I am not a stay at home mom. I work full time and my husband works two full time jobs, just to get us through the holiday season. We live 300 miles away from most of our family. So what do working parents do when their children get sick, daycare is not an option when kids are sick, and there is no family close by to help?
My five year old is sick. We are hoping it is just a cold and not that enterovirus that is going around. School rules are that you have to be fever free for 24 hours to return to school. My poor, sweet girl has had a fever for four days now. She has been out of school for three days, and will probably not be able to return until next Monday.
I work in healthcare, and trying to get a day off on such short notice without calling off and getting in trouble is slim to no chance. Healthcare workers are not allowed to be sick. We get written up and in some cases terminated for being sick.
My husband works for a hotel chain. They are also not allowed to be sick or have sick kids. Hotel workers also get written up or terminated for calling off sick or to take care of sick kids. Needless to say, his boss was mad at him on Monday because he called off to take care of our daughter.
I was scheduled to be off on Tuesday and was going to have my oldest daughter care for her on Wednesday (today) but my little one started having more trouble breathing, and her fever was 103 all day. I called off today. I will probably get written up for it when I return to work on Friday. I found someone to work for me on Thursday and asked if I can leave three hours early on Friday so my husband can go to his second job, he’s off from his first job.
Hopefully I will still have my job when I return to work. If not, at least I will know that my daughter was well taken care of while she is sick. Hopefully her fever will go down soon, and this won’t go into next week.