Friday Fragments

Friday Fragments?

Friday Fragments is brought to you by Mrs.4444, friend and teacher extraordinaire.  If you haven’t played along before, today is the perfect day to start.  Just go to her site and link up, then purge your brain of all of those delicious tidbits floating around in your head.  It’s the equivalent of an enema for the mind!

***In talking about the good old swine flu with my doctor/friend on Wednesday, I do believe that when Eli was ill a couple of weeks ago he actually had it.  Mainly the terrible aching joints and the splitting headache and the high fever.  He missed a couple of days of school and just basically felt like shit.  Since I didn’t take him to the doctor of course we don’t know for sure, and of course he wasn’t out of school the requisite forty-eleven days, we also suspect that he single handedly started the epidemic in the school.  Go Eli! *

***In speaking of the swine flu, we also need to speak about the myriad other problems brought up by this illness.  I was reading about it on the district health website and the standard quarantine length is at least a full 24 hours after the fever is gone.  Which could be anywhere from four to ten days.  Of course the standard “rules” apply: don’t go to work or school if you have a fever, even a slight one.  And I get that, I really do, but tell me this: how is this really feasible when you live in a school district where you can’t miss more than XX number of days or you have to appeal to the school board for your credits (even if you are doing your work and getting passing grades on it)?  Or at work-I will tell you right now that there is no way in hell I could miss work for 4-10 days no matter how sick I was.  I have 13 hours of sick time left, so I guess if I DO get sick, I will have to manage to confine it to those 13 hours.  And this is how true epidemics start, when people are forced by necessity to continue to go to work and school when they are ill because they just don’t have any other viable options. 

***For some unknown reason, the kids thought it would be totally okay to have Owen watch a movie about zombies yesterday (they were out of school for some teacher workshop thing).  It was funny when he went to the store with Steve and saw a tall, lurking man and told Steve that he looked like a zombie. It was NOT, in fact, a good idea when he was in bed with us by 10:00 last night because he was afraid there were zombies in his closet.  Guh-reat.  I don’t mind so much when he climbs into bed in the middle of the night; I just move over and make room.  But when he comes in early like that, not all the way asleep, it is hard for all of us to get settled.  And he had an accident early this morning, which means I woke up smelling like pee. 

***I have been struggling with something lately that just doesn’t make sense to me.  You all know by now that Steve likes to cook, right?  So it has somehow fallen on him to make dinner this week, all week.  I did cook last night, but that consisted of throwing potatoes in to bake while the fish (for us) and chicken nuggets (for the kids) were also baking.  I have to guard against this because I feel like I have been taking advantage in some ways of his presence here, laying on the couch reading or whatever while he cooks-as if I am a queen and it is my due.  I think part of it stems from the complete relief of finally having appreciable  help in the house-I was on my own for over six years before he moved in.  Knowing that doesn’t make it okay, though.

***Julie commented yesterday on my not-so-frequent posting, and I have to admit that my voice seems to have disappeared just recently.  I am in a word period of stasis and am not sure how to get past it.

So there are the things that have been happening in my life/head this last week-for more fragments, head on over to Half Past Kissin’ Time .

*I am only teasing about Eli having single handedly caused the epidemic here.  It can’t be denied that there are a ton of kids out sick-dropping like flies, they are.  And I DO take it seriously, but also know that a big part of why it is spreading like wildfire is that there are too many people like me who don’t have enough paid time off of work to either be gone the prescribed amount of time OR who know well that making an appeal to the Board of Education to keep credits is terribly difficult. 

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24 thoughts on “Friday Fragments

  1. Enjoy that Steve helps out. Be the queen!

    I agree with you on the sick day issue. I’m out of days right now and don’t know what I would do if the baby or I got really sick. I’m lucky that my company’s pretty good about letting us work from home, but if I’m super sick and can’t do that either… I’m screwed. Plus taking care of a sick baby and getting anything quantifiable done is damn near impossible.
    .-= Cat´s last blog ..Friday Fragments =-.

