Friday, October 10, 2008

And It Still Goes On and On

Its so hard to blog these days. You would think all these weeks later things would have calmed down on the meningitis front but they haven't. My staff is still being nuts every day there is a new freak out. The Department of Health has been getting calls from random staff members every few days alleging all types of things which means constant random inspections at work. Every day the stress continues and gets worse. Since Little B has been in the hospital I don't think there has been one day where the stress hasn't been out of control. The staff thinks I am lying to them about calling the DOH they think I have inside info I am not sharing. It's out of control and I have no idea what to do anymore. Its crazy!

I have to keep reminding myself that I am not responsible for my child being sick. The meningitis germ is not my pal who I invited to invade my sons body. I am just a gal who had a sick son and now is put in the very uncomfortable place of being the villain. I have no idea why.

I think as bosses go I am a very nice one. I believe that since work is where you spend most of your time if its not fun then it means life is not fun. I have tried to create an open and inviting environment where peoples voices are heard and people laugh. Maybe that was my mistake this type of craziness would never happen at McDonald's.

I tried to follow Mark's Salinas's advice about picking a special hour to worry and setting that hour aside for worries instead of letting it take over all the time but its really hard these days as I feel I am being attacked constantly at every angle. I am trying to remember to breath and I know or I hope this will all be just a bitter memory months from now.

31 comments:

Kristin H. said...

Have you all had a formal meeting to discuss these issues at group level?

I'm sorry S. There will come a day here in the future where it will all be over. I'll keep thinking of you...

honeywine said...

ONLY an hour? Oy...that sounds like a nice idea...in theory. :(

Hopefully, this will soon pass...as all witch trials usually do.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Sounds like you need an official outsider to come in and educated about the unnecessary panic. I worked in a nursing home many years ago and we use to get the same thing. WE would say anyone who is uncomfortable coming to work feel free to take time off without pay and that would stifle the ungoing crap.

Tales From the Eurovan said...

Hey Suzie,

As if having a sick child and a little one wasn't enough stress, now you have to deal with this at work? Makes me want to shout, "Give Suzie a break, NOW!!"
Praying all will calm down at work.
Take care,
Julie

Kmommy said...

Grrrr. How annoying and frustrating for you!

Madge said...

i couldn't do that hour thing at all.

we are all here for you any time you need to rant. i'm so sorry you are having such a horrible, horrible time right now..... things have to get better...

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I'm sorry. What is happening is not fair! Human nature can be ugly sometimes.
I'll send good vibes your way and say a prayer!
Hang in there!

Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

I agree..you should invite the DOH to come in and educate everyone. Make it a mandatory meeting and, if you're the boss, tell them their behavior will not be tolerated any longer. Flat out tell them that they're not helping the situation and if they no longer trust you or the work environment, they are encouraged to look elsewhere for employment.

M said...

Hoping that it all works out! A positive attitude is contagious. Have a nice weekend...you deserve it! Thanks for the mention. :)

Vered - MomGrind said...

I am so sorry. I wish I could give you some advice but all I can do is give you a virtual hug.

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

I like Kristin and/or Funny Bone's ideas. And I suppose it's not appropriate to take all your co-workers out and get them drunk, but it sounds like what you all need.

Have a good weekend and allow yourself to worry if you need to.

the teach said...

Suzie, I just don't know what to say! All I can say is when you can't do anything about what you're worrying about, stop worrying! I'm worrying about a number of things right now but I can't do a friggin' thing about any of them. Do you drink wine? Have a glass of wine tonight after the kids go to bed. Relax! I know, I know easier said than done! :)

adrienne said...

I hope you have a relaxing weekend planned. You deserve it!

Heidi said...

I really hope this all blows over very soon. As if you didn't have enough going on with your son being sick and all that stress! Geez. It makes me nuts to hear that the staff are acting like that. Just awful. :(

Lisa said...

I hope everything calms down for you sooner rather than later. Your employees and everyone else who is freaking out needs to educate themselves. Not knowing breeds fear.

Tina said...

oh no. just try to stay positive mate. at least the weekend is here and you can have a break. even if its just a little one.

thats if you dont work weekends :(

take care, and your family too x

tiff said...

Hugs.

It sounds as though life is not slowing down for you, or going to any time soon. Why are they being so panicky? They are educated people, surely they can read about Meningitis, without making you feel worse than you already do.
Really, it is the last thing you need after the stress of having a sick baby. If it was their child and they were the parents in the situation, I'm sure things would be very different.

Vodka Mom said...

I have been thinking of you, and saying little prayers every now and then. (Don't tell anyone.) I am STILL sending you strength. Remember, ignorance is everywhere. They just don't know any better. :-(

WillThink4Wine said...

I just caught up on your posts. OMG! You've been through it lately, Suzie! I don't even know what to say. Pop the cork, honey.

The Mrs. said...

And you work with grown ups? I'm a bit confused?

I'm amazed that people cant be more open minded.

My sister is a science teacher and has a variety of weird germs on her desk. Perhaps you should invest in a couple to scare off your coworkers. http://www.giantmicrobes.com/

Hang in there dear!

Colleen said...

Oh, hon - I'm so sorry to hear about all the crap that continues to come your way. Hang in there...

forgetfulone said...

I'm so sorry! You'd think "educated" people would be educated about this type of thing. I guess people's emotions and fear get out of control.

I sure hope things start to go more smoothly soon.

Pam said...

Can you get away from these people? Take some time off? Look for another job? How much stress can you take from other's demands?... and it seems you are bearing the brunt of it. What is it they say about stress - fight or flight response? Any chance of a flight right away from there to the land of the gainfully- employed happy people? What a miserly lot looking after their own self-interests!Sounds like your workplace is overflowing with sympathy - not.Continue to be polite. Don't say anything you wish you hadn't - and get out of there as soon as contractually possible!You will feel so much better. I did,with a similar situation.

Valarie said...

I'll keep praying that everything will get better and that your co-workers will grow up. :)

Misty said...

People lose their minds!! I am so sorry you are having to experience all of this difficulty. I will be praying for you and them 'cause it sounds like they need it, too!

Lance said...

Hang in there Suzie. Know that there are people out here pulling for you, praying for you.

Mandy said...

That's horrible! I am so sorry. People can be so callous and mean!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

This makes me so angry! I can't believe that BS is still going on. I'm so sorry.

Veronica said...

Hugs. Lots of them.

Annie said...

Wow. Your co-workers (employees?) kind of suck.

I think at this point, it's within every right you have to call a meeting and firmly tell them to cut the BS. Tell them you won't allow a witch hunt to continue at the school. At the very least, the kids don't deserve to be subjected to their constant paranoia.

April said...

This has gone on long enough that I'm tempted to advise to fight fire with fire. But I know you're way too classy for that. I'm royally ticked that they're still treating you this way and it's SO incredibly wrong. (I'd love for you to write about it in the Blog Blast for Education.)

 
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