2016-03-16 09:59
rmc28: Rachel smiling against background of trees, with newly-cut short hair (Default)
[personal profile] rmc28
I was over the cough enough by Thursday to work from home the rest of the week, and to take Charles around some Science Week things on Saturday, and to meet up with [ profile] beckyc for Bolshoi Ballet at the cinema on Sunday (all of which kind of deserve their own post) and I was gently cracking on going to work in the actual office this week and then ...
  • I managed to take the only set of bike keys with me to a thing at the hospital yesterday afternoon, and Tony needed them to collect Nico from nursery
  • so I tried catching a bus back to work after the thing, which in theory takes about 20 minutes, and in practice after an hour in horrible rush hour Cambridge traffic I disembarked and hoofed at speed to the nursery instead, and got there 10 minutes before closing, go me
  • and then I managed to coax a 3yo to walk nearly 2km home, go both of us
  • I have an essay crisis this week and really needed to work on it yesterday evening, and the whole bike-bus-nursery palaver didn't help.
  • and then Nico would not go to sleep 
  • and then started crying like in pain and saying his ear hurt, and we checked him over for signs of illness and injury but found none
  • so we gave him paracetamol anyway, because he was in pain
  • and he did go to sleep almost immediately after that, and though he woke up an hour later pain-crying some more, he went back to sleep fairly quickly
  • and this morning he was his usual full-of-beans happy self
  • so this morning I took him to nursery and mentioned the ear thing
  • and got sent home with him because the rule is no nursery for 24 hours after a dose of paracetamol
And argh, I appreciate the reasoning, and I want the nursery to be as minimal an infection source as is possible with large numbers of small people with no sense of personal space, and I would hate it if Nico got suddenly iller and made the other children ill, but it was a sudden and unexpected inconvenience.  Mostly I wish I'd known/remembered the rule before I cycled to nursery and back.

Working from home while in charge of a healthy and active Nico is pretty difficult at the best of times (looking after an ill Nico is actually easier because he tends to be quieter and less mobile) so I am not even trying.  I have asked for an emergency day's leave instead.

(and it might mean I get something done on my essay? who can say)


Date: 2016-03-16 10:47 (UTC)
ruthct21: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ruthct21
Consider yourself hugged Rxx

Date: 2016-03-16 11:33 (UTC)
naath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naath
I get really bad ear ache if my ears get cold; it may be that in future the addition of ear-warming garments (hats, earmuffs) might lessen the chance of ear-pain (which is HORRID to the point that I'll take the maximum safe dose of all the pain killers, but not AIUI contagious).

It is good that the nursery cares about not letting sick kids come in and make all the other kids sick; although I'm not sure why they've concluded that "in pain" and "sick" are the same thing.

And the traffic is wretched :(

Date: 2016-03-16 11:43 (UTC)
naath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naath
Oh, hoods don't keep out the cold wind from the ears at all IME, buffs are fabulous.

Bikes are indeed ftw.

Date: 2016-03-16 11:49 (UTC)
falena: Picture of a girl hiding behind a camera, reflected in a mirror. (Default)
From: [personal profile] falena
Lots of hugs. This all sounds very rough. (You're a superwoman, I admire you so much).

Date: 2016-03-16 13:28 (UTC)
ext_66326: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
I hope the rest of the week is better!

BTW Mike was asking how you were doing (I mentioned you in the context of bakfiets and insurance), and delighted to hear you're so well!

Date: 2016-03-16 15:23 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bens_dad
Medically paracetamol is both a pain-killer and a fever-reducer (anti-pyretic). Infection can cause fever, so I can see the "justification" in that case, but when paracetamol is used as a painkiller I'm not so happy with the rule.

Do the teachers take paracetamol for a headache and do they then go home for 24 hours ?

There is the point that if a small child has had a painkiller then they may need another one when the first has worn off, but even so the rule sounds as if it is confusing two different things.

Date: 2016-03-17 07:28 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] swaldman
I wonder whether the parents who attempt to drop off clearly-unwell children would just forget to mention the paracetamol....

Date: 2016-03-16 15:45 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nanila
Trying to work from home with children who are not quite ill enough to be tired is an experience I have had far too frequently in the last couple of months. Much sympathy.

Date: 2016-03-16 16:59 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] owlfish
On one hand, I admire the likely reduction in child-passed contagion from that paracetemol rule. On the other hand, it makes me treasure that our nursery is willing to *administer* paracetemol (but nothing else without a doctor's note).


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