us. What I hate is I go to school at night and I swear I'm going to catch something from these idiots that come to class sick. You can skip class cause you can't miss the new episode of whatever stupid show 19 year olds watch or your boyfriends having a bad day you need to cheer him up, but you can come to class with Whooping cough and scarlet fever. Thanks assholes.

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  5. WORD. I had my kids at the pediatrician's office this past summer for well checks & we were sitting on the "well" side of the room divider. Coughing-up-a-lung kid was sitting right next to us, & finally his dumb**** mom saw the sign & said "Oh, I guess we should be sitting on the 'sick' side"...but then didn't move. I'm loudly passive-aggressive like you are, so I said to my kids "Move to these chairs on the other side of me so you don't get sick." Dumb**** mom STILL didn't move herself & her diseased kid. WTF is wrong with people?!?

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  6. lmao! the moms who treat with antibiotics for one dose and now it's all good.....haaa! so true. and annoying!

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  7. I could not agree with you more! I was in the store the day after Christmas and I saw this poor little girl and her frazzled mom. The girl had no color what so ever on her face and you can tell she had been sick the day before (you know the dark circles, red eyes, etc) and her mom is just a talking away to a friend she bumped into saying how "Janey" was throwing up all xmas day and how she was up all night with her because the vomit got smart and came out a different orifice. She told her friend she just had to get out of the house after being cooped up preparing for the holiday and tending a sick child (How dare that poor little toddler interfere with her mother's plans. The nerve of kids these days). I gave a mental high five to the friend however when she said she should go home and take the still sick child back to bed. It wasn't right of her to bring the girl out when she was sick and infect other children while not helping poor Janey get better. She gave her this "how dare you" stare then walked away. I actually laughed when the woman said "I never...of all the nerve"...I then handed my daughter Purell and said to stear clear of them before she gets sick. She told the little girl, "I hope you feel better." She then told me the little girl should have a shirt on that says "I'm with stupid" pointing to the mom!

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  8. I'm a teacher.
    1. If you tell your child to tell the teacher if they start to feel bad, they will. As soon as they walk in the door. I will call you to pick them up. I won't send them to the office.
    2. Don't send me a note that says they threw up all night but seem to be fine now. Good grief!
    3. If your child was sent home with lice yesterday, don't try to slide them in unnoticed. They have to go to the nurse first for a head check. And, we will call you when we find a little bug.
    4. Please teach your child to blow their nose. It's fourth grade and they still can't do it. (Can they wipe their bottom?)
    5. If you send me a note that says your child is sick and you will be picking them up at 10:00 to go to the doctor, but they will be back afterwards, I will question your parenting abilities.

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    1. Wow! I can't believe parents actually do these things. My eldest son started preK this year and has been bringing home all kinds of germs. Now I understand why. I understand working parents can't take a day off work every time their kid sneezes, but that's just taking it too far. Does it ever occur to these parents that their child's classmate might have a baby brother/sister. Taking care of a sick child is never fun. Try taking care of a sick 5 week old baby.

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  9. It made me think of when I was little and I was sick. I had to go to my grandma's house when I missed school. She would walk behind me with a can of Lysol spraying ever object I came in contact with. She never got sick though. The tradition is carried down. Should have bought stock in Lysol.

    Luckily at my doctor's office, if you have the slightest cough, they make you put on a face mask. It looks like some zombie type movie when you go there in the winter.

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  10. I hear you! The weather sucks where we live it has been raining since before Christmas, so the only thing to do in this hell hole of a small town The Army has us living in right now is play place at McDonalds but I just know every other kid is there b/c no school blah blah blah...we will catch the funk that everyone is posting about on FB. My family is like the Petrie dish for the stomach virus. We can think about it and catch it, so we just stay home. I don't want it! Thank God the sun is out today!!!

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  11. I work two jobs so when one of the little "darlings" gets sick I see it as a day to pamper them as I don't get to do it much. I keep them home until they are well and most importantly until the antibiotics have had a full 24 hours of dosage, even if they feel better. I have to laugh at the school nurse however. One time my oldest went down saying that he didn't feel good. So she said "You're fine" and sent him back to class. He then threw up all over the hallway on his way back to class. When I went to pick him up at the Nurses Office she told me that 3 kids had already puked today, there must be something going around. Gee, you would have thought she would have taken him more seriously rather than subjecting him to years of torment from being known as the "kid who puked in the hallway"

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  12. Ugh, if I overheard mothers talking about their sick children, I would have asked them for their address. When they asked why, I would have said, "So I can send you the bill when MY kids get sick because of YOU!". I think parents do this because they really don't give a shit about anyone else, kids or parents. They figure, their kids is already sick, who cares about the others??? .... A lot of jobs make it difficult to miss a day of work. Some jobs are realizing that it's better for people to stay home instead of infecting everyone, but not all businesses see it this way. Some people go to work sick because they are worried about getting in trouble or because they can't afford to lose a whole day of pay. People shouldn't have to be afraid to stay home because they are sick, it's what they SHOULD do!!

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  13. Shelley in So. IllinoisDecember 28, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    My mom used to own a shoe store when I was growing up and, truly, it was like we had a neon sign that said, "Stop here if you just went to the doctor's office!" One woman came in wearing a robe! She had recently had surgery and offered to show the saleswomen her scar! This is not a recent phenomenon because that was 20 years ago.

    I sometimes go a little overboard, but I belong to a women's club that primarily consists of retired ladies. They are lovely, really, but my mom belongs too and wanted to attend once and had a head cold. I just kept telling her that wouldn't it be awful if she infected the ladies who were in their 80's? Thank goodness she decided to stay home!

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  14. We belong to the local gym so my kids can play, be on sports team, have fun and mommy can work out and feel like a person again. But we can't go much in the winter because I won't take them if they have a slight cold/cough, etc because so many other mommies pick their sick kids up from school and drop them off there to make sure they get their workout in....

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  15. Totally agree! I tell my coworkers to leave if they show up sneezing and coughing. However, I had a manager who did not feel the same way, and we all suffered for missing a "sick" day. Some people are jerks. And my kids always get strep when stupid parents send their kids to school because they "just got a shot and feel better already!" My doctor ALWAYS keeps my kids home for at least 2 days with those illnesses. BUT I understand why parents do those things, because here in Texas our wonderful schools have these attendance policies that are ridiculous because they don't take into account WHY the kids are out. PLUS some teachers here don't give out makeup work anymore - my kids are just supposed to call someone in their class, get the work, and turn it in their first class day back. Uh, HELLO? He had a 103 degree fever and slept for 2 days, plus missed your class instruction. HOW would he do that work? I miss the good ol days when MORE people had a little common sense!!!!!

