Thermometers make my blood boil
One of my many unappreciated gifts of motherhood is my ability to take my children’s temperature with the back of my hand. I find it to be eerily accurate, but the doctor’s office and other health care professionals aren’t nearly as impressed with my ability as I am, and want “facts” and “exact temperatures” when I call for an appointment. They seem to be really caught up in this whole thing called, “medical science.”
Unfortunately, I have yet to find a thermometer that does a better job than my knuckles. Over the last 14 years, I have struggled with the expensive ear thermometers that seem to perpetually register a 97.7 no matter how sick or well my children are. I don't know if it is actually registering a fever or tuning into an FM radio station. I have used the underarm variety that comes with an algorithm to calculate the real temperature after you take his temperature. Or there’s the never-ending parade of forehead strips, digital pacifiers, and other orifice varieties. I remember when my mother had to resort to technology she’d use the old glass/mercury thermometers, but I haven’t seen one of those in ages.
I need some help. Are there any decent thermometers out there that you’ve had success with? I read this story and want to heed the advice but I would love to hear what has worked for Mommas. I don’t mind spending money on one that is reliable and accurate, but I really don’t feel like dropping upwards of $70 on one that doesn’t register anything but cold fronts and doesn’t last more than one flu season.
-- Tracey Henry, the Suburban Diva