The Pox That Wasn't.

By alison March 13, 2006 22 Comments 3 Min Read

Baba

Listen, if I reach the end of my tether before the rest of you, do you want me to send you a postcard?

I’ve stripped him down and inspected him from all angles and glory be, Finley does not have chicken pox.

Yes the lower half of his body is covered in spots and yes they do look suspiciously blistery, but dear little Nursery Nurse they are not pox but the result of you, Darling, allowing him to help himself to a piece of toast last week.

Oh yes, Finley’s nursery have informed me that they take their breaks at the same time as the children have theirs and thus, they are not always there to make sure that my celiac ridden son doesn’t help himself to food likely to make him extremely ill.

Can you believe that? Two year olds eating apples and grapes and the forbidden fruit that is  toast all by themselves?? With no-one watching to make sure they don’t choke, because this you over anxious Mothers encourages independance??

And so it came  to pass that last Monday, when I thought my ears might just pop off the side of my head, nursery rang to say that Finley had been extremely ill and did we think it could have anything to do with the quarter round of wholewheat toast he had stole off Elliots plate?

We brought him home and nursed away the trauma of vomiting (he’s irrationally frightened by it: are your kids the same?) and my Mum cuddled him back to life and then in between feeling like dying and wanting to pull my hair out, I changed seventeen stinking horrible yellow nappies everyday for the next four days for my listless pot bellied little boy. Everytime a new nappy went on the stench of celiac poo would fill the room and off we’d go again. It was hell.

In between we phoned Ofstead who said the nursery was out of order and we took our findings to the owner of the nursery who said she was sorry but toys had to be put away and her girls needed a rest and yes she would guarantee that somebody would sit next to Finley whenever there was food around, but  she didn’t see the need to apologise because she simply hadn’t realised the gravity of the situation. 

I was too ill to argue. So we went home and  over the weekend  Finley came back to life  and the trauma passed and in our infinite wisdom we sent Finley to nursery again today, while I took up the task of securing him a place at the local montessori nursery.

And yet again we get a phone call: please come and collect Finley, he has chickenpox.

So as you know I kind of freaked out, ran to the school, brought him home only to find that the spots they are convinced are pox are actually the result of the shock of wheat in his little body and are  the common after effects of  a  celiac episode for poor little  Finn.

So panic over. Sorry for worrying you  Ladies!

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22 Comments

  1. persephone says:

    Glad to hear it wasn't chickenpox, but I couldn't imagine not watching children of any age while they eat. My six-year-old squirms at the table so much, I'm convinced he will choke one day.

  2. persephone says:

    Glad to hear it wasn't chickenpox, but I couldn't imagine not watching children of any age while they eat. My six-year-old squirms at the table so much, I'm convinced he will choke one day.

  3. lauren says:

    My word! It's just one thing after another for you! How awful! I don't keep up for a few days with your daily blog and come back to what has been nothing but chaos for you. I hope Finley is feeling better and so sorry for all your ills and troubles. Hope all are on the road (in a bentley to boot!) to recovery!lauren

  4. lauren says:

    My word! It's just one thing after another for you! How awful! I don't keep up for a few days with your daily blog and come back to what has been nothing but chaos for you. I hope Finley is feeling better and so sorry for all your ills and troubles. Hope all are on the road (in a bentley to boot!) to recovery!lauren

  5. June says:

    What a nightmare! I think putting Finley in another daycare situation is quite a good idea. I don't care what their excuse is–children should have a monitor at all times. The very idea of allowing any number of children to eat on their own gives me frightful goosebumps. You're absolutely right, they could choke or something. And these folks are professional childcare workers? I think not!

  6. June says:

    What a nightmare! I think putting Finley in another daycare situation is quite a good idea. I don't care what their excuse is–children should have a monitor at all times. The very idea of allowing any number of children to eat on their own gives me frightful goosebumps. You're absolutely right, they could choke or something. And these folks are professional childcare workers? I think not!

  7. Wendy says:

    Why didn't I think of that when I was working on the hospital wards. Yes all the nurses could go for their tea together, we could all chat and catch up! Okay there was one small problem, there wouldn't be anyone to look after the patients. Now maybe I'm just plain silly but surely it is just the same with children. Alison, I think not only do you need to find a new GP but also a new nursery, sweetie. Hope you and darling Finn are well!

  8. Wendy says:

    Why didn't I think of that when I was working on the hospital wards. Yes all the nurses could go for their tea together, we could all chat and catch up! Okay there was one small problem, there wouldn't be anyone to look after the patients. Now maybe I'm just plain silly but surely it is just the same with children. Alison, I think not only do you need to find a new GP but also a new nursery, sweetie. Hope you and darling Finn are well!

