My children are four and six. Kyle is six and is in first grade. Khloe is four and goes to voluntary VPK. This is voluntary Pre-Kindergarten. She spends three hours in daycare a day. My son is in school for a full day. We were healthy all summer because both children were home with me. Three weeks into the school year and my son and I are sick with a virus caught in school.
The schools tell you to keep your children home when they are sick. This is most important when they have a fever, diarrhea and are puking. The parents are supposed to keep their children home, but many of them do not. They are parents that work all day and don’t want to stay home from work with their children. I am home during the daytime, so I am able to keep my children home when they are sick.
I am in the middle of working eleven days in the row. I deliver pizza at night because it allows me to be at home in the day when my wife is in work. This allows me to pick everybody up from schools and work. It also allows me to be home when my children are sick. I also work for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rays as an in seat beer vendor. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played Sunday and the Tampa Bay Rays played Monday night, Tuesday and Wednesday against the Yankees.
Sunday was ninety-three degrees and humid at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. It was hard work vending beer and water in the sultry heat. The Tampa Bay buccaneers came from behind and beat the Cleveland Browns. Most of the fans went home unhappy because they were Cleveland Browns in The Bucs stadium. We had a second coming of sorts of Cleveland’s “Dog Pound”.
Monday night was better because we worked inside Tropicana Field which is air conditioned. The biggest problem was the stadium was only half full for the Yankees-Rays showdown. You had two of the best pictures in the American League facing off. Sabathia faced off against Price and both men pitched incredible games. The Rays won in the eleventh inning 1-0. Last night was my six day in a row of work.
I drove home in the pouring rain, reaching home to a six year old boy with a fever. I was beginning to feel terrible myself. I had a headache during the Rays game and believed it was from the heat the day before at the Buccaneers game. My wife and I got the kids to bed and I finally went to bed.
I woke up at four AM with one of the worst sore throats of my life. I took some medicine to soothe the pain and went back to sleep. I woke up at six AM with horrible diarrhea. It was not a good night for me. My wife woke me up at the usual 7:30 AM with a sick six year old little boy. He also had a sore throat. My daughter must have stronger Philippino blood in her system because she is not sick yet.
On the way to my daughter’s school and my wife’s work, I asked my son if anybody in his class was sick this week. Sure enough, a little girl was very sick last week. Lucky for my son and I. We get to stay home and deal with this virus caught in another public school.
Are the precautions you can take to keep from getting sick when your children go to public schools? There are things like washing your hands, keeping your sick kids home, eating healthy and taking care of yourselves. The problem in public schools and daycares is not every parent is responsible for their children. The good public schools and daycares try to weed out the sick kids, but they cannot always keep the sick kids away from the healthy kids. This is why (after three weeks of school) my son and I are sick again. This is the same reason the flu and viruses spread quickly through our public schools and daycares every year.
Now, I have to find some rest today and try to work game two of the Rays/ Yankees tonight. I cannot imagine how it is going to feel carrying all that beer tonight. I better take my sickly body back to bed and rest up. If you have a sickly kid, please keep them out of school. Please respect other children and their parents. I know we are a sharing society, but come on. Who really likes to get part ownership of headaches, sore throat, and diarrhea? Not me.