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  16. AMEN!!!!! My 2 year old has been sick since Sunday night and with the exception of going to the doctors, the two of us have been homeboud...hell yes I'm bored as hell--I mean, we've watched about 32146132646841354 episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Little Einsteins but 1. I want my kid better and to do that she needs fluids and REST and 2, I don't want to make other parents go through the wonderful feeling of finally getting to sleep just to be woken up in the warm and slimy feeling of your child's vomit (that somehow has totally missed your husband---pretty sure they pass out an "invisible protection cloak that will make it to where your child's vomit will go find your wife") all over you, your pillow, basically anything that is "yours".


    Ugh...I hate sick people...and Bug (my daughter) usually picks these things up from church...because apparently, "germs don't spread at church---God is there" (yes, this was said from a PARENT who's son just got out of the hospital with MONO!!! (we went home)

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    1. LOVE the invisibility shield comment. Last time for little guy was sick, he was laying his head on me in bed and sat up and just starting throwing up all over me. I yelled at my husband 2 ft away to grab a towel since I am covered in vomit and can't sit up only to watch him take his sweet time looking around, commenting on how gross it is, checking to see if son had it on him and I'm laying there COVERED what the hell.
      The next morning my son threw up on husbands shoe-just his shoe, and the corner of it at that and you would have thought it was the virus from Outbreak and hazmat needed to be called.

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    2. I can totally relate to this one! My mom is a devoted "church lady" and she would always take us to church when we were really sick because " holy communion would heal us". I grew up to be a nurse and now I refuse to go while I or a member of my family is sick because I don't want to infect the whole, mostly senior, parish. Also, why are churches still using one goblet for communion, simply giving it a wipe and quarter turn for each person? It makes me shiver thinking of the teeming bacteria on that cup and cloth and I refuse to allow my children to drink from it. I once saw a woman with the biggest cold sore ever drink from the cup, and the priest just beamed at her,as " the blessed wine would heal all ills".

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  17. I have not left my house for a week, because of the copious green snot coming from my kids' noses. Snot that they got from the runny nosed kid who sneezed on one of them at the library. One of my BIGGEST pet peeves, keep your sick kids home!!

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  18. You couldn't be more right! I just had a temper tantrum about this a couple weeks ago! 24 hrs with no puking or shitting! What's difficult about this?!? I remember last winter my son was in a hockey tournament and 2 families sons had been up all night puking but "really wanted to play and seem fine now" really?!? Cuz his shade of green says otherwise. That night I said that either Sunday or Monday my kid would be puking...he missed his valentines party that Monday cuz he was puking...fuckers! I also have a friend who works in child care and SHE used the "he puked last night but he's fine today" FUCK OFF!! It's so annoying to me that people are so inconsiderate of others...AND of their poor little sickies who I am sure would rather be on the couch watching cars then out at wal-mart. You've been cooped up?? Go sit in your backyard or something and get some fresh air...idiots!

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  19. You punch them in the throat and I'll punch them in the ass! My 3 year old son gets a virus and it immediately turns into sinus infections/pneumonia, so we get a ton of illnesses (which have led to a speech delay)and I keep his little snotty, coughing butt home. That means no f'ing holiday parties, no birthday parties, and no speech therapy (that one really aggravates me!)because if the therapist gets sick lots of kids suffer. Then, just when he starts to get well (after weeks of quarantine), some jackass always brings their snotty/hacking kid to an event that the child could've skipped, if their f'ing parents had any consideration whatsoever. I've not gotten to the point of saying anything (b/c I'm a wussy), but I definitely deliver a stink-eye they won't forget.

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  20. This is my fav post. My daughter is a liver transplant recipient and we don't even enter those places (ball pits, chuck e cheese, etc) because I know kids are there sick! WTH is wrong with these people?? And when my little girl is sick we are HOME on the couch, enjoying our cuddle time...your sick kids don't want to be out, they want to rest!

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  21. Its the gym child watch. My daughter only goes when schools out of session and every kid in there has a runny nose or cough. God forbid mom skips a few work outs to keep the kid at home. As far as school goes they "say" don't bring your kid in sick, but then you get threatening letters for an extended or repeat illness. My daughter had the damn stomach flu five times last year, 5 freaking times and I kept her home and they sent me a nasty letter threatening to report truancy. They don't get paid when your kid is not there.

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  22. My son had a birthday party on Monday and 3 of the kids were not able to come because their family (and they) had the flu. I was happy that the parents had the smarts to keep their kids home. Then yesterday I get a text from my husband (who is off work for the holidays) saying that one of the boys that couldn't make it on Monday was spending the night....W.T.F???? Really??? No. Absolutely not. That kid still has germs lingering on him! SO, as the day progressed, the boy did not spend the night, but was around my son and husband for the day....ugggggg......Get out the clorox wipes...I am sure that we will be pooping and puking within a couple days!

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  23. Our school had to alter the sick child policy to specify 24 hours fever-free "with no assistance from medications" because people were dosing their kids up with Tylenol/Motrin and sending them in.

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  24. I LOVE YOU!! I would also like to add, if your child happens to get sick after a playdate it is common courtesy to CALL, TEXT, SEND AN OWL that your child has come down with something to alert the other parents. I am continuously amazed and annoyed by other parents. There really should be a test to procreate.

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  25. I'm a software engineer, so all my co-workers and I need to do work are our laptops. So we're allowed to work from home with pay any time we're the tiniest bit sick, but people still come in and spread their germs! WHY??

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  26. As a toddler teacher spending the fifth day of her Christmas break sick (because every child I care for attended school sick last week) I can not tell you enough how much I loved this! It is ridiculous how people will stop at nothing to make sure their child remains at school..I should start my own blog based on the stories alone!!!

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  27. can i tell you how much I laugh every day when I read your posts, and say to myself, "Yes! YES! She is so right!" Love this blog! (Happy to know I am not the only one constantly wanting to knock someone in the jaw and say, "Did you seriously just do/say that?") :)

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  28. I'm an Epidemiologist (no kids yet) but people who don't understand 1) how infections spread 2) how antibiotics and antibiotic resistance works and 3) why vaccines are important for your children DRIVE ME CRAZY! DO NOT ever give your kid one dose of antibiotics (especially that are expired) and DO NOT demand that your pediatrician give your kids antibiotics for viral infections parents!!!!! And for the love of god, get your child vaccinated properly! I feel bad for all you parents who vaccinate and then have to deal with all the idiot parents who don't vaccinate and therefore spread measles. NEWSFLASH: Measles kills kids and vaccines DON'T cause autism. Ok, rant over. Hope your kids don't get sick!!