  9. Kristy says:

    I'm sure as a childminder Ofsted wouldn't be impressed one bit if I left the children to help themselves whilst I had a brew and a biccie!As for an not needing an apology as she didn't realise the gravity!Well again I'm sure that's her job to know!ALL medical information should be recorded and understood by all concerned ignorance is not an excuse.Nurseries sometimes make me so mad!Can't you find a nice childminder?Glad it's not the pox but sorry to say it won't be long before it is!

  10. Kristy says:

    I'm sure as a childminder Ofsted wouldn't be impressed one bit if I left the children to help themselves whilst I had a brew and a biccie!As for an not needing an apology as she didn't realise the gravity!Well again I'm sure that's her job to know!ALL medical information should be recorded and understood by all concerned ignorance is not an excuse.Nurseries sometimes make me so mad!Can't you find a nice childminder?Glad it's not the pox but sorry to say it won't be long before it is!

  11. Paola says:

    Phew! How terrifying. Though happy that it's not the pox (yet). Add me to the list of people who can't believe they're letting tinies eat unsupervised. Makes me glad for the Minx's excellent nursery school (though I'd be even happier if I still had use of the arm and a leg I've had to surrender to pay for it…)Hearing any better?

  12. Paola says:

    Phew! How terrifying. Though happy that it's not the pox (yet). Add me to the list of people who can't believe they're letting tinies eat unsupervised. Makes me glad for the Minx's excellent nursery school (though I'd be even happier if I still had use of the arm and a leg I've had to surrender to pay for it…)Hearing any better?

  13. happyapple says:

    Grrrr, just reading that made me so mad, to think no one is there while the children are eating?! And their blase attitude?!Well thank God he doesn't have chicken pox, but poor little love felt so sick, and you were so sick at the same time … update us on what you find out about placement at the Montessori school, one of my good friends has her little ones in one and LOVES it…

  14. happyapple says:

    Grrrr, just reading that made me so mad, to think no one is there while the children are eating?! And their blase attitude?!Well thank God he doesn't have chicken pox, but poor little love felt so sick, and you were so sick at the same time … update us on what you find out about placement at the Montessori school, one of my good friends has her little ones in one and LOVES it…

  15. Joanna says:

    Alison,What a time your family has had. What a response from the nursery, amazing that they don't take on what should be their job!
    I agree time to move Finley where he willbe in no harms way.
    I hope this will be a better week for all!
    Thinking of you, Joanna

  16. Joanna says:

    Alison,What a time your family has had. What a response from the nursery, amazing that they don't take on what should be their job!
    I agree time to move Finley where he willbe in no harms way.
    I hope this will be a better week for all!
    Thinking of you, Joanna

  17. allison says:

    I just can't believe it – refund on nursery fees? Poor Finley how awful for him to unnecessarily go through this. He must be a little itchy now too.

  18. allison says:

    I just can't believe it – refund on nursery fees? Poor Finley how awful for him to unnecessarily go through this. He must be a little itchy now too.

  19. Joanna says:

    Alison,
    What a time your family has had. What a response from the nursery, amazing that they don't take on what should be their job!
    I agree time to move Finley where he willbe in no harms way.
    I hope this will be a better week for all!
    Thinking of you, Joanna

  20. Joanna says:

    Alison,
    What a time your family has had. What a response from the nursery, amazing that they don't take on what should be their job!
    I agree time to move Finley where he willbe in no harms way.
    I hope this will be a better week for all!
    Thinking of you, Joanna

  21. Sara says:

    I'm so sorry to hear that this all happened Allison. We have similar problems with my son's previous daycare. They gave him a triple dose of his medication (he had chronic ear infections at the time). Apparently the girl, even though I wrote in the med book what to give him and when, thought that she was supossed to give him all the doses at once. Thankfully when I called the pharmacist up, they said it would not cause harm. However, we pulled him out of that day care that day, never to return.The owner was much easier to deal with. She rang me up at work to apologize, told us her plan for chaning their system as to how the meds were administered, and even offered us a discounted rate should we ever wish to return. Which of course we don't, but clearly she handled it much better than your nursery did. I have to admit that should I have been in a situation where I was told they didn't feel the need to apologize someone would have had to physically restrain me.

  22. Sara says:

    I'm so sorry to hear that this all happened Allison. We have similar problems with my son's previous daycare. They gave him a triple dose of his medication (he had chronic ear infections at the time). Apparently the girl, even though I wrote in the med book what to give him and when, thought that she was supossed to give him all the doses at once. Thankfully when I called the pharmacist up, they said it would not cause harm. However, we pulled him out of that day care that day, never to return.The owner was much easier to deal with. She rang me up at work to apologize, told us her plan for chaning their system as to how the meds were administered, and even offered us a discounted rate should we ever wish to return. Which of course we don't, but clearly she handled it much better than your nursery did. I have to admit that should I have been in a situation where I was told they didn't feel the need to apologize someone would have had to physically restrain me.

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