Where do All the Sick People Go?
When I was a little girl I remember my grandma protesting a doctor's visit, "I'm not going to the doctor to sit in the waiting room with all of those sick people." If grandma was alive today she wouldn't have to pay her doctor's $30 co-pay to sit with sick people. She could pay $10 and sit in the movie theater. Or she could pay $6 at the bowling alley. Or she could save her money and go sit in church with sick people for free!
Admittedly, my background treating clients with severe burns makes me a bit more of a germaphob than most. Still, some scenarios puzzle me. Here are a few. Sadly, none of them required any imagination on my part.
A mom leaves a child in a nursery with the parting comment, "He threw up on the way here, but I think he's fine." (Really? I wonder if she regularly has her child play with children who have just thrown up, say at the Burger King indoor play area. Why is a church or school nursery any different?)
Parents bring their child with them to bowling league. While playing in the arcade area, the child shares with his friends, "I was up at six this morning with diarrhea and throwing up." (Thanks for sharing your story and your germs.)
A mom takes a small child to the movie theater to see an animated film. The child is coughing so hard he begins to cry. (Really, how much fun can a "coughing 'til I cry" child possibly be having at the movies? Why not wait to go until he feels better?)
No one likes being sick. But when you have children, the pain is compounded...for three reasons. First, you hate to see your babies suffer.
Second, if it cycles through all the kids, you can be stuck inside for a good while. Just before Thanksgiving, we got to stay home for a month while a virus took its turn among us.
Third, the co-pays for doctor visits and medication costs add up quickly. That month at home cost us over $200.
As we embrace the 2008-09 cold and flu season, think beyond what you have to accomplish today. Think about the financial ramifications your cold or flu could have on another family. Then ask yourself, is it worth it? Is taking my child to see a movie worth another family having to stay home for a month? Is going to church or work today worth another family running up $200+ in medical bills?
Where do you go when you're sick? Please go to bed and take care of yourself!