It’s one of those days, when you wake up to a sick child. It’s not the flu, not strep throat, but a cold. Obviously, most of the time you can push a cold through to get by your day. However, I know how sometimes a cold makes me feel. At times, it just seems like an annoyance and other times, I feel like a bus hit me. So, how can you tell with your child if they’re dramatizing the extent of their sickness or they legitimately feel like death on end.

My son has had a cough for a few days now. However, this morning he complained about his throat. Then, on the way to school, he complained that his head was hurting. At that point, I could tell that this was the day that he definitely didn’t feel good. So, what am I supposed to do? I can’t take off for work, because I already know that they’re short-handed. However, work doesn’t start until 10:30, so I may have some time to possibly squeeze in an appointment.


The doctor’s office doesn’t open until 8:30, the same time that the school opens their doors. I had a tough decision to make – drop him off at school or keep him with me? So, I dropped him off and took a chance that the doctor’s office would be able to get my son in this morning. However, I was mistaken. I was given the choice between 11:15 today or 12:15 tomorrow. I told them to put us down for today, but I knew I was taking a chance of screwing up my job. I tried calling whoever I could to verify if it would be okay. My co-worker insisted that they would be okay if I was out for an hour or so.

I just hate having that feeling that my son is struggling and suffering through the day if he honestly doesn’t feel well. I had a nasty cold last week. In fact, that Wednesday that I was scheduled off work, I spent the whole day in bed – I felt horrible. I wonder if that is how my son feels today. I’m sure he would like to put his head on his desk for some rest, unfortunately it’s a little frowned upon.


So, I’m hoping that when I come to get him from school it’ll make him smile and make his day. I hope that the doctor gives him medicine that makes him feel better. I hope that I can comfort him and take the pain away. I hope this nasty little cold goes away, especially before the holidays, so he can truly enjoy that joyful time. Hopefully, work will go smoothly without me for an hour or two. All in all, I need my baby to feel better. I hope I made the correct decisions on how I think my son feels. It is trial-and-error to make accurate predictions about our children, but sometimes our parental instincts kick in and we just simply know.


Written by J. Marie

Mom of three boys. Assistant Manager - Meris Gardens Bed & Breakfast . Blogger . Photographer . Marketing Director . Custom Art . Part-Time Student . Pursuing career in Mental Health Services

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