Having a child with asthma and allergies sucks. Being a working mom and having a child with asthma and allergies really sucks. For example, you get used to calls that go a little something like this:
“Hi, this is the school nurse calling in regard to Jordyn. Is this Mrs. P?”
“It is. Is her inhaler not working?” When I see the school’s name pop up on my phone and hear the nurse’s voice, I already know the deal.
“No, her breathing is not improving with the inhaler and…”
“You want me to come get her.”
“Yes, ma’am, if you could.”
“Yep, I’m on my way.”
Thankfully, I’m blessed with a job that allows me to work from home when needed. And in my current role, I’m no more than 10 minutes away from my daughter’s school when I’m not in the field. That hasn’t always been the case though. There was a time when I was more than 30 minutes away from daughter’s school, had to get permission to leave if she had an attack and those hours were just gone. There was no “working from home” to make up the difference. So while I’m truly, truly thankful that things are “easier” now than they were in the past, asthma still sucks and we hate it.