Inbetweeny Days

I dislike Inbetweeny days, don't you?

You know, those days that are neither one nor the other.

The snow days that are not snowy enough to make an early judgement call on whether or not to get your child to school.

Then there's the sick days when you have to wake your child up at the usual, unearthly hour of 6.30 am just to see if they're sick enough to stay home! Lest they pull the wool over your eyes, not that my guy does that, or the guilt feelings descend at keeping your child home unnecessarily.

Pre-teen was sent home sick yesterday with inbetweeny tummy pains that were neither one thing nor another. Tummy rumbles that could be signs of a bug, a tummy stuffed with cafeteria food or of an underfed child being packed off to school with a mere slice of toast in his tummy! So the guilty mum feelings immediately envelop, until I reason that I can't force feed what is being refused.

From this early morning awakening from his deep, deep sleep - such a pity - I concluded very quickly that he was just about sick enough to stay home with a tummy bug.

So, we're having an Inbetweeny Sick Day.

While part of me wishes he'd just be fully sick and be done with it, mid term break beckons in 3 days time after all, I'm slowly coming around to the idea that Inbetweeny Days are not too bad really.

He's not sick enough to be howling for my constant attention, brow wiping and human drink dispensing skills. I can calmly ensure he has what he needs.

He's well enough and old enough so that I can nip out to the shops. Of course I issue a myriad of instructions before I leave, a bit like a broken record - or a scratchy CD if I'm to keep up with the times - which eventually elicited a grumpy 'Jeez (or words to that effect) mum, just GO'.

Sigh....

See, while an Inbetweeny Day means I have to stay home more it doesn't totally restrict me.

I'm beginning to see that this is quite a good thing as I realise I'm not doing my usual tail-chasing and meeting myself going backwards routine.

It seems that Inbetweeny Days can be more of an enforced sabbatical than enforced captivity and that's a really good thing.

Look, I even have time to write a blog only 2 days after my last one!

I could get to really like this.

However I'd better now and do a drinks run and make sure all's okay.

But wait, what's that I hear? A rumble from my tummy?

Nah, that'd just be hunger.

Bound to be.....

xx








12 comments:

  1. In-betweeny sick days are the best. You don't have to feel guilty that you're not getting out and being active like you do on a normal holiday or weekend.

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  2. @Midlife Singlemun: Yes I agree now, once you get over the guilt complex and make the decision to keep them home.

    Thanks for your comment.

    xx Jazzy

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  3. I never really had to deal with this as my kids tend to be either sick, or not sick. And unless they're actually sick, I send them off to school, especially when I was out at work as I had no choice. As it was, most of my clients must have thought that I had very poor health as they were always told that I was sick...children of course could never be mentioned! xx

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  4. @Blue Sky: My guy usually goes through the stages of 'getting sick' and I tend to send him in anyway as I don't want him out of school too long. I couldn't really send him in today as he'd been sent home yesterday but I really expected him to get sicker!He didn't! And now I have to go through the same routine tomorrow! I'm planning on sending him in though.....

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  5. I have to be honest and say that I like inbetweeny days! We had one just this week. I kept Nick home from school because he had a horrid head cold. It was a day that I didn't feel guilty because I wasn't doing anything with him. It was a day that I didn't feel guilty because he had too much tv and computer. I call those sort of days, mental health days! :)
    Hope your tummy is okay!

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  6. @Bright Side of Life: See, although I'm enjoying turning into a lazy slob I still feel a tad guilty! I'm thinking he's not sick enough for doctor visit nor well enough for school. We could end up living in Inbetween Land like, forever. This cannot be and as he's getting no better nor no worse I've decided, 3 days after he was sent home, it may be time for doctor's visit after all....

    Don't worry, I knew what you meant! They're mental health days for me too, for different reasons!!

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  7. ooooh, hope you're OK?! I agree, Inbetweeny days are much better than the other ones. And actually they are very much needed, especially in the run-up to half term..... :-)

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  8. @Steps Two Girls: Yes, we're all very relaxed here now!Especially since he missed 2 school tests and a booster shot. Turns out he has a viral illness, rest and fluids. At least he's not having me on although I did know that anyway :-)

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  9. Hope you are both OK, and feeling 100%! Inbetween days can be annoying, that loss of routine that makes you feel like a day's gone well. But sometimes, I love to embrace them, light the fire and just relax. They don't happen very often after all! :) xx

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  10. @BavarianSojourn: I'm fine thanks, thankfully didn't get what he has. He's still a bit under the weather. I'm beginning to fear that it may last until Nov 6th when Halo 4 comes out ;-)
    And yes, it is nice to embrace them and the Inbetweeny Days!

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  11. I hope you are OK. Inbetweeny days are good, we have a fair few of them here.

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