G has her first URI since March. Super runny nose, pitiful-looking puffy eyes and face, low grade fever. I’m sure she got it from school. She actually told me specifically which playmate of hers came to school with a runny nose, but I’m not sure whether to trust intel from a toddler.
Back in the day, I happily sent my afebrile-but-snot-ridden children to school, which was (generally) allowed. I actually called the school to find out what the current COVID-era policy is — should I get her tested? Keep her home until completely symptom free? (I was sort of assuming the answer to both would be yes).
However, there is apparently no real policy about testing and “she can still come in if her mucous is clear.”
(So um . . . isn’t this a recipe for potential undetected COVID spread?)
(We still have 2K cases/day in the state and 200 in the county)
(And yes I know choosing to send the kids to school was my choice so I shouldn’t complain, and honestly the past 4 weeks have been amazing and so I’d say it has been worth it!)
All that said, (#&*(@#. As I was tired all weekend and then felt some very mild gunk creep into my throat by the end of the day yesterday, I now feel the right thing to do is to get us both tested today and avoid going to the office & seeing patients in person until my result is back. There are now multiple local places we can go to get tested, which is great. HOPEFULLY results turnaround time is quicker than it had been. I was supposed to have a full day of in-person patients today but I guess I’ll move them and/or convert to telehealth.
And ALSO — I think all of this means keeping Cameron (who has no symptoms) home, because if G & I test positive, then his class is potentially exposed too. So basically – enormous life disruption for a runny nose & mild URI symptoms.
But I actually think this is probably what everyone should be doing right now — being cautious and testing at any sign of even mild illness. This is how larger outbreaks are prevented . . . right?
I just hope everyone else has the sense to keep their snotty kids at home too. So ($&@$ disruptive.
PS: Our nanny feels comfortable continuing to come in, a fact for which I am very grateful. Hopefully this is just a run of the mill URI. (Which it probably is!)
I let Laura cover the BOBW episodes (she posts on her blog & I do the insta!), but this one deserves a special mention:
It’s my sister + baby Miriam! She has a unique story to tell, plus words of encouragement to others who may be considering a solo parenting journey. Listen here (or anywhere you find podcasts)! For my knitting/crocheting readers, her store can be found here.