In the past, if one of the kids got sick and were going to stay home from school...I stayed home. Mom. Mom takes care of sick kids. The kids are older now, but still not quite able to stay home alone when they are sick. Particularly Bossy. Bossy has a feeding tube, and while he is active in disconnecting it when he is done, we really haven't worked on setting it up. Doing this while he is sick is NOT the right time to introduce this. Additionally, he takes his medication through the tube, and he really is not to be trusted with medication on his own.
Guess who is sick? Bossy.
BUT....today Daddy is staying home in the morning and part of the afternoon with our little sickie. Daddy has to be at his office job at 3pm, so I need to be home by 2pm so he can leave, meaning I will "miss" 2 hours of work. Depending on how my day goes, I might have work to bring home....I might not. But today is the first day of the payperiod, so there is still time to make it up.
Daddy will call out from his part time job (5 hrs) to stay home. The reason he is staying home vs. Mommy is 2 fold: 1) He himself has been fighting a cold since last Wednesday, and 2) Financially, we lose more pay if I stay home. Even by cutting my hours by coming home a little early, we still will make more.
I hate that our decision on who will take care of a sick child ultimately comes down to finances.
Daddy doesn't take care of sickies the same way as Mommy. Daddy doesn't put a straw in the cup of juice. Daddy doesn't tuck the blanket around little feet. Daddy doesn't lay next to sickie and stroke his hair.
I will have to remind Daddy to write down when he gives medication, so I don't give it too soon once I am home. I will have to call before I come home to double check that we don't need anything at the store. I will have to remind Daddy that even though we can't force Bossy to eat, we can still tube feed him so he gets nutrition and fluids.
We are trying something "new" with Bossy being sick this time....adult medication. Most medications are for 12 and above, and the doctor said as long as we stay on the "lesser" side of medication....it should be fine. The challenge is making sure it will go through the feeding tube. In our experiment (which actually started the last time he felt warm), we can crush up a tablet and dissolve it in water. Worked fine, as long as it is finely crushed (even a small chunk will not go through the tube....which clogs it....which means you have to take it out and unclog it.....it is a mess....we have had to do this for other things....). Last night we tried dissolving a gel cap.
We tried opening the gel cap to just get the meds out....and found out how LITTLE there actually is in there!!! The gel coating is just that....coating. We tried dissolving the whole thing and found out how hard it is to dissolve the coating. In the end, the gel cap broke open after being soaked for several hours, and I just pitched the coating.
Do you know how expensive liquid meds are for kids....particularly when they are on the max dose???
Oh well. I guess a day of napping and tv is in Bossy's future. Without Mommy. *sniff sniff*