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WankmasterBastardDeLaShithead · 03/09/2020 09:00

I'm so pissed off. DD(15) has had very mild cold symptoms (the merest suggestion of a sniffly nose) for a couple of days. She's woken up this morning saying that she has a cough. I had been listening out for a cough over the last couple of days, and hadn't heard anything. I made it very clear to her that if she has a cough she and her other two siblings will have to be off school, I will have to cancel/rearrange, my work etc etc so she'd better be absolutely sure she really does have a cough before we commit to all the disruption. She spent the next half an hour getting ready for school, but coughing every couple of minutes. I obviously felt I had to "pull the cord", have phoned in to the kids' schools, emailed my clients, and arranged a test (which is going to be at least a 3 hour round trip). As soon as I'd done that, NO MORE COUGHING. Oh, apart from one more feeble cough as she slunk out of her room to get something from the kitchen.

I am sooooo fricking annoyed with all of this. I'm 99% sure she was hamming it up (NB she does enjoy school, so I don't think this is a covert cry for help or anything - I think she just rather likes the "drama" of it). I'm also annoyed with the sodding testing - I live in a major city, and yet will have to drive 1.5 hours to another town to get it done. WTF?

And it's my birthday tomorrow. I had plans for some much needed solitude and a run while the kids were at school tomorrow morning, followed my some family time and a meal out. That's all gone down the pan. I'll have to catch up on work instead, and be doing a shite job at "home eductating" the kids, and be cooped up until we're given the all clear (which could apparently be up to 5 days?!).


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IamaBluebird · 03/09/2020 09:43

Think there'll be a lot of parents dealing with this to be fair. 'Pull the cord' cough goes away.
Hope you manage to have a lovely birthday tomorrow Flowers

WankmasterBastardDeLaShithead · 03/09/2020 15:02

Thanks iamabluebird. I'm still in a shitty mood. The testing palaver has taken four hours out of my day, which I guess I'll have to make up tomorrow. DD is still "making her case" with the occasional weak cough. I'm struggling to offer her any sympathy. I'm pretty sure that if her life depended on it (or even just her phone) she'd manage to not cough.

Obviously I wouldn't be pissed off about it if I thought there was a chance that it was actually covid, but it just feels like a monumental waste of time and effort.

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WankmasterBastardDeLaShithead · 03/09/2020 15:48

Oh bollocks. I'm feeling remorse for my lack of sympathy and blatant irritation with DD. I think I've overreacted. She genuinely does have a cold, and even if it's a very weak cough I accept it needs to be checked.

I'm just so fed up. I desperately want/need the normality of the school routine, and some head space.

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WankmasterBastardDeLaShithead · 03/09/2020 15:51

And I'm really fucked off with the stupid testing system that requires me to drive 1.5 hours away. I think I've taken that out on DD.

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candycane222 · 03/09/2020 15:54

Aww, don't be hard on yourself. I would have 100% felt exactly the same (I know this as I swung the lead a fair bit as a teenager myself so would have been extremely sceptical too! Grin

Your DD might have been worried? To console yourself, imagine how you'd both be feeling now if her school had phoned to complain she was sneezing all over the teacher. A lot worse, I'm sure! And at least you got a test done, so hopefully you'll all know soon enough, even if you have a delayed birthday celebration.

candycane222 · 03/09/2020 15:54

And yy it is a super stupid testing system and no way at all to get on top of the infections so vulneralbe people can be safe again. Fuckers.

EvilPea · 03/09/2020 15:59

Fingers crossed it’s negative Flowers

This was us last week but with a high temperature because of the cold.
The testing system is utterly shit in some areas. 5-7 days for a postal test result Or a 100+ mile (each way) test.

WankmasterBastardDeLaShithead · 03/09/2020 16:23

Thanks for the kind posts. I've calmed down and apologised to DD for being a stony-faced cowbag, and she's been very generously understanding about it.

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GreyishDays · 03/09/2020 16:26

My daughter’s test was back in under 24 hours and we were told it would definitely be less than 48hours. Hopefully your daughter’s also comes back quickly. Send them into school as soon as it’s back, even if it’s the middle of the school day.

WankmasterBastardDeLaShithead · 03/09/2020 16:29

Greyish days - unfortunately they finish school at lunchtime, and one of them is at school the other side of town... But goddamit, yes if i could even have them all at school for two hours tomorrow, that would be something!

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GreyishDays · 03/09/2020 16:41

Gawd. We did the same with ours on Tuesday, all three off. I have to say there was no home educating, just some screen limiting.

Good luck.

CuriousaboutSamphire · 03/09/2020 16:48

Did she see all the hassle you went to to rearrange your day for her?

Then she has no need to gracefully accept anything! She will be fully aware of the lengths to which you will go to protect her and do right by her even to your own detriment.

Hopefully a day in bed, fluids and some sleep will see her right and you will be able to salavage something out of tomorrow!

WankmasterBastardDeLaShithead · 04/09/2020 09:39

Just wanted to say that offloading on here, and receiving kind wise words, made such a difference. I'm having a lovely day today. Thank you all!

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