  2. I totally agree about the stay home from school thing and have complained about it on my blog before. Throughout our entire school life its all about “even the slightest hint of a cold means stay home,” then we get out of school and start working and its all “BAM!” Totally the opposite. “Unless you’re dead, get your ass in here.” Talk about being set up to fail.
    .-= Matt´s last blog ..Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? =-.

    • @Matt, Isn’t THAT the truth? In our office, too, it’s like, “We don’t want to catch what you have,” but when we ARE sick, he’s all,”Can’t you make it through the day?” Can’t win sometimes, for sure.

  3. I’m there with you on the losing the voice thing. It’s just not there right now. Or rather, I don’t want to blog about the thing that is most bugging me at the moment.

    And go ahead and enjoy Steve cooking. Nothing wrong with that. It seems he likes to do it. But if it bugs you, maybe you guys could come up with a schedule. I do that here. On rehearsal or meeting nights, it’s his turn. And that’s about twice a week.
    .-= melissaz´s last blog ..Friday Fragments =-.

  4. Don’t feel bad about disappointing me/us with less frequent posts. I’m the most erratic blogger ever, so I can’t throw stones in this glass house. (I’m a dork!)

    And as discussed previously, I NEED a man who can cook!!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Warning: Cute overload! =-.

  5. I don’t know how I feel about H1N1. My nephew was diagnosed with it about 2 weeks ago. Very high fever, achy all over, headache, loss of appetite, etc. He’s fine now but the doctor told his mom that all flu cases right now are being identified as H1N1 because it isn’t technically flu season. So…sometimes I think it’s all hype.

    I totally agree about sick time at work. I work for a small company, there’s five of us total in the office. So, maybe I see them being able to enforce required time off for larger companies but for those of us who don’t work for huge companies we’re screwed. Either we’re sick and stay home not infecting anyone else and don’t get paid or we’re going to work infecting everyone in the office. I know people take advantage of sick time but really I don’t think employers should be able to dock you for being sick and missing work. Too bad we don’t write the rules!

    OH and HELLO! have you met me I’m the most random blogger and commenter ever!
    .-= Mrs. Ski´s last blog ..It’s been a minute! But here they are… =-.

  6. So what if Steve is doing a bit more cooking lately? He’s allowed to, and you’re allowed to not feel guilty about it! Enjoy it, everything cycles, and he likes to cook – all is good, ‘kay?

    Oh I am so confused about swine flu – the seasonal flu… gahh! I brought the boy home from school early because of coughing and sniffling (but I think it’s a small cold and allergies)…we have vaccination programs but they may come too late to make any difference. Geez.

    Don’t worry about not blogging, because I am such a slacker in that department these days. I cannot believe that once upon a time I used to post DAILY!

    Have a great weekend, Kori.
    .-= Karen MEG´s last blog ..Friday Fragments: Ch…ch…changes =-.

  7. I get what you’re saying about Steve, cause I find that I do that with C a lot. I used to always give, give, give, in all my other relationships, but with C I’ve been more lax, and it’s been wonderful to get something in return.

    I hope you’re having a good weekend!
    🙂
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Stepping Out =-.

  8. I would guess that with a medical diagnosis of H1N1, an appeal to the school board would not even be necessary. (Let’s hope they’re not that stupid.) I’m glad he was only sick for a short time (me, too, BTW).

    One year, Kendall’s 2nd grade teacher let them watch a PG-13 movie (The Labyrinth), which really ticked me off. Where did she get off making my decision for me. Kendall survived, but that teacher and I had a long year. Oddly enough, she turned out to be Kendall’s favorite teacher 🙂

    I love your occasional posts; they’re easy to keep up with, haha! Love you….
    .-= Mrs4444´s last blog ..Bummer…. =-.

  9. As I was reading that I was thinking yeah wouldn’t that be nice. I don’t even have sick hours that accrue. This constantly happens in the daycare setting too. Not to change the subject but that reminds me of when I was watching something on CNN about how the majority of Americans are satisfied with their health coverage. I would love to see exactly who they are talking about. Just like I’d love to see who could actually pull off taking 2 never mind 4-10 days off from work.

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