When our children are sick or when crisis takes over our lives, moms tend to take on a whole new persona.
After spending the last two weeks in and out of the pediatrician’s office, the emergency room and the hospital (sounds fun doesn’t it?) I think I have encountered the full spectrum of personalities:
1. The Over-Crier- She blubbers through everything, EVERYTHING. Checking her child’s pulse can send her into heaving sobs and don’t even come near them with that stethoscope. And a needle? Well you might as well admit Mommy to the psych floor.
2. The Over-Sharer- She has her own diagnosis, a mouth that cannot stop spewing unnecessary statements about her self, her income, her husband, her mother. I am assuming her nerves are causing this but there’s a chance it is a chronic condition. Favorite example (to a male doctor): “I’m sorry doctor, this all just sucks, I mean my son is admitted and then I start my period. Can I get free pads while I’m here?”
3. The Over-Caffeinated- A cup of coffee, or even a sip is too much for this bundle of nerves. The thought of sick kids, hospitals and anything that might happen next has this mom unable to sit still for more than half a second. She fidgets, she hovers over her child, her heart beats faster when her cell phone dies and she can no longer call/tweet/text while her child sleeps, she bites anyone’s head off who dares give her the wrong answer or <gasp> takes too long to respond to her child’s needs. (There is a slight chance that I fall in this category)
4. The Over-Tranquilized- A cup of coffee, or a pot, may do this mom some good. She is relaxed and calm and possibly snoring as her child lays in a hospital bed. The doctor must interrupt her snores to give the latest update and her favorite question is “Can we go home yet?” which she asks over the sounds of her child’s beeping monitors and gasping cough.
I’m not sure there is any right “mom type” for managing life when your kids are ill but I would imagine it would be some sort of super mom who is calm, collected and has several assistants, a chef, a nanny and a maid. I have yet to come in contact with said Supermom and hope to not spend any more time researching this subject.
So which one are you? What is your best coping strategy when times are tough?
AND… if you have a moment, I am still in the running to be in the Top 25 Blogs for Parenting Advice and Tips at Circle of Moms. Voting ends March 16th and I would love your vote every day until then. Thanks so much!!
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