Monday, January 10, 2011
The Cesspool That is School
As a mother, I find myself worrying more than I ever did before. And I was a worrier before! But now I have 2 other little people to worry about and, quite honestly, it's exhausting. I say this because as I dropped my 4 year old off at preschool this morning, there was a boy in his class coughing his head off. And I mean that phlegmy cough . . . that sounds really bad. As I rolled my eyes and hung up his coat, I had to remind myself that schools are a cesspool of germs. I've been saying this for years so this morning's cough-fest should be no surprise to me. And I would assume the mother dropping him off knows better than to send a contagious child to school (she says knowing full well that's not the case). It just seems that kids are not fighting off sickness the way they used to. My guy's been coughing since before Thanksgiving and finally sounds like he's getting better (until today, I'm sure). He's been on so many medicines that don't seem to help, I wonder if he'll ever be well while he's in school. And I'm not sure if this is good or bad. Some would say too many antibiotics are to blame. Maybe but don't you need to kill an infection if there is one? Others tell me it's good for them to be sick - it builds up their resistance. Really? My guy's not resisting anything these days. I just know worrying all the time is exhausting.