From The Confessional: ‘I Can’t Even Tell Where One Sickness Ends And Another Begins’

Dispatches from the depths of sick season.

by Emma Coburn
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If you have kids — especially small ones — in any kind of school, daycare, nanny share, or other program right now, you know: this sick season isn’t for the faint of heart. Between Covid, hand foot and mouth disease, RSV, the flu, stomach bugs, and regular old colds... it’s exhausting at best, and downright scary at worst. Here, 35 parents tell the Scary Mommy Confessional how they’re really feeling about all the coughing, snot, screen time, missed work days, and hours spent at urgent care.

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i have had at least 1 sick kid in my house since halloween. and i’m about ready to looooose it.

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I’m terrified they’ll end up in hospital again and there’s no beds 😭

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Teacher here: the work to take a sick day is insane (for myself or child) and so stressful

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The only way we are surviving this sick season with 3 kids is with me not working.

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My ex always sends them to me sick then b*tches at me for them missing school. So frustrating

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If you take your sick toddler to the playground, you suck. They can still infect others outside.

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I’d rather have all my kids get sick than have my husband get a “man cold”

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We have Covid but I’m afraid to say the word because I’m afraid we’ll be blamed for it???

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I wish my husband would stay home more with our sick kid but I have more sick days

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Tv is your mommy now. Two sick kids and no help.

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Bluey and uncrustables on REPEAT

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How am I supposed to have a full time job when my kids are home sick every other week?

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My husband becomes useless when he gets the “man flu” and I get angry when he’s sick

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Wishing for an overnight in the hospital to get a break from my kids so I can get well

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I got fired for taking time off to be with my sick daughter. Well worth it!

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Waaaay too much TV, but I really love the excuse to take it easy!

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I resent my spouse for being able to actually rest when he’s sick. I never get a break

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I hope my medically fragile child doesn’t die from a cold my other kids bring in.

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I spend the entire day paranoid that I’ll get in trouble with work for calling out.

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Hand foot and mouth followed by all 3 kids getting RSV during 3 weeks back to back

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Pretty positive the school nurse has me on speed dial. 🤦🏼‍♀️

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It is a revolving door of sickness with 3 kids in three different schools

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I’m a teacher so I’m the one bringing it home to my babies - so much mom guilt behind that 😅

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Sick days are always on the mom. Thus, mom always gets sick.

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Baby with RSV. Stressed, sleepless, and big siblings are getting sick of screen time.

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Spent 6 hrs in urgent care - 2 kids, ear infections & pink eye Insurance doesn’t want to cover the meds 😭

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My sil and bil always bring their sick kids to the holidays and it stresses me out

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Going on week 3 of the flu moving through our house, I can’t see the light at the end of all the coughing

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Heartbreaking to see them down and out when the fever rises

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Turns out you won’t get better when you can’t rest and have to take care of a sick kid too.

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F*ck school attendance policies! The school is the f*cking reason my kid is always sick.

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I wish I could be sick when my kids and husband aren’t so I could get a break

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My anxiety is so bad when my kiddo is sick, it makes it SO much worse.

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I can’t even tell where one sickness ends and another begins 🥴

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If you took care of sick kids today, you did a great job. This is a season. Hug and love them

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