A close friend of mine is divorced and recently got a job after being a SAHM for 4 years. Well really she's almost more of family now than just a friend. We have known each other for 14 years. The only way she could take this job is if someone kept her 4yr old little girl in the morning for about an hour before preschool starts. Of course we were willing to help her out and do this. Because she cannot miss for the first several months, the deal was her mom (the childs grandmother) would take off work if the child was sick. Well now the kiddo is getting sick because she has never been around other little kids in that kind of setting. The grandmother - who is a nurse - now doesn't want to miss work either, so they are sending her to school when she should really be home. And if they are sending her to school, that means they are sending her to my house. A month ago she had a nasty respiratory infection and ran a low grade fever for 4 days and they still sent her. They sent her last week when she was nauseated and had vomited during the night with the stomach flu/body aches. The kid was burning up with fever when they dropped her off yesterday and slept the entire time she was at our house before we had to wake her up and take her into school crying. The grandmother reluctantly stayed home with her today but said she's fine to go to school tomorrow. Well I just ran by their house to drop something off and that kid looks like hell. Flushed, glassy eyed and listless. And of course, everyone in my house gets it every time. Fortunately we aren't getting it as bad as she gets it, but we are still getting it. And what makes it worse is... when she offered to pay me for watching her kiddo, I told her she didn't have to pay me but occasionally bring me a frappe. Not once has she brought me a frappe and we are 3 months into the school year!!! She has hinted around a couple of times seeing if I would volunteer to take her little girl all day when she's sick rather than sending her to school, but hell... I don't want to take care of someone else's sick kid! I don't like taking care of my own sick kids!!! :P I am pretty sure that this kiddo has some asthma/allergy issues going on and I have mentioned it several times that I need she needs to be on nebulized asthma meds, but they just shrug it off. That really irks me because this effects us too!