Diagnosis: Parenting

A few weeks ago, I developed a severe eye pain. My right eye watered, got puffy and red and was cialis generique super sensitive to light. After a few minutes I could barely open it. Never Google these symptoms.

Before I wrote my own eulogy, I washed my face, removed my contact and flushed my eye. I wore my glasses for the rest of the day. It turns out there was a tear in my contact; I did not have meningitis or a corneal ulcer.

I parented through this entire event because I’m practically a superhero, but by the end of the day, I had a slew of other symptoms brought on by my four little cherubs.

So before you jump to any terrifying conclusions or Google your symptoms, it might save you additional grief if you take a moment to consider your day.

Symptom: Nausea


Sure, you could have the dreaded norovirus or the rotavirus, but it’s quite possible your gag reflex is being tested by…

  • Witnessing your toddler mix yogurt and ketchup together and eat it with a pretzel stick.
  • Changing the sheets on the top bunk and discovering a wall of art made entirely of late-night nose findings
  • Stumbling upon something while you dropped your teen’s sheets in the washing machine, something you never ever want to talk about with anyone. It was probably yogurt anyway. Wretch.

Diagnosis: Parenting.

Symptom: Insomnia

I know. You hate yourself for this or you hate someone or everyone because the only thing you’ve wanted to do since you had children was sleep. Here you are, it’s 3am, and you’re counting cobwebs. It’s got to be a disease, you think. It’s likely something irreversible. I’ll never sleep again, you whisper into the darkness.


  • Just today you made a remark under your breath that will likely be the only thing your 6yo remembers from her childhood. It will certainly become her mantra and the reason she’ll date the cast of characters from the Star Wars bar scene until she’s at least 37.
  • You found a prophylactic while cleaning your teen’s room. You’re sure he doesn’t know where that goes. You wonder if you should praise him or punish him and suddenly a montage of his childhood is playing in your head and how did this happen.
  • Your daughter spit at a child at the playground. You’re wondering if you did the right thing this time or any time ever in your whole life.

Diagnosis: Parenting.

Symptom: Headache


It could be a migraine. Or it could be that…

  • you muscled through another bedtime and fielded questions about time travel, quantum physics, and why Cookie Monster is blue.
  • it’s 12:03, and curfew is midnight, and she isn’t answering her phone.
  • you made a slam dunk dinner with veggies hiding in the sauce. You nailed the timing, and you even used their favorite plates. No one ate it. They hated it and started chanting, “down with dinner”.
  • you stifled your desire to let expletives fly when the cashier said, “I can take the next person over here”. You were next not the seven people behind you. You knew you had t minus 10 seconds until your kids started opening all the candy on the check-out line shelves.
  • your son will only wear octopus shirts. You purchased all the octopus shirts that exist in the world. Now he only likes sharks.

Diagnosis: Parenting

Symptom: Back pain


It could be a slipped disc or the old age you’ve been denying with cover up and sunglasses, but it’s likely something like

  • the way you sit in your bed at 2:00am for your infant’s one millionth feeding of the day.
  • how you carry the baby, a toddler, 12 bags of groceries and two book bags into the house in one trip while your other kids tell you how tired their legs are today.
  • the way you perch on the bleachers while you watch your kid play. It’s not until the game is over that you realize you didn’t breathe once because that was your baby out there playing against giants.
  • the stop, drop, and roll maneuver you use to get out of the baby’s nursery at night.

Diagnosis: Parenting

Symptom: Sore Throat


Sure, it’s possible that you have allergies or a common cold. However, it’s probably because

  • you asked your kids to pick up their Legos. Three hours later, you stepped on said Legos and screamed for 45 minutes straight.
  • before you realized there were no kids in the car, you belted out the lyrics to four Sofia the First songs as though you were on stage.
  • you asked your cherubs to find their shoes. You continued asking every five minutes until the end of time, and they still haven’t found their shoes.

Diagnosis: Parenting.

Symptom: Fatigue



In short, parenting is like a dread disease or chronic illness. I, of course, encourage you to see a doctor if you have these or any other uncomfortable symptoms. But I also know that you’re a parent, and you likely don’t have time for that.

Maybe a sticker attached to a child’s

birth certificate much like those on medicines would make us all feel a little better:  “Warning: May cause nausea, trouble breathing, headaches, dizziness, mood swings, abdominal cramping, weight gain, weight loss, anxiety, heart palpitations, sore throat, confusion, chest tightening, fatigue, sweating…”



13 comments for “Diagnosis: Parenting

  1. cathy
    March 4, 2015 at 8:26 am

    4:15 am??? Must have all these symptoms! ParentingX4?

  2. Kathleen Gallo
    March 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I’m glad your symptoms aren’t anything really serious – just 4 kids’ worth of life as a Mom ( >:)

  3. Michelle
    March 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Wow, great piece, true and funny! I know all of those symptoms so well, thank you!

  4. March 4, 2015 at 11:01 am

    My favorite was the stop, drop and roll technique used to exit the nursery at night! So true!
    I was in Mr T’s room the other day, dusting, and noticed the box of condoms, and picked it up and there were like 6 missing. And I’m 100% positive he and his girlfriend are getting frisky, but not THAT frisky – her mom is super strict – but there were SIX missing.
    And when he got home I was all over that! “There are 6 missing, are you having sex?” Apparently one went in the car, one went in the wallet (to replace the other one in there because it had expired – thank you Jesus!) and 3 went to friends… oh, and his girlfriend had never had a condom before and so he gave her one to unwrap and examine…
    and that tells you everything about my life!
    Glad to hear yours is going just as well with the new addition on top of everything else! 🙂

  5. Sandra Jackson
    March 4, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Too funny! Takes me back to my child rearing days….

  6. Bri
    March 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Ah parenting. The biggest diagnosis of so many ailments. Thanks for the honesty and humor!

  7. March 5, 2015 at 1:30 am

    I would add a cause to your nausea list. Cleaned you toddlers room to find the missing sipper of milk hidden in his toybox. I would rather clean boogers then spoiled milk every day of the week.

    • girlalwaysinterrupted
      March 18, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Oh no! So gross! I found one of those under the driver’s seat. I could not identify the wretched smell in the car. I searched everywhere…or so I thought. Yuck! You’re right. Super fowl!

  8. Praseeda
    March 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Good one….

  9. March 17, 2015 at 7:21 am

    hysterical. As I have been parenting solo for a week with a teething 1 year old and a VERY excited 2 year old…I needed this laugh! …and a nap.

    • girlalwaysinterrupted
      March 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Oh my! You are ready for sainthood! Hang in there, mama!

  10. Rachael
    March 17, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you.

    • girlalwaysinterrupted
      March 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      You are welcome 🙂

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