ETA - There are no stores anywhere near here that would deliver groceries, and not all people have family close by.
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.
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
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.
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
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.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
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.
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