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The Mothering Instinct

Posted by Patience on April 28, 2009 at 7:00 AM in BabiesPatience
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hurting and happy

After a week of everyone getting the stomach bug and it was a "four is more" moment for sure, I picked up Lyra yesterday and found a her left ear was draining a lovely shade of yellow. I knew right away it was a ruptured ear drum. I could list the minimal signs I saw through out the week but this was just one of those times you feel like a total parenting loser.

This poor child had probably been in terrible pain, with no words to tell me and relying on me to figure it out. I have been on a string of bad calls lately. Taking one kid in too soon or for something silly, waiting too long for another. I'm starting to question my mothering intuition when it comes to sickness. Not to mention the $1000 per month insurance premium and high deductible thrown into the mix, but don't get me started. Lyra, of course, was happy the instant it ruptured and is on the mend. Ears are always tricky and I am not a doctor.

Have you ever lost your parenting mojo? Whether it's health or discipline or school?
Tell me how you got it back in the comments. Even more interesting, what do you think of the cost of healthcare in our country, do you think universal healthcare would help our problems?


Amber writes...

I don't know what the solution is to the American health care system. I will say that I am Canadian, and so obviously I have universal health care. There are problems with the system, but for families of 3 (or more) the premiums in my province are $108 / month. There are no co-pays or deductibles, and no one can be denied coverage for medical reasons. Low-income families have their premiums covered, and there are parts of Canada where no one pays premiums.

I am so glad that I don't have to think twice about taking my kids to the doctor or hospital. While I think improvements could be made to the Canadian system, I also think we are very lucky to have it.

Evita writes...

I do believe that universal healthcare would help our problems. I have a blind/severely autistic son. If I take a higher paying job, I won't be able to afford my son's care on private insurance. So I take a lower paying job and he can stay on his Medi-Cal waiver. But this leaves me barely able to support myself and my older child. If I didn't live with family, I don't know how we'd live. It is truly frustrating. The health care system here stinks.

Kristen writes...

I guess this isn't a good time to tell you I wouldn't even have known that the yellow was a ruptured eardrum??

Tells you where I am these days.

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