Monday, February 25, 2008

The Good Toys

Maddie woke up last night with a fever of 102.5, complained that her throat was hurting and vomited. Since she has had a fever off and on since Friday, I decided to take her to the doctor.

Which leads me to this. . . Why are all of the good toys in the sick child area? As I sat in the waiting room- after Maddie vomited all over the place- I noticed all of the other sick kids. One had suspiciously pink eyes. Another had a nasty, snotty nose and a crazy, scary cough.

And, they were all playing with the toys. The germ infested, virus contaminated toys. There was nothing I could do about it. How do you tell your sick baby not to touch the really cool rocking horse? Or that super big bead thing?

"Sorry, honey, I know you are sick, but that kid over there, with the green stuff coming from his nose, just touched it. Yes, darling, I realise you just threw up on the chair, but that's different. I understand that we don't have these toys at home, and they are lots of fun, but you absolutely can not play with them. In fact, don't even look at them."

Yeah- I see that going over well. When sitting in a waiting room, for God knows how long, it is absolutely imperative to not have a screaming 4 year old. Hell hath no fury like a sick preschooler, when faced with a room full of toys and instructed to leave them alone.

I looked longingly into the well child area. There was a little boy that kept looking out the window, at the sick area. And, he wanted out.

When the door opened, to call back a sicko, he made his escape. He ran right to the toy that Pink Eye Patty had been playing with. The mom tried, but she was too late, "Nooooooo!" she screamed.

As we were leaving, Maddie wanted to play with the toys again. I wouldn't let her. I assured that we would be back. Probably next week, and probably with pink eye.

And that the little boy that got in trouble would probably be there, too.

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14 comments:

Amy said...

It is so hard to keep them away! My doctors office doesn't have any toys. They have a train that goes around the ceiling and 3 TVs blasting the current Disney movie of choice. I like that.

Karen said...

Thankfully the only toys I've encountered are at the specialist's office, and kids are rarely contagious there.

noble pig said...

Oh lovely...my peds office has zero toys for that reason I guess. But the kids hate tha too.

Misty said...

Isn't life like that though? All of those lovely, fun and colorful things always in the places we shouldn't dare go??? Perhaps it's my own fever which is inducing this sudden depth where none should be... hmm...

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Irene said...

My kids' doctor has very few toys, mostly books and a TV. Luckily, I don't take them there very often.

Hope Maddie is feeling better very soon!!!!

chantillylace1979 said...

Hope your little one feels better soon.

Amy said...

LOL!
The doctors office should have some disinfectant handy, it might be nice to have it in with the sick toys.
Maybe this is their money making scheme, keep that good ol' sickness circling around.

Bren said...

So true! I always cringe when my kids want to play with the same toys other kids are coughing and sneezing all over.

I usually soak them in antibacterial hand wash as soon as we get called back.

suchsimplepleasures said...

really...they have toys at your doctors office...ours only has a fish tank and a television! i guess that's good then, huh?!
xoxo
hope maddie feels better!!

Kellan said...

You write the best posts!! This is so true and so nasty - isn't it!?! I guess this is part of what keeps those doctors in business - those nasty toys.

Hope you baby feels better soon - take care - Kellan

Laura said...

I try to carry a few small toys with me, for that very reason...though we don't end up in the office very often, thankfully....

hey, I tagged you...you're IT...come see!

girlymom4 said...

I can so relate! My old drs. office was the same way. My new one has no toys - anywhere! It kind of makes it easier...

Kimmylyn said...

I can't stand the toys at the doctors office.. It is a fight everytime I go..And they never want to play with the toys you brought for them either.

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