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    1. Thank you for typing my thoughts!!!

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    2. Could we not make this about vaccines? There's controversy about them for a reason. People have human rights and can decide for their OWN CHILDREN, keeping them home when sick...as the article just said. There is no evidence of herd immunity, and in any case, to demand that parents do what they feel is unsafe is outrageous. Again, sick kids= kids at home. Being unvaccinated is NOT a strong enough predictor for sickness to make that a "thing." Most often they are the healthiest kids.

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    3. 'Most often they are the healthiest kids.'

      Prove it. I want to see a study done with cold, hard facts.

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    4. People do not want to vaccinate their children because they are afraid of autism. Do you know the man who did the "study" to prove this and spread this lie around is now in prison? He lied for his own benefit. He had an autism clinic. Also parents havent seen the diseases they need vaccinated against. If you had ever seen polio or tetanus and what they can do to a child you would be first in line.

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  29. My wife is a teacher and brings home every bug her students get. She's built up a lot of immunity, so while she gets a light case of whatever-it-is, the kids and I are down for a week. But, please use good old soap and hot water for washing hands instead of hand sanitizers. Soap (plain soap, not anti-bacterial soap) and hot water have been shown to kill disease bacteria more effectively. Remember, while you don't want your kids to be sick all the time, you DO want them to build up immunities. They can't do that in a sterile environment - and they can't be in a sterile environment all their lives.

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  30. Amen - if you think you can't stay home with a sick kid, suck it up, cupcake. Your mom did it for you, and she didn't even have video on demand or Playstation. She actually paid attention to you. Get over yourself.

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  31. seriously you are amazing... its like you read my mind. I sent out a company wide email quoting your Adults who come to work sick part bc right before thanksgiving pple kept coming in despite having the runs like lava and barfing their brains out..

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  32. Worst cold I ever got in my life was from a coworker my first year teaching. Wanted to KILL her. Now I refuse to share my computer keyboard with anyone so much as sniffling, including my husband and sons.
    As for kids? I was 9 months pregnant with my first son and crabby as hell. My flute student came in for her lesson, saying she had strep but had just started antibiotics. That morning. I kicked her sweet little ass out the door. I'm a strep magnet; I'd do it again today not pregnant.
    Idjits.

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  33. Yes, I'm a teacher and I couldn't agree with you more. I have kids walk in the door smelling like vomit because they got sick on the bus AFTER they got sick at home before school. I've had notes saying that Johnny ran a fever all night and if he feels bad, call me. I've had kids go to the nurse and sit ALL DAY in the nurse's office because a parent just couldn't find the time to come get them even though the child has been puking all day. I find it appalling when parents put everything else first except their children. Stay home and let the child rest. And for the record, perfect attendance is a completely absurd award to give to students because it only encourages attending school while sick.

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  34. what I hate hearing:
    -it's just a cough
    -she's not running a fever
    -he's still eating well
    -he hasn't slowed down any
    -it's just a runny nose
    -a 24-hour flu (?)
    -his mucus isn't green
    -she hasn't thrown up
    -nothing is bleeding or broken
    -they send these kids home for everything
    -(because I'm a hairdresser) I don't see bugs/my child isn't dirty/no way she could get this

    let's be honest:
    -i have an appointment at the hairstylist and you are not going to interfere nor am i going to pay for a babysitter so go to school and suck it up just like i do at work
    -i can't stand the sight of you and i don't want to have to wait on you hand and foot today so go to school.
    -i hate people so i hope they all have to deal with this too

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    1. The green mucous is legit. That's a big way to differentiate between a cold and allergies.

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  35. omg, you took the words right out of my mouth. not that i have to deal with sick co-workers {i'm stuck at home for now}, but sick kids. ugh. drives me APESHIT to see these poor little zombies being sent to school/daycare when it's obvious they must feel like shit, and then have the joy of one of my own catching whatever plague they have. what hets my blood boiling is the fucktards {and i know a few} who will send their poor little half-dead younguns to school to spread around their green snot, BUT when the parents themselves get sick, IT'S THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD and they can't get out of bed. how the fuck do you think the poor kids feel?? ugh. sorry, lol but you touched a nerve with this one. as always, i love your writing!!

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  36. haha this post reminds me of when I was 10 I had been sick all week and my mom decided I felt better and needed to go to school . I tried telling her I was still sick but she wanted to hear none of that so she sent me to the store to get her cigarettes before I left for school as I got to the counter and was about to tell the guy what brand I needed I instead threw
    up all over the counter ..thanks mom

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  37. I love how people think by taking one antibiotic pill, that was probably prescribed to another person, and has also been sitting in their medicine cabinet for two years, will "magically" cure them.
    First of all, do they know how dangerous that is to take expired antibiotics? 2nd, you should always finish your prescription. Just because you feel better does not mean the germs are gone. This is also what is causing the bacteria to mutate, causing you to get sick again, and spread it to another person. Also making a chance of it becoming a "super bug" that is resistant to antibiotics.
    So a big Thank you to those people!

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  38. I chewed ass on another sick grandparent in the NICU where my child lived for almost 3 months. Keep your sick ass away from us.

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  39. Oh wow! Thank you for this. I could go on and on about this! I have an autoimmune disorder, so when you take your little angel's to Walmart with the bubonic plague, not only are you a first class asshat, but you are risking MY life. The slightest little bug can manifest into pneumonia with me if I'm not careful, luckily I DO have home training and keep my ass at home when I'm at risk.

    As for those ridiculous "parents" who send their kids to school sick? Just wait a week, they'll get it again and will bitch about inconsiderate idiots. KARMA BITHCES!

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  40. First let me say - funny writing and very true. But I do think it is interesting reading the comments to note that there are reasons why people are doing this that need to be examined. Oh, I don't mean the, I'm bored, we needed to get out of the house, or, she's had one dose of antibiotics so she's fine reason. It is the, my boss penalizes me if I don't come to work reason. Or the I don't get paid if I don't come to work reason and I can't afford not to get paid. And the bizarre one that schools consider it truancy if kids are off sick (not true where I live) And I'll add a big one based on the experience of some of my friends - my work doesn't give me time off to stay home with sick kids and I don't have child care I can rely on. And this affects women more than men it seems as women are more likely to take time off work to stay home with sick kids and are more likely to be parenting alone. I agree totally with what you are saying but I do think we need to think seriously about how we support working parents so that they aren't forced to make choices between good parenting and their jobs.
    Better education about health care/medications would help too. I had to go daily to the ER for IV antibiotics once and I was amazed at how little people understood about meds/illnesses. I'd listen to people get instructions from the doctor and then they'd be telling a nurse what the doctor said and it would all be garbled. What was the likelihood they were following directions when they clearly didn't understand them. And then there is all the garbage out there about vaccines and autism creating more confusion.
    But thank you for the reminder to stay home - I'm getting over a bug right now so I'm going to take this as the encouragement I need to spend another day on the couch!

