For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Odd Dog

    Odd Dog GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Have to admit I was surprised she even came home in first place. You have to practically drag my sister out of building if one of the kids gets sick enough to spend night in hospital.

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    Elizabeth will appreciate her being there (during wakeful periods).

  3. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 3 years ago

    Must be a two-car family.

  4. Cigray59

    Cigray59 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    exactly why most of europe views us a “spoiled americans”

  5. bluffwood

    bluffwood said, over 3 years ago

    @clgray59 Oh, yeah, those French with 7 weeks vacation.

  6. Jean

    Jean said, over 3 years ago

    @Bluffwood, did you know that in some European countries the ladies have 2 YEARS off after they have a baby? Here we are lucky to get 6 weeks and then the employer complains about you taking so much time off.

  7. Monkeyhead

    Monkeyhead said, over 3 years ago

    I’ve heard that there are some hospitals redoing their children’s wings to have almost suites. A crib and a bed in each room and the parent pays like an extra fee but can stay there with their little ones. It may be for only those that are in intensive care but it’s cool that the hospitals are realizing that caring for the little one means caring for the whole family too.

  8. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 3 years ago


    Why are you so concerned about what Europeans think. They don’t pay taxes here.

  9. Beleck3

    Beleck3 said, over 3 years ago

    if only we didn’t have to have cars/truck. you know have mass transit. oh no!! the oil companies want our money.
    such idiocy to talk about Europeans. trains and mