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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Thermometers make my blood boil



One of my many unappreciated gifts of motherhood is my ability to take my children’s temperature with Mom_thermometer1 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


[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:04am]


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