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  41. My daughter has Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 1, so what is a little cough, runny nose, or night of puking for your child is AT LEAST a week of intensive, round-the-clock care for my daughter which may extend to a long hospital stay, with the risk of death. No joke, no exaggeration. Keep your sick children home, stay home when you're sick, and every time you want to feel sorry for yourself for having to be "stuck" at home caring for your sick child or recuperating yourself, Google "Spinal Muscular Atrophy" and shut the hell up.

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  42. Some people need a high five.

    To the face.

    With a chair.

    This is how I feel about parents taking their sicks kids out KNOWINGLY.

    Word.

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  43. I love your blog. I have a three year old and when he is sick we both stay home . I hate when moms send them to preschool with what they call the sniffles when it is clearly more. As for myself I do not go to work sick either because I would hate to be the reason someone else got sick .

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  44. laughing out loud!

    So true--some people I understand--you send your child to school, cuz if you don't go to work you can't pay the electric bill...

    but taking your kid to a public space when what they really need is to be home, resting, building up their immunity. I don't get it.

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  45. Couldn't agree more!!! How is it fair that my kids have to stay home all winter long even when they aren't sick because I'm too afraid to take them to places like that because they always end up sick afterwards!?!

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  46. I almost always agree with you Jen, but only halfway on this one. There is no excuse for bringing a sick kid to a playland. None. School/work, however, is a different matter. Yes, the best medical advice is to stay home, BUT work/school policies do not support this option very well. PTO (as opposed to separate sick and vacation leave) will cause sick people to come to work (and send their kids to school so they can work). PTO sucks but nearly everyone has it nowadays and it's a bad deal for families.

    And you can pretty much count on sick kids and germs at big kiddie areas. They are always a germfest. Unfortunately it's on the parents to keep kids away from those places unless you don't mind getting sick. Sad but true. Still funny to read about though-- love your posts!

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  47. I totally agree! I don't have kids of my own, but I'm a preschool teacher...I want to punch a parent in the throat every time they walk in the door with their little one and say "I don't think he is feeling well today, but he doesn't have a fever so we decided to send him to school anyways." Really? So you're aware that they don't feel well but you're going to send them to school feeling miserable (do YOU want to go to work feeling miserable?) and let them infect me and 18 other children? Inevitably, the next day that kid will have a fever and 2 days later half my class is sick. I understand that if you stay home with your sick kid, you may be missing a day of work and not everyone can do that...but did it ever occur to these people that when you take your sick kid to school, you're infecting someone else- sometimes the teacher- who also can't afford to take a day off work?

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  48. I agree with the last comment. I really annoys me when people come in sick to work, but one job I worked at offered no vacation or sick time. I often had the hard choice of call in sick and not get paid or go into work ill. On months where it was difficult to pay the rent, I unfortunately chose to go into work sick, trying like to stay away from people.

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  49. So true! A friend of mine worked for a company in London that had a strict policy: If an employee observed a coworker coughing/hacking/obviously running a fever/blowing nose incessantly, etc., they promptly reported it to HR or brought it to the attention of the sickly employee. The employee was politely asked to go home and recover. If the employee refused and one other person in the office got sick, the employee was fired. No questions, no explanations, end of story. The policy was clearly understood and strongly enforced, so employees respected it. Sounds pretty harsh, but when you think of all the productivity saved and the public health benefits--not to mention the guilt alleviated in taking a sick day, which presumably was paid by the company--it actually makes a lot of sense. Needless to say, my friend never once had to take a sick day while working there, as the policy prevented employees from constantly passing around the same illnesses. I don't see this ever working in the States, though. We would view it as a threat to our personal liberty and seem to think that taking a sick day is some kind of weakness, that "powering through" an illness and contaminating an entire classroom or office demonstrates our commitment to our work.

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  50. When I read the title, I thought one of the kids was sick and was concerned that, perhaps because of the Xmas night vomiting at our house (having spent the previous two days with your children before we knew Mister was sick), I was getting punched.

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  51. I'm with you on this 100%. As a teacher, I always have kiddos who will say, "I threw up in the car on the way to school this morning." I respond, "Why are you here?" Them, "My mom says I ate breakfast too fast." Oh, yeah, right. Is that why you are as white as Casper the ghost? Now I am on autoimmune suppressants for Lupus and it makes me even more irrate. My sister-in-law is famous for bringing her sick kids to every family function too. Gee, thanks. Like a family get-together is that important or Grampa and Gramma want to get the plague at their age. Sick people who are too lazy, stupid, or whatever should just be shot, not punched in the face!

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  52. I have a child with a disease (diabetes) which makes any vomiting type illness a big fat nasty challenge. This time of year facebook is crawling with "spent the night in the ER with little one, vomiting and ketones, no good" because our kids can't eat which means they can't take insulin which means they either get to the ER or they die. pretty straight forward. And our kids aren't the only ones. There are hundreds of other types of diseases which render kids pretty helpless against germs. At least our kids have normal immune systems. What about all the kids without?

    and then what happens - those kids get perfect attendance awards and mine gets the letter home saying "johnny has been absent 10 times this year. It's important for him to be in school"

    ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR punch in the balls not throat.

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  53. IS there an expiration date on antibiotics? (runs to refrigerator) Oh. Wait. Yeah.... There is.

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  54. How about the bosses that don't give sick days and expect the sickies to come to work or else they don't get paid. Like in the restaurant business where one doesn't want people to come in sick. BUT there is no health insurance for these underpaid workers and there's no paid sick time/time off for these workers. AND if they do call in sick they're fired for not covering their shift.

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  55. I have a coworker like that. He'll get sick and not cover his mouth/nose when he coughs or sneezes....And he's always handing me papers that he's touched with his germy hands....I have a drawer full of hand sanitizer!

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  56. I'm a childcare provider/germaphobe (how these go together, I'm not sure). My favorite is bringing a snotting, sneezing, hacking 3 year old to my house where I have other small children who share toys, space, etc. When I go to wipe his nose, he decides he'll throw a tantrum and wipe his nose down the ENTIRE LENGTH of my couch!!! Not to mention the point-blank hacking into other children's faces, putting teethers and toys in his mouth and "sharing". Ugh...dis..gus..ting... Today was a gem. In the grocery store, I saw a child hack all over produce. A+ parenting...

