Quote from mustlovepoodles
I'm the same way. I was raised by my mother, a hard working night shift LPN. We understood that we better not wake her up unless it was a *true* emergency. Because if it wasn't their would be serious consequences. I used to tell my kids, when I was working nights, "Don't wake me up unless my hair is on fire or they drop a hydrogen bomb in the backyard."
Seriously, I missed strep throat in one kid for about a week. Another one got a buckle fracture after skating without wrist guards--almost missed that one. Another fractured her kneecap--took me about 4 hours to figure that one out. And the first time my youngest had a seizure I thought he was messing with me and i YELLED AT HIM to knock it off(!)
Yeah. not my finest moments.
I'm in good company then... took my kid to the pediatrician for this weird rash all over his torso. He had told me ONCE a few days previous that his throat hurt, but it was first thing in the morning and he has a tendency towards spring and fall allergies (mouth breathing / postnasal drip while sleeping), so I told him to drink something and see if it got better. He never said anything else and was eating/drinking/playing just fine, and I didn't think about it again (until we were at the doc's office and the nurse looked at his torso and said, "strep?" and I did that "DOH!" face... felt like the worst mom ever!).
Same scenario another day -- mentioned sore throat in the morning, played all day long, then at 9pm asked if he could sleepover at a friend's house. Asked him if his throat still hurt, he said, "kinda" so I told him to bring me a flashlight. Took one look and said, "OMG! What the ????? Go put some shoes on, we're going to the ER!" (We don't have an urgent care clinic in town, and that boy needed abx STAT... it was all kinds of green and purple and red and oozy gook in there! And no, I did not let him go to the sleepover!)
Then there was the time in kindergarten when a neighbor kid cut my kid's scalp open with a rock, sliced a good flap just above his hairline over his left eye. He probably needed stitches, but I knew they'd do a hack-job on his hair at the ER, and school pictures were that week.... I figure if I got the bleeding to stop and he didn't get an infection, no harm / no foul, right? RIGHT????