Thursday, July 16, 2009

The great thing about working with children

One of the greatest joys of working with children is all the fun germs you pick up working with them. They seem to pick up every disease known to man. It may be because they are constantly licking things that they should not even be touching! Well yesterday I found out that a little munchkin in my room has six brothers and sisters who have all been diagnosed with having the swine flu. Since I am pregnant this information scared me even more than it normally would. Apparently the little boy doesn't have it yet so he is still allowed to come to the Child Development Center. Fun. Also, it was wonderful that the day I found out about him, I was already not feeling well. I have a couple of the symptoms so last night I decided to call the nurse advice line. This is a phone number you can call and talk to a registered nurse who will talk your symptoms over with you and give you advice on what you should do. I have called before and they just told me to get some rest so I figured they would tell me the same thing but I decided to call anyway. Once she found out I was pregnant she told me to go to the emergency room and get tested right away. It was like 11:00 P.M. last night and we were headed to the emergency room. When we got there, we walked up to the counter and they asked for all of our information and then asked what we were coming in for. I think I got out the word SWINE and they all had masks on their faces. Before I knew it, they had practically thrown a mask at Gregg and I. I understand the scare with the swine flu right now so it seems logical they would act in this way but it was what happened next that surprised me. We were told that the swine flu is really no big deal and its just like the normal flu but they were all scared to death of Gregg and I. What they were saying and the way they were acting did not match up. I asked them why they were so scared if it was NO BIG DEAL and they said its just a precaution. Lol. After this, they sent us to our own waiting room far from the one we walked into. They told us to wait there and they would check us over in the waiting room. We waited down there a while and then were escorted into a room and told to wait there for the doctor. It took a long time for the doctor to come and my mask was really starting to bother me so I took it off for a minute to breathe. I think I contaminated the room. Anyways, they told me since I didn't have a fever yet I most likely don't have it but that I cant go to work until the tests get back. I asked them if I would die before the tests got back and they assured me I would not (At least I think that's what they said, considering they were standing 50 feet away and I could barely hear them). So I have had an interesting last couple of days. I love working with children but I wish they were more sanitary. I have been busy working the last few weeks and haven't written much but I will be sure and write again soon. Cheers!


  1. Haha, that is the great thing about working with children! I'm glad you are OK.
    Hey Gregg, stay away from the puking woman!

  2. Hey girl! When are you getting that phone? We are missing your guys. Getting over the morning sickness? Love you. Dad