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  57. Had a kiddo today who was up before dawn sick as a dog. I had plans to meet up with some friends from WAY back that I rarely see but still had the sense to say "not going to make it because we obviously have germs over here" because I would hope they would have done the same.

    Sadly, I was the kid growing up who had the mom that sent them to school no matter what. The only way I got out of it was vomiting (the day of school) and according to my mother no one ever has a cold - it's just a sinus thing and that's not contagious! I was so sick as a child because she never listened. My kid is almost never sick because I avoid sick people!! I'd like to smack whomever took their kids/self out on Monday with a stomach bug because they somehow passed it on to my kid.

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  58. That's like the kids with perfect attendance. My name for them is "Patient Zero!" When my daughter graduated from 8th grade, there was a student who had not missed one day of school in five years! In amazement, I asked my daughter if that girl had ever been sick at school. The answer was a resounding "Yes!" Ugh!

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  59. AMEN! My 5 yr old son has a rare disease which effects his immune system...this situation is disturbing enough but it worse when its close family and friends! He can land in the hospital with serious issues because of a slight fever or cough someone blows off as "just a touch of the flu!" Thank goodness for profilactic anti-biotics!!
    Thanks for spreading the word!!

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  60. Couldn't agree more. This is why I hate bringing my kids anywhere that's crowded..cause people are stupid.

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  61. I don't think it's fair to say a kid with perfect attendance is automatically a germ-spreading kid. My son hasn't missed any school...he's lucky enough to get sick over Christmas break...kid has an awesome immune system.

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  62. Thank you! Thank you very much. Well said. Its all true! If only others were as greedy as us with germs, I hate those who insist on sharing!!!!

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  63. My boss is one of those people who hasn't called in sick in, like, five years or something. And whenever one of us is ill, she's quick to remind us of her attendance record before adding, "But, honey, you just get to feeling better. Talk to you later, sweetie."

    It makes me want to vomit, even when my stomach isn't upset.

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  64. I'm a teacher and it drives me nuts when a kid walks in the door and says, "My mom said if I feel bad to call her." So of course my first question is, "Do you feel bad?' To which they ALWAYS answer yes!!! Immediate note to call home. Gotta love the kids who come to school with obvious staph infection--uncovered, about to explode, whose parents tell them to ask for a bandaid when they get to school!!! Or the kid who has diarrhea all over himself, doesn't tell anyone (the smell does), checks out, and returns to school 20 minutes later!!! Yep, those really happened!!! UUUGGHH!! My daughter missed her 3rd birthday party with strep--we canceled the party, yet some people bring their sick kids on playdates and to Walmart...BAD PARENTS!!!!

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  65. My old boss was always either a) sick at work; or b) sick at home. Or sick with a backache. Or inexplicably had no voice. Or was just plain effing annoying.

    And I loved it when a friend brought her little girl to my twins' 1st bday party, saying, "She's not feeling too good...she has a little fever." GO HOME!

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  66. Being am elementary school nurse I know where you're coming from. We have s policy at school ' if your child Is sick they go home, if we can't get a hold of you we WILL go through your emergency list until we get somebody to take them home' if you drop your child off in carpool with a parting comment of 'if you don't feel good, go to the nurse" don't drive too far from the school because we will call you to come pick them back up. If your child had Meds to reduce a fever, don't send them to school because if you know your child well enough you will know that they will tell on you when asked directly, and guess what... They will be sent home! Parents who knowingly send their sick child to school become known to us and guess what, you really don't want to piss off the school nurse!

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  67. So true! I sent a kid home once with a fever of a 102 and he was back to school the next morning with the same fever ... only mom had given him tylonel before sending him off so we coudln't legally send him home until the tylonel wore off and the fever rose. Really?? You can't stand to have your kid home that bad?

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  68. Im home sick as I type this. I'm a RN and my work actually tells people to come to work sick and wear a mask. Uh, no. I'm sick and I'm staying home. Asshat, mask wearing people who go to work sick are the reason why I'm sick. The world wont stop without me for a day (or two). I'm with you...stay home people!

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  69. I'm fortunate enough to work for one of those companies that actually have stop signs posted on every entrance listing the sickness symptoms which they require you to stay home if you have....as a result I haven't caught something from work in over 2 years! Other businesses need to take a look, these policies WORK and result in better productivity and LESS sick time overall for the company!

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  70. Parents like that piss me off too. When the swine flu was going around there were sick kids all over the mall and playgrounds because they shut school down so that people would STAY HOME and not spread it. A lot of good that did seeing as how everybody thought it was spring break and took their kids all over the place. Good thing I kept my healthy kids indoors. People like that drive me freaking nuts.

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  71. I'll go to work sick sometimes just to complain about not having enough sick leave to stay home. Now I know that is not the right thing to do - and I won't if I am really sick - but my company is like the Nazis when it comes to sick leave. You have it but you better not use it or you'll be labelled a "problem child".

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  72. I hate people who do this to kids....it's inconsiderate! People are such jerks sometimes!

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  73. I almost forgot all about this one. Last year my 7 year old daughter, had MONO, she was also at the time being evaluated for a learning disability. The fucking social worker said to me you know...your daughter has missed 11 days of school...I said I know...she had mono. Did you want her to come in and start an epidemic in this town? Fucking bitch...acts like she is paying for the Resource room out of her own pocket! I hate that lady!

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  74. As a teacher... I completely agree with all the other comments. I can’t tell you how many times parents have sent their child to school looking feverish, pale with bags under their eyes. School is a place to learn. I’m not your babysitter because you don’t want to stay home with your sick child! The week before Christmas, I had kids coughing up lungs and they were germing up my room with their snot dripping noses. Their parents said that they didn’t want them to miss any of the holiday activities, so they sent them to school anyway. Well guess what…because of their stellar parenting skills I missed my holiday activity…..Christmas because I caught the sickness of the week in my classroom. Gee….thanks assholes!
    P.S.- Yes, teachers curse.

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  75. Our work has those signs but instead of saying "stay home" they say wear a mask. We actually had a meeting about calling out sick and were told a fever is not a reason to stay home. Okay, if I feel like I need to be in bed that is where I'm staying. Fire me, I will collect unemployment on that one for sure. I'm not the type to call out a lot but when I do its legit. I also keep my son home if he isn't well. HOME, not to the mall or park or store. Some people are proof that Darwinism has failed us all.

