Being a new mama can be scary and hard and stressful and relentless and a billion other things rolled into one. It’s also amazing beyond words.
Nothing was cruisey when it came to having my baby Edie. From conception to birth, none of it was straightforward. After my little girl was finally here, most days I was pretty close to losing my shit, many days I did lose it. My poor husband would receive panicked calls from me when I couldn’t get our little girl to
stop crying, or to go to sleep, and as she’s gotten older I still make the calls but now they are about the tantrums, or her being too rough, or not eating anything I give her unless it’s watermelon…I could go on and on but you get the drift. I wish I was more relaxed but this whole parenting caper is still new to me and I feel like I’m constantly learning the ropes. Some days the ropes are shakier than others.
I’ve definitely gained more confidence in myself as a mother but there are still things that nearly push me to breaking point. One thing that I have always struggled with is when my little girl gets sick. I go into a bit of panic, even when she has a sniffle. I know it sounds dramatic but being a first time mum I am often not sure if it’s serious or just a little cold or if a little red spot is some kind of serious rash, or something innocent.
When Edie was a little baby I would avoid going to the doctors because if I went for every concern I had about her, we would have been able to move in with my GP. I would find myself googling any slight symptom she had which always made me panic more. NEVER GOOGLE!
I would ‘umm’ and ‘ahh’ for most of the day over if I should take her to the doctors or not and then usually around 5 or 6pm I would be 100% sure I needed to take her, but of course then my doctor was closed. I had the same anxiety about taking her to Emergency because what if her rash was actually just a scratch? I would look insane. I probably was.
I feel like I’m constantly learning the ropes. Some days the ropes are shakier than others.
One day when I was exhausted and Edie was pulling at her ears crying before bed, my best friend who was over told me about some angels known as the home doctors. Hello and welcome back to my life sanity. This was a game changer for me. I think just knowing I had access to help when I needed to see a doctor urgently, but my GP was closed was a gift from heaven. They were amazing and I have called on them a few times since. This service is bulk billed and it is worth its weight in gold.
I know I am not alone in my stresses as a mum and sometimes it is the little things that really do push us into ‘melt-down city’. It’s a tricky mind game raising mini people, and making sure they are healthy and safe all the time is a job in itself.
If you haven’t called on 13SICK before, consider it next time you or your family need to see a doctor urgently after hours.