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Mommy Instincts

I’m going to take a day off from my story about the Montage condo. Don’t worry, I’ll finish it up tomorrow.

So the cold I thought was finally leaving my house made a last minute u-turn to give me one last smack and to really get baby Gray but good. The Dayquil I had been taking fairly religiously stopped making the aches go away Wednesday and my sweet Grayber started to get snotty-nosed that same day.

We both made hearty attempts to shake it off and tough it out (favorite expressions of my Dad) Thursday, but it just wasn’t working for either of us. Gray was awake most of the night last night, utterly inconsolable. This morning when he woke up he looked like someone had punched him in both eyes:

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When I saw his sad pink circles, I quickly made an executive decision and called the doctor to make him an appointment. I have to say, one of the generally undiscussed challenges of motherhood (at least undiscussed so far as I have heard) is the challenge of when to drag the kids to the doctor. The thing is, we tend to get a bad rap for jumping the gun. Everyone knows those moms who are constantly sure something is deathly wrong with their children, and I think this is an easy mentality to fall into. When you are totally and completely responsible for the health and wellbeing of another human being, I think it’s easy to question yourself and worry that something will go horribly wrong. But, of course, we all want to look like we’re handling it just fine and that there’s no panicking involved. God forbid we bring them in to the doctor only to have him say that nothing is wrong and we had overreacted to some little imagined symptom. No one wants the reputation of the Mom who cried pneumonia.

Anyway, I ALWAYS struggle with the timing of bringing my boys in to the doctor, but today, I just decided. I looked at those eyes, and even though they weren’t really bloodshot or all that gooey, there was definitely something wrong. And to add to that, it’s Friday of a holiday weekend. So if I didn’t go in today, we wouldn’t be seen except at urgent care, until next Tuesday. So that sealed it for me and we went.

BOY am I glad we did. The doctor confirmed that Gray does have pink eye, and not only that, but nasty ear infections in both ears. Plus, when he woke up from his afternoon nap, his eyes had gotten so bad they were completely glued together. EW.

So today, on the positive side, I am proud of my motherly instincts. Ooo, and Jason brought me home some new cold medicine that is finally making me feel like a human again. Yay for Aleve Cold and Sinus!

One Response to Mommy Instincts

  1. So don’t know you but felt compelled to comment…. I am sitting here doing an internet search on pink eye because I am “thinking maybe” my son woke up with it… in the search a picture of your son comes up, kind of looks like whats going on here, his eye is a little puffy but by no means bloodshot like I remember pink eye being as a kid. I clicked on your picture to get a closer look and started reading your Mommy Instincts story and this is what I have to comment on….

    KUDOS for saying out loud (well writing it anyway) what I think every mom feels… I COMPLETELY relate! When is it time to take them into the doctor, when am I just being paranoid. My husband often tells me “you’re jumping the gun, is he really that bad” We have a nurse line we can call and I swear when my oldest son was an infant and I called in the middle of the night to get some kind of idea about what I was supposed to do they would answer and I would say “hello, it’s me, the paranoid mom again” lol I think you are completely right in your statement that we are responsible for the health and welfare of a child and that’s a lot of pressure, what if we screw up? One time my son had pnuemonia and I did not even know!!!! So imagine now, when he so much as sneezes I am watching him thinking “am I missing something” (well not that bad but you get the drift).

    I just wanted to say, thank you for “saying” what I think every mom feels and know that you are NOT alone!!!! My girlfriends and I often joke, “well it will be worth the co-pay to have piece of mind if nothing is wrong” and take the kids in anyway lol (my kids always end up getting sick on a thursday or friday afternoon, before a weekend so it’s the go now or wait until Monday…)

    Take care and thank you for making my day :)

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