April 14, 2009
Sick? Kids Sick? Stay Home!
Since we moved to Portland, we have spent at least one week of every month sick with a cold... and in speaking to other moms, this is the "norm" around here. I fully understand that due to winter weather, rain and close indoor proximities in play areas, areas in which kids congregate are literal Petri dishes...
However, I think these environments are exacerbated by inconsiderate parents who bring their kids, snot-nosed, coughing, and one leg dangling off a wheeling gurney, to storytimes and indoor activities. And not only that, last week, we had the misfortune of sitting next to an adult woman who was hacking up a lung and announced she was in the "middle" of an awful cold... she said this while sputtering all over young babies and toddlers in a tiny room at the back of a library. What is with people who know they themselves, or their kids are ill, but are happy to let you intermingle with them?
WHAT ARE PEOPLE THINKING? Or clearly, they are NOT thinking.
I will be as bold to say here, since no one has told these people otherwise: IF YOU OR YOUR KIDS ARE SICK, STAY HOME AND DON'T INFECT EVERYONE ELSE. I type this between wiping Olivia's nose from the second gallon of snot to run out of it today... and while trying to prevent my own nose from dripping all over the keyboard.
Preventing the spread of colds is eco-friendly too... no need to blow through tissues, meds, doctor's visits (gas), of which Olivia's last cold entailed us to go to the doctor 3 times in one week.
What's worse is that I stay home with Olivia if we have even the slightest tingle of an illness coming on, in order to protect the very same people who are happy to expose us to all of their health maladies.
Please send this post on to everyone you know. The common cold must have wiped out everyone's common sense.