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  76. My child is diabetic. Even a cold can cause problems. We've had strep turn into 8 hours in the ER because the virus throws her blood sugar out of wack. YOU, ridiculous people, may be able to live with the "kids get sick" mentality, but those of us with children with chronic illnesses can't live that way. I do what I can to keep her healthy, but you've gotta meet me halfway!!

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  77. I wish I could post this on facebook but it isn't working for some reason :( Thanks for the laugh. You are sooooo right.

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  78. OMG!!! I think I work with Roberta's sister...lets call her TC. She is like a fuckin machine. She is the most disruptive individual I have ever worked with..and she would rather come in and hack all over everyone and complain about how sick she feels instead of using a few of the 150 sick days she has accumulated over the 20+ yrs she has worked here. UGGGGHHHH...Someone tell these annoying people that are days are much better when they stay home!

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  79. Roberta is a ho bag!And so are those other crazy ass mamas! i think I live near two of those. You are awesome!

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  80. Try working in a daycare! Those kids get dragged in with everything. We had one poor kid dropped off with a staph infection.

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    1. I have my own in home daycare. In the last three weeks we have had the flu, an ear infection that was actually fifths disease, strep throat and some kind of diarrhea thing. And when I told parents I was going to close for a day ( my kids both got sick) it was like I was ruining their lives... The ones who sent their kid with strep and got my kids sick were the biggest complainers.

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  81. You're already one of my favorite bloggers, but if you could blog about how God awful Vera Bradley bags are you'd be my Bff. Now there are some people I'd love to punch in the throat.

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  82. Yeah if I want to keep my job I can't take any more time off than I have. And I can't afford to take time off unpaid either. Luckily I save all my sick days for my kids, and just suck it up and deal for myself.

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  83. OMG, I'm happily married and love my man, but I have to admit, I think I love you! I can't stand it! I keep freaking laughing out loud waking people up! I'm adding you to my prayer list, cause girl, you freaking keep me going! :) much love for ya!

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  84. We hate the same people. I went to a brunch after a baptism last week and commented to another mom that her 2 year old son was so quiet and good only to hear her say that he had a little bit of a stomach flu. The sand bucket in front on him was not for play.....nooooooo it was in case he puked. Thank you. I wanted to punch HER in the throat and may have actually killed her when my daughter who sat next to germ boy started puking that night.

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  85. I'm a teacher too (kindergarten) so I say,"ditto!"
    I'm also asthmatic and use the 250/50 dose of Advair. If you know asthmatics or have asthma, you know we hack all the time. Throw in a sick child who chews on a pencil at the reading table or coughs on me while simultaneously wiping away the green snot...and I am guaranteed a horrific sinus infection or bronchitis. If I go nuts and rip that childs ears off, I am blaming it on the Pred pack that floods my body with steroids!

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  86. Agree with you, but also agree with the people who pointed out that a lot of people don't have the "luxury" of calling out sick. I feel fortunate that I have a career and a husband with the flexibility to work around this. Instead of one where I'd get fired if I miss one more day because my kid is sick and I have to stay home with her.

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  87. I am right there with ya, sista! There are way too many moronic moms out there!

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  88. True, true, true. We even have a teacher at our school that comes to school sick because she used all her sick days to leave early for VACATIONS! Keep your sick raggedy ass home!

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  89. I had a coworker who came to work coughing, sniffling, sneezing and whining often...and would refuse to go home. I have an autoimmune disorder and begged her to stay home if she was sick. Nope, but she WOULD use her sick time for days at a time for things like broken fingernails and stubbed toes. Love your blog!

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  90. I totally loved this and it is soooo true! I once worked at a place that would actually give out perfect attendance awards each year! When people won it, it would piss me off because you know these buttholes brought their sick asses to work to infect us all. I could have owned stock in lysol from that place. Ick.

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  91. Fucking priceless!!!!! Thanks for the laugh...

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  92. I totally agree with all of this post. I get so irritated if I am checking my child into school because of a dentist appt. and I hear the lady next to me say well Tommy was up puking all night with that horrendous stomach bug but he has been good as gold for two hours so I'm just gonna check him into school. I just want to smack them upside the head and say I don't want your heebeegeebee's and neither does anyone else in this school you moron.

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  93. I couldn't agree with you more. I live in Japan and people trudge through even if they have bubonic plague AND ebolia... It's ridiculous.

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  94. I'm in total agreement! There is nothing worse than working with someone who's nose is dripping on the desk or walks behind you and coughs and you feel your hair move off your neck from the breeze!
    Thank you for your blog, it makes my day!

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  95. Histerical! Both my husband and I laughed outloud!

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  96. Soo true... Hope the kids fall FAR from that dumb ass apple tree!! My DH used to work maintenance for Mickey D's that had a playland, and it was a *free* play area for the sickies. He was constantly having to clean up barf, shit, snot and any other sickly body fluid you can think of. He'd overhear the parents talking about how they kept the kids home from school, but would think it is o.k. to take them out to McD's playlands... SERIOUSLY..idiots!!

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  97. I used to work with someone just like that! She even came in one time on IV antibotics. Really! IV antibiotics!!!! She was so sick she couldn't even take pills but thought it was ok to come to work. Stay the F*ck home. It's not that hard. I had a job at a hospital one time where i was throwing up and shitting and they made me stay for the rest of my shift. How would you feel being a patient knowing someone that had just puked and shit their guts out was taking care of you. Pretty awesome

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  98. I hear you there this is a pet peeve of mine! My son has had leukemia since he was 21 months old and I would ask people to stay away if he was sick and we even sent a letter out to the parents at school. This summer he had a bone marrow transplant so was even more likely to get sick as his immune system is so new and immature. People thought I was being dramatic when I said that a cold could be fatal to him. Then in November he got the virus that would give u or I or healthy children croup and he ended up with respiratory failure and was on a ventilator for a month! Thankfully he is recovering well now but things could have been very different. I have the same problem with parents who refuse to vaccinate - he can't get vaccines so he relies in heard immunity and all these douche tards are killing that!

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  99. I would Love to be able to keep my kids home when they're sick, unfortunately their school district has the policy that if they miss more than 10 days of school in a year, they don't pass. Doesn't matter if they are all excused absences with doctor's notes. So I feel like I have to save those 10 days for when they're actually throwing up/ running a fever. Thanks to a round of the flu (despite shots!) and a nasty stomach virus the older one's already at 7 days missed. I've got multiple letters out to the school and the school board about this policy, but as it is, I have to weigh the risk of spreading a runny nose and cough against repeating a grade. It's a stupid self defeating policy and it makes me nuts.

