and the paranoia sets in…

I really hate being that mom… the one that freaks out about everything… but when it comes to my Ava… I’d rather die than see anything harm her. I finally let the swine flu outbreak get to me. I really tried to be more relaxed about the whole thing. I believed the whole, it’s nothing more than a different strain of the flu. But when Ava’s Day Care mom informs me that her part-time assistant, who is also an assistant teacher an elementary school, was just admitted to the hospital for having a persistent 104 degree fever over several days, I’m alarmed. As the story goes, she worked at the daycare on friday, she wasn’t feeling well over the weekend, went to the ER, they released her since all she seemed to have was a fever. By monday night, the fever hadn’t come down and later that night went into the hospital. I guess I should be grateful Ava’s Day Care Mom is forthcoming with information but combined with tonight’s evening news, I’m frightened. So I’m that mom. 25 schools closed in NYC, one of them just 3 blocks away from our home, 4 cases confirmed in an elementary school in NJ and also Riker’s Island (???) not to mention a toddler’s death that has yet to be confirmed as Swine Flu but suspiciously assumed so… I also happen to be living in the borough hardest hit by the Swine Flu, Queens aka “the hot zone”, St. Francis Prep is a mere 5 minutes away, so it’s amazing I’ve remained so calm until now. Now I have DH worried and he wants to keep Ava & her cousin home tomorrow. With my last final exam coming up, DH has to sacrifice a day or work from home to keep our kids safe… Once the paranoia sets in I can’t seem to stop. I want to ask if the Day Care is sending home sick kids, or asking parents to keep sick kids home. Are they washing the kids hands through out the day?! Am I washing her hands enough?! Where is it safe enough to let kids be kids and yet not fear the swine flu?! I think a bubble around Ava would be nice for a while…

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

  • Amy

    I would be completely paranoid too! I would be watching over my child’s every breath! I hope everything will be ok. Hang in there and try to relax a little. (I know – easier said than done)
    Amy (@amyjanie on twitter)


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