Things That Get on my Nerves…

Sep 21, 2007 | On Motherhood, Simply Ang | 6 comments

French class Monday was fun…lots of fun but a few moments into it I heard a few “sniffs.” My head shot up – Who was it? Where are they ? Stay away from me and my kid! I looked around the room, there were no red noses, no glassy eyes. Someone either just needed to sniff or someone was faking it really good!
I tried fight my impulse to grab Aidan and run. I am sure that would have gone over tres bien. Then when we all took hands to play “Big circle, Little circle” I cringed, desperate for a surgical mask and some antibacterial!

Call me nuerotic , call me a malade imaginaire – I DON’T CARE!

I hate getting a cold. And when Aidan gets one I want to throttle the person who left the house instead of staying home in bed where they belong!!! I have friends and family that don’t seem to be bothered by getting 4-6 colds a year. To me, that is completely unacceptable and I will go to great lengths to avoid it.

I know there are people that love me that are greatly irritated by how adimate I am about this. I will go so far as to not hug a family member that is sick – quelle horreur! It was two years before I would drop Aidan off at a church nursery (and I am seriously considering NOT letting him go this winter) (My poor friend Beth dropped her almost one-year-old off last week for the first time so she could attend a Bible study – sure enough my the next morning the poor little princess was a runny mess! Talk about mad, her phone call the next morning was full of motherly frustration.)
At ten months old I stopped taking Aidan to the pediatrician! Just a waiting room FULL of snotty, cootie infested children! Before you think me irresponsible Aidan did visit his cardiologist when that was required, he visits our Chiropractor at least once a week and he eats more produce in a day than most do in a week. He also, allow-me-to-brag, by the way has only had two other 48-72 hour colds, he has never had the flu and NEVER in all his 27 months had an ear infection!

Back to my rant…Look, I am not trying to be rude, I am trying to keep myself and my family well.

PEOPLE – the common cold in EXTREEMLY contagious! It is RUDE to expose other people, especially THEIR CHILDREN to your germs. You’re not the one who has to listen to them snotting and snorting the night away in their crib only to wake up two days later with your own horribly sore throat and snot dripping down the back of your throat!

Yes, that is right. Monday was French class and by Tuesday night Aidan was sneezing up a storm and now it’s Friday and I have just canceled my appointment with my Midwife for today – heaven forbid I expose her to this cold. She has babies to deliver this weekend!

So I am pissed, I prayed some serious prayers over Aidan Wednesday night as it had become very clear that his was not allergies that I had hoped for. He slept through the night last night and has only asked me to wipe his nose thrice this morning. He has been on an intense round of chewable vitamin C, liquid Echinacia, raw garlic, water, fresh air and absolutley no dairy products. Now, I am following suit (Joel too, as he woke up feeling the same way). I WILL NOT be leaving the house today but I am very thankeful that Aidan got it first. I hate being the one who doesnt feel well knowing the odds are I am going to pass it to my son.

So, here is the thing. IF you are sick – please stay home. It does not just apply to airplanes. Don’t drop your kids off at Sunday School, don’t think that just because you don’t have a fever you’re OK, don’t come to my house, don’t kiss my kid…I am sure your getting the picture. I only wish I could insert this blog into the church bulletin!

Be irritated with me. Think me rude. I don’t care – I am the one sitting here wiping Aidan’s nose and keeping my own snot off the mouse!

Bonne Sante!


  1. cityfarmer

    I too, prayed over him…your point clearly made…whats’ up with people and their brains…I think Mothers are jsut to weak to stay at home….they need outside stimulation or some such thing…Heck, even a backache starts me cancelling plans…

  2. Faith

    Preach it Sista!!!

  3. Parisienne Farmgirl

    Mom (Cityfarmer) I think in most cases (aside from the rare case of a single working mom who has no choice but to drop a child off at daycare) I think it is an outside stimulation kind of thing for the mother. You read my mind!

  4. HomemakerAng

    ya know, WE JUST HAVE TO get together, unless of course you or I or a blessing of ours has any sort of thing that resembles an illness, then STAY BACK! WE ARE so much alike! We don’t do the church nursery thing neither, nor will I be passing my newborn around church at any age, let alone, you probably won’t even see me for a month or 2 taking the blessing out in public!

    I just got finished typing a kind but STERN email to friends and family that want to “help” me after baby is born… I choose to not pass the other kids around, we have all looked forward to this moment and we are all staying home to be a fam… I am leaving that hospital ASAP and having a visiting nurse (hopefully she doesn’t smoke or have some illness…)

    My email to all says NO VISITORS in hospital when baby is born and IF you come to my house after baby is born, call first, don’t bring your children! YUHP! that is right! I stated I do not want any children around the babe until he/she is minimum 4 weeks old!

    I was in HORROR when I was in my 20’s and brought my newborn (i was 22 ok, i didn’t have a back bone, felt that pressure to tow baby all over… Boy has that changed, my backbone is STIFF:) ) to a family gathering and my SIL put her finger in my baby’s mouth so she could suck on it??????? WHAT!????? my newborn baby, your dirty finger????? how do people feel comfortable with crap like that??? I didn’t have any guts to say a word 14 years ago, but now, I head it all off! she never got sick but I was so ticked off!!!

    I never get why someone would also bring up their sick kids to the hospital to visit a newborn and mom and then ask you “can my 2 year old that just threw up this morning hold the baby”… THEY ARE NOT TOYS! Even a healthy kid that is not a sibling doesn’t really care to hold the baby for heaven’s sake, but some people are WEIRD!!!

    Don’t even get me started!

    On a side note, let me know if you have any homeschooling ?’s… My best instinct to homeschool in the beginning was God of course and then I though, “Ya know, I have known what was best for this child since day 1, now why in the world when they turn 5 would I think to turn them over tosomeone else that never has met them and would even have a clue what was best for her?”

    You are one smart momma!

    The world is not like it was when you and I were wee ones!

  5. carra

    I totally agree with you, I dislike the people who like sharing their flu. That is disgusting, it only takes couple of days to stay in bed! I can’t stand people with flu anywhere near me!


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