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  100. Dear Jen,
    I don't know where you live but I want to have lunch,dinner, drinks WHATEVER with you in a crowded place filled with people we can rip to shreds!! It is number 2 on my list of favorite things to do! The first is hangin with my "very energetic" 4 7 5 year olds! I loathe and detest certain "decisions" parents make as well. I'm so glad I was introduced to this site. AMEN SISTA keep it up!

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  101. I am currently lying sick at home. A close colleague of mine simply lost her mind after being down with flu. She didn't call off a dinner with us when she was feeling terrible, and sat next to me coughing and sneezing till her eyes turned red.
    We told her to stay home for the next day, but she stubbornly wanted to report for work, as she didn't want to miss a presentation by a boss.

    The next day, she dragged herself to work, and proudly claimed that she feels much better, having coughed till she threw up the night before. Unfortunately, she chose to sit next to me at a 5 hour meeting, and I was feeling cold at the end of the day. Sniffing and coughing, she suggested dinner again, and I did my best to decline. But she was still happily tagging along when we went home, and didn't stop talking all the while.
    No face mask on her, as it is uncommon to wear one in our part of the world.

    How a good-natured young woman could fail to see that she has inconvenienced everyone with her stubbornness baffles me.

    Now I am lying in bed, down with flu I contracted from her after being so close for two days in a row, and bearing the bad name of missing work. She soldiers on to infect more people, and I am already feeling worse at home, perhaps having to take another day off. What do we do with such people, who lose all good sense when they get sick?

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  102. Oh, yes, it's LOVELY that YOU feel good enough to go out but that one day you could have stayed home is enough to get me sick for 2 weeks and end up having to go to the doctor. Thanks.

    (This is a pet peeve of mine.)

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  103. There's a woman who constantly brings her sick kid to swim practice and meets with bronchitis/pneumonia, she's done it more than once now. If you give mom the evil eye she gets huffy and exclaims that kid has to learn to "fight the pain" and whines that if she kept her kid home every time she was sick, she would never get to swim. Sounds like a plan to me.

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  104. Yes, yes, YES! I do home visits for my line of work, and I can't tell you how many times I've walked into a home and heard either, "Bobo was up all night puking, but he's fine now" or "Brother/sister is in the other room...they were throwing up last night so they're staying home today". Either effing way, CALL ME to cancel the home visit!!! I try to minimize the funk I bring home to my husband and daughter thankyouverymuch.

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  105. I think the majority of reason why mom's bring sick kids to school, daycare etc is because of where they work. The days of grandparents not working and watching sick kids are dwindling. I worked for a HOSPITAL and was written up for staying home with my kid that had swine flu. Since I personally did not have swine flu then it wasn't "excused."

    There were some days I had a choice of either losing my job or taking a sick kid to school. Since my husband travels for work, I was the only one who could stay home.

    Our society sucks.

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  106. You just described my husband's family to a tee with sickness. I am sitting here barking like a seal, because my MIL invited us over last weekend and forgot to inform us that three of her other grandchildren were sick. Thankfully, my kids so far don't have this, but I on the other hand didn't fare so well. Just so aggravating!!! Could totally relate to this post, seriously!!!

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  107. I used to teach preschool and we had a little boy walk in the door and vomit one morning. His mother said, "Oh my goodness, let me go grab him another shirt!" We thought she meant from her car but she came back several minutes later with a new shirt which she got from HOME and sang out, "OK, see you later!" She was shocked, SHOCKED, when we told her, no ma'am, he can't stay here now. At this same school, I got the same pissy remarks from my boss as you did when I stayed home with strep. Because it makes total sense that I should come in and infect my entire class and fellow teachers.

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  108. My fave is when the school nurse has to call for a kid to be picked up and the parent's response is, "But I gave him Tylenol this morning and the fever went away." Seriously? Tylenol isn't a CURE!!!! Do people really not know this?

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  109. I used to be one of those stupid matyrs coming into work sick. When I had a child that all went to hell in a hand basket! Now I stay home if I'm sick.. even if it's "just a cold" so I can get better faster for my family and for work. However the school my daughter goes to is a little extreme with their "no school for 24 hrs after a fever" policy as my daugher had a 99.6 degree "fever" one day and no other symptoms. When I sent her to school the next day because she was fine. I was told she couln't come.Really??? ONE friggin degree higher than normal?? People's temperatures fluctuate throughout the day.. I thought this was just ridiculous!

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  110. Amen! I am weird and keep my kid home when he is sick. Not only does he need it, but I do think about the other kids. What floored me was when his daycare teacher told me how odd I really am. Apparently most parents don't think like that. Gee, thanks. Because you bring your kid to school all snotty and sick, my kid will probably get it. May as well tell my boss I will be out sometime next week.

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  111. Reading this gave me flashbacks of the Christmas that my father in law gave no less that 8 of us Norovirus because my MIL was so fkn selfish about the holiday.

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  112. I totally agree, I think it's worse with adults. I used to dance with a company and we had two women that would repeatedly come in with fevers, or having just thrown up their nutrition for the year the night before. And then we'd have to rehearse with them. This is not a desk job, this is close physical contact with sickies. Pissed me off every single time. And I'm so paranoid about the kids getting a stomach virus that all I have to do is read a Facebook status about it and I get all sweaty.

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  113. UGH..I hear ya...I work at a family owned business, where the one 40 something female co-owner brings her, too sick for school, kids to work ALL the time...I get soo pissed, I can hardly do my job. 2 weeks before Christmas this year, the hacking, feverish, flu was going around, and, of course, the sick little PIMA kid was brought to work hacking like she had the croop. I was praying to God to keep me germ free thru the holidays, since my daughter/soninlaw and grandson were coming to stay with us for a week. FAST forward...so i figured my prayers were answered, since I never had any symptoms. Company arrived Sat the 22nd..grandson wasnt acting quite right, but I was assured he was ok. Sun the 23rd..we have a family dinner..mid afternoon, soninlaw starts puking/pooping...I'm like..WHAT-THE-HECK! Then my daughter says, well Caden (grandson) threw up before we left yesterday. OMG..really? So for 24 hrs soninlaw was sick. The next day, Christmas Eve..we have a relaxing day before we all head to my parents for another annual family Christmas. Christmas morning I fix breakfast..bacon, eggs, sausage, toast, fresh OJ...the works. As I'm eating, I thought..I dont quite feel right. 4 hours later I am puking my guts out on the toilet..sooo sick i think i am dying...while EVERYONE else heads to the Christmas get together...yup..MERRY EFFING CHRISTMAS TO ME...AND...MERRY CHRISTMAS to my husband too, who came down with it the next day. OH...I WILL NEVER BE EATING BACON AGAIN.

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  114. To the mom that says her child only got sick when school wasn't in session, I call bullshit. I know when my kids were in elementary school the kids who got awards for P.A. had indeed come to school sick. While those kids were receiving their awards, their moms proudly clapping, me and the other moms were cursing them for sending their infectious offspring to school to infect our kids.

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  115. Preach it, Jen! I used to work in a very tight cubicle environment where if one person got sick, we all got sick. Except my boss. Somehow that man would manage to either not catch anything or disguise it enough that no one could tell. And if he did get "a little sick" he'd totally come in to the office to share it with all of us. One year my coworker (I love her but she always came to work sick) got almost everyone sick. This was the freakin' flu and it didn't go away in 24 hours. So she had it, then my other coworker got it, then my boss had it. And he was sitting right there at his desk. I was pregnant at the time and nothing scared him like pregnancy so I sent *him* home. "Boss, you need to get outta here with that infections disease. I'm pregnant and can't take anything if I do catch this crud, so I'll be sure to be out for at least two weeks if I catch it." That scared him outta the office in a jiffy and every time he came back I sent him home again with the same line.

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  116. OMG I am dealing with this right now. I bought a groupon and took my little guy to a playplace/playgroup. The owner was very nice and on our first class she handed me a list of rules including the sick policy. 48 hours after our first class he had an ear infection and was sick for a month. The whole time I kept him away from school and the class because common sense and decency. So he is sick for the whole month and I finally get him better. Thursday I took him back and I swear every kid in there had flipping whooping cough!!! One little girl coughed right in his face!!! Surprise surprise 48 hours later he is sick again!!! So I wrote a not so nice email to the instructor and she apologized for Charlie being sick and said she would send an email reminding the parents of the sick policy. I told her I was just upset because I was so considerate and kept my sick one home they should have done the same. Especially because she offers makeup classes. But now my kid is sick again!!!! PEOPLE SUCK!!!!

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  117. I hate those people.. I'd rather not be sick and if they can't keep their diseased self home then I'd like a heads up so I can stay home. You are not going to just die because you missed a social function, but you just might if you get me sick..

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  118. I didn't read all of the above comment so I don't know if this had already been mentioned. At my last place of employment we could call out THREE times a year for any reason- you are sick, sick child, personal emergency-whatever! On the fourth you went into Progressive Discipline and on somewhere between the sixth and the ninth (I'm not completely sure) you were fired. You also got counted with a "partial shift absence" if you left work early for you or a child being sick. Parents, especially single parents, were pretty much screwed--some did end up getting fired. Thank God when I broke my arm, I did it the day before a scheduled vacation! Most people were afraid to call in sick because they thought they needed to save those days for times when they or their children were even sicker. My personal philosophy was that, if I could get my legs up under me I was going to work! Supervisors did have the right to send people home--but the employee still got "charged" with the callout. Some employers are really strict and this motivates the employees to go to work sick.

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  119. I want to be friends with you! I have been laughing hysterically at your blog since I saw you on the KC news last night..it's nice to know that someone shares my sense of humor..keep it coming..I love it!

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  120. I'd shout "Amen Sista" from my rooftop, but I am hoarse with a sore throat and can't quite make it off the couch - thanks to whatever my own little germ magnets brought home from school. I kept my kindergarten home all last week when she had a cold - because WTF is she going to miss? painting? storytime? Well - no worries, we did it at home.

    But now that she is Well Again - that's an important point and it means nothing is dripping off her or crusting on her!! - now I have it. Great - 2 weeks lost basically.
    thanks so much.

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  121. A doctor once told me that any kid that has perfect attendance for the entire school year must have bad parents. I still laugh when I think about it. He said "No one is healthy enough to go to school every single day of the year." He was a very opinionated man. Probably why my time in his care was short.

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  122. In elementary school the school nurse refused to call parents unless the temperature was high. Every year I would be in the nurse's office, feeling sick, but my temp would only be around 99.5 (or even lower) so she wouldn't call my stay-at-home mom to come pick me up. Without fail I would see my doctor and be diagnosed with some nasty virus or strep throat that would keep me home for a week. My mom eventually had to have a meeting with the nurse saying I rarely ran a fever and if I was sick, she needed to be called. I was too young to realize I could have faked sick so many times after that. :-)

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  123. YES. I'm a second grade teacher and my mom (as a former preschool teacher) warned me about parents sending their kids in regardless of how they were feeling. Holy crap is it true...I have a kid who has been coughing and sneezing all over the room for a WEEK AND A HALF. You can only Purell and Clorox so much in any given room. And when that same student decides to lick the door frames, it's almost impossible to keep the sicknesses out!

    At the other end of the spectrum, my class last year was filled with hypochondriacs. Headache? I HAVE A SINUS INFECTION. Hungry tummy? I HAVE THE STOMACH FLU. Itchy eye? I'VE GOT PINK EYE.

    You can't win for losing sometimes.

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  124. What I hate is the school sending me passive-aggressive notes about how many days my child has been absent from school. "It is very important to attend school." There is even a box on the report card for the teacher to mark how many days the student was absent and "whether absences affected the child's learning." My daughter has missed a lot because I want her to get better and not to spread the germs around, and she's still at the top of the class, so HA! The school will only consider it a medical day if the child went to the doctor THAT DAY. Because whenever you are sick you need to see the doctor every day?

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  125. I chaperoned the school field trip yesterday. One hundredish second graders.

    I'm taking my Lysol bath right now.

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  126. Thanks for making me guffaw. Damn right on every single count, and funny to boot.

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  127. The greeter at church yesterday was talking about the plague her family had the prior week. Vomiting, fever, aches, no appetite. I wish I had known who her family was so that I could avoid them. Im 7 months pregnant and I do not have time to be sick like that.

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  128. I had the same situation happen a month ago. I was in Walgreen's with my husband and 2-year-old daughter and there was a woman we had to stand near in line at the pharmacy. Then once we got our meds, we slowly made our way to the front counter to buy some things and the woman came behind us to buy some things. While waiting in line, she answers her phone and I hear her say, "Yeah I was waiting for my prescription, they said it was strep..." I wanted to scream at her and cuss her out. Walgreen's has a damn drive-thru! She put myself (who has a problematic immune system), my husband (who is the only one working while I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mother) and my beautiful 2-year-old daughter at risk. Not to mention anyone else in the store! My husband left the store with our daughter while I paid for the items, I used hand sanitizer and tried to keep my face covered and then immediately went to the nearest health food store and picked up both a kids and an adult tincture of Echinacea!

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