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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Do you guys really have days where you have no food in your homes? That is so foreign to me. I mean, we could probably live for a month off of our pantry and freezers. A month of maybe some weird repetition or food combos, granted, but yeah, at least a month. I can't imagine cutting my families food sources so close that an illness could literally leave us foodless. Don't you guys worry at all about any sort of crisis or power outage or storm or anything?

    I know for us, three local major chains (Acme, Safeway, and Giant) all have grocery delivery services). We also have drive through stores (Swiss farms) ~ a parent could put their sick child in the car and get some staples if need be without dragging an ill child around a grocery store. We also have delivery take out options out the wazoo. I also have a husband, he is good at getting food from stores. My Mom, or girlfriends grocery shopped for me when I broke my hip or when Jake was sick this winter.

    I guess I just think that she could do lots. I've never had a child throw up in public, or taken out kids with a fever, because of options.

    I feel like we just did this one, though, so I'll leave it alone. I honestly don't but the "oh woe is me there are no options and we have NOOOOO food". If that is truly the case, its poor planning big time.
    Just to clarify, you have never taken a sick child into a store? What do you do one your way home from the doctor and you need to pick up the RX?, or when you are home alone with the kids and they really need some kind of medicine?

    ETA - There are no stores anywhere near here that would deliver groceries, and not all people have family close by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Just to clarify, you have never taken a sick child into a store? What do you do one your way home from the doctor and you need to pick up the RX?, or when you are home alone with the kids and they really need some kind of medicine?
    Never. Ever. Our ped emails the Rx directly to CVS. It's a mile from our home. By the time I get there and go through the drive through window our medication is ready. We keep plenty of Tylenol or Advil on hand, and don't use pedialyte stomach meds vitamins or allergy medication. It's not that hard.

    Im shocked no stores in your area offer grocery delivery and its so common here. It was a life saver to me for a while when my first two were so young and we had two really bad winters back to back and dh was traveling all the time. Delivery was always free with some finagling.

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    We have stores that offer grocery delivery, but not everyday and it costs a fair bit. We also don't have drive through pharmacies, there is one that does home delivery but I don't use that pharmacy as they are more expensive. So yeah sometimes going to the shops with an unwell child is unavoidable. I had to take DS one day when he was off because it was grocery day and yes we had food, but he had been off food a little so I wanted some soup for him which I do not keep in the pantry usually, and we needed milk and bread. Of course he went from just feeling a bit warm and quiet to throwing up in the few minutes in the store, no time before or after that.

    These days so many people live away from family so those networks to help them are limited. Yes friends can sometimes help out, but there are times when they can't and in my case I have few friends locally and none who I am close enough to to call on to do a grocery run or anything like that. I guess this a debate where peoples answers are informed by their own circumstances

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    I am very sure there are no grocery stores that deliver here or where my parents live in NY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Don't worry, I'm not "wigged out" about it, and I don't consider myself alarmed or to have misconceptions. It's easy to tell when a child is ill and shouldn't be out. And yes, having 5 children I'm sure that you would go through 6 sick days quickly. None of that changes my opinion that it is unkind to both a child and to other children and parents to take out unwell children. If a mother needs tampons presumably she has a husband.....or yes, I guess a single mother with a sick child may have them out if she had no tampons or pads and had her period.
    I didn't mean you specifically get wigged out. I am stating in general that i disagree with parents who think others should keep kids home for the sole reason that their own don't get sick if the parent has decided the child feels well enough to be out. I would consider a parent who does this because a child has green boogers and a gross cough to be wigging out, acting irrational.

    I just threw out the tampons example not because it would be universally true for everyone, but just to give an example. I'm really surprised you can't fathom any reason why a parent would have to take a child with them somewhere when they dont' feel good. Is that really that incomprehensible?

    As for food in the house, this generally doesn't happen to us but we do get low on meal type stuff sometimes, its just that since there are two of us we don't often need to consider bringing sick kids with us. We do let food get pretty low in general before we do a big shop again, for various reasons. I hate it when things go unused in cupboards or in the fridge because new food comes in, this helps prevent that. Sometimes its simply time constraints, we may go the extra two days without going shopping when we really could have just because of other things going on. I also dont' worry about power outages. I've lived in the northeast my entire life and never had experienced a debilitating snow storm that could theoretically cause starvation and make food completely unreachable for a long period of time. And osmething like Sandy...plenty of warning ahead of time to prepare. And of course i could find something to eat in the house, but i guess i don't feel like the situation is quite as dire as you do. If I had to, i would bring my kid for the 20 minute trip so that i could make a proper meal for everyone...ideal? no...end of the world, definitely not..not even close if they have been able to rest for the majority of the day and are generally being tended to and getting plenty of rest.

    I mean unless we are talking like crazy severe here, like barfing...or can barely stay awake with a really high fever. Then the rest of us would have cereal for dinner if need be.

    We don't have grocery stores here that deliver...i'm guessing there are probably about 2 cities in this entire state that might possibly have any sort of grocery delivery and even then i could easily see them not having it either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    We don't have grocery stores here that deliver...i'm guessing there are probably about 2 cities in this entire state that might possibly have any sort of grocery delivery and even then i could easily see them not having it either.
    In the booming metropolis of Houston there is only one small specialty grocery store that delivers, and it doesn't deliver anywhere near my house, and it's not free. There is an option of using a concierge service to pick up at any story you choose, and it costs between $25 and $95 depending on the number of items they buy for you. No thanks, I'll take my sick kid to the grocery store for 20 minutes if need be.
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    I think it is elitist to think that any mom that has to go the grocery store with a sick kid is doing so because of poor planning, sometimes life happens to even the best planner. Sounds like you have it pretty great with drive thru drug stores and grocery delivery. I have it pretty easy too, even without either of those things, but I am well aware that without my support system it wouldnt be so easy.
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    We have grocery delivery here, and grocery pick up. I am lucky because Jace's immune system is pretty awesome most of the time. The last time I had to take him out was when he had strep throat in the middle of a hurricane and I had to beg the pharmacy (after taking him to express care) to fill his abx before they closed due to the storm. I don't believe in chicken pox parties and when he has more than a common cold he stays home with me. I also get pissed off when I see yellow and green snot coming out of noses, and I get even more pissed off when that snot ends up on my kid or his clothing.

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    Everyone chooses the community they live in and the support the system they have. Clearly I live in a community with a ton of resources, so you can see why I may not understand why a mother would drag out an obviously sick kid. Why would you when you have a wealth of resources available to you. I feel for you guys who have to take out your poor sick kids. I had no idea that places with so few options were so common

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE View Post
    We have grocery delivery here, and grocery pick up. I am lucky because Jace's immune system is pretty awesome most of the time. The last time I had to take him out was when he had strep throat in the middle of a hurricane and I had to beg the pharmacy (after taking him to express care) to fill his abx before they closed due to the storm. I don't believe in chicken pox parties and when he has more than a common cold he stays home with me. I also get pissed off when I see yellow and green snot coming out of noses, and I get even more pissed off when that snot ends up on my kid or his clothing.
    Is it your opinion that you can definitively tell that green snot is going to something to your kid that clear snot won't? Because scientifically thats false.

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