On the eve of Mother’s Day, I logged on to the www.salary.com website to calculate my salary as a Reflux Mom. Each year, www.salary.com calculates the hourly pay of typical “jobs” performed by moms to come up with a yearly salary for a stay at home mom.
Did you ever pause long enough to consider all of the jobs you perform in a day as a Reflux Mom? The list is endless and we must multi task as fast as we can to get everything done. My reflux baby had breathing problems along with severe reflux. At one point, she was hospitalized for a few days. I was amazed at how much easier it was to take care of her in the hospital. With two nursing shifts, a team of respiratory therapists, cleaning staff, meals delivered, trash collected and dishes washed, it was like a mini vacation. Well almost-the chair that doubled as a bed was not suitable for more than a nap and anyway, I was up all night with her! My little vacation ended abruptly when she was discharged and I had to resume my job as nurse, pharmacist, respiratory therapist, cook, dietician, cleaner and case manager. I looked longingly at the nurses who got to go home after a 12 hours shift and sleep in a bed.
I used the salary calculator to figure out my salary for the typical jobs such as: housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, van driver and event planner not to mention the all important job as laundry machine operator. Those jobs gave me a yearly salary of $127, 871.00 based on my zip code. Not too bad I thought! Well, as a Reflux Mom, there should be at least 3 hours of skilled nursing per day. Often the nursing duties are spread out during the day but most likely to occur at night. Adding in the extra hours and overtime would boost my salary to $172,383.00. I “earned” $21.86 per hour for 2080 hours and $31.86 per hour for 4025 in overtime. I am sure much of that was for staying up at night to tend to the needs of a sleepless baby with reflux. You can go to the website and generate your own salary calculation and even print out a copy of your check. I am going to print out my check and put it on the refrigerator!
I wish my job as a Reflux Mom came with a hefty salary. The reality is I don’t need a paycheck to know that taking care of a baby with reflux is the most important job in the world. I didn’t sign up for this job, it was handed to me. I didn’t get special training, sign on bonuses or awards for doing a spectacular job. Yet somehow that is ok. Just one look at my reflux baby and I know that it was all worth it. Maybe Reflux Moms work harder on average but maybe we feel more rewarded in the end. What do you think?
Published On: May 07, 2009