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The most difficult job on earth??

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 26, 2012 by Mom...Interrupted22!!!

MOMS! We are doctors, lawyers, caretakers, maids, chauffeurs, butlers, janitors, nurse practitioners, cooks, social workers, counselors, etc.. Name a job and we have fulfilled the job requirements at some point during motherhood. All self-appointed titles that we carry with pride!

So I ask, “What is the most difficult job on earth?”

An Astronaut? Wikipedia defines astronaut as “a person trained by a human spaceflight program to command, pilot, or serve as a crew member of a spacecraft.”

A physician? Wikipedia defines physician as “a health care provider who practices the profession of medicine, which is concerned with promoting, maintaining or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury and other physical and mental impairments”.

A Rocket Scientist (aerospace engineering)? Wikipedia defines aerospace engineering as “dealing with the design, construction, and study of the science behind the forces and physical properties of aircraft, rockets, flying craft, and spacecraft.”

The President of the United States? Wikipedia defines the President as “the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.”

Hmmm. After some thought I would define my position as a mom as follows: A person self-taught through experience that acts as a pilot/crew member of the family navigating through the space rocks of life including patching up wounds, drying up tears and absorbing heartache and pain. In addition, this position has to promote and maintain the human health of her family through shopping for and preparing healthy meals, attending doctor appointments, dentist appointments, emergency room visits, urgicare visits and meetings with teachers. She helps design and construct various building blocks, Lego’s and Tinker Toys coupled with a lesson in engineering while simultaneously acting as commander –in-chief getting everyone where they need to be…..on time….all on a daily basis. No days off. No clocking in or out.

Now I ask this question again…..What is the most difficult job on earth?

HYDROCORTISONE VS TOOTHPASTE

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 20, 2012 by Mom...Interrupted22!!!

What a busy two days! Such a whirlwind but yet so “normal”. I’ve realized how far I’ve come with patience and restraint in dealing with the “experts”. It seems to be an evolving process. Initially, you put your trust and faith in them. That they know what they are doing and will steer you in the right direction. Then you realize, for some, your kid is the book they carry or the papers they wrote in college. You also begin to realize “Hey, I know this kid better than anyone!” and you’re better able to weed out the good ones from the not so good ones. Eventually, you learn to use them as a resource and to bounce ideas off of because….YOU are the expert.

I had to run the kid to the doctor yesterday which meant he would have to see any available doctor. We all know how that goes. (I posted some hilarious thoughts on my Facebook page as the day went along.)  So I sit and listen to him “educate” me on the need for a physical. He says, “especially with his “PDD” and other issues you want to make sure that is a priority.” He follows with the fact the kid hasn’t had one since they have gone “electronic”.  I quickly roll off the surgeries, seizures and visits to his pediatrician he has had since they have gone “electronic” with as much attitude as I could muster. Then I realized, remember, just nod and say “umm huh”. They like that. What do you know, as soon as I do that he quickly finishes the exam and we’re on our way.

As the day continues to roll on I only have a few hours to get back home and prepare for a 12 hour overnight shift at work. #sigh Here we go! At the end of all the chaos and rushing out of the door I learned probably the most important thing there is to know as a working mom trying to hold everything around her down…..don’t put the hydrocortisone in the same basket as the toothpaste. #yuck!!!