Monday, October 25, 2010
My employer contracts with a respectable local hospital to provide the service. It is part of my benefits package. The service is just as described. If your child is sick and can't be at their normal daycare, you can take them to the hospital and leave them at the sick child daycare facility. They get checked out by a doctor, then get to use the child friendly facility while you go to work.
I'm pretty sure most of my readers are parents and can easily see the problem with this concept. So can I, now. However, while we were expecting Lukas I thought that I would be taking advantage of this benefit often. It hasn't worked out that way. In his nearly 3 1/2 years, I have yet to load him up and take him to this facility.
That's because, as a parent, the last place you want to take your already sick child, is to a strange place - a hospital no less - where there are other kids sick with what you imagine are a whole range of contagious illnesses. (true, this time of year that would almost be like dropping him off at preschool) Personally, I haven't been able to do it. I don't imagine that I ever will.
Still, if there is an emergency at work and there was absolutely no other option, I would give some serious thought to leaving my son at such a facility. But I imagine it would be a toss up between that and just taking him to work with me. Thankfully my work is such that, even the most dire circumstances can wait for a day, or more when the duty of parenthood calls.
So, that's where I found myself today. At home with a sick boy. And, although I can monitor my work from home and take care of any necessary fires that arise, I count myself lucky that I can be here with him, providing fatherly comfort.
Then again if most parents also feel this way, perhaps the sick child facility wouldn't have any other sick kids there after all.
How about you readers? Would you, or have you taken your sick kids to such a place?
Posted by James (SeattleDad) at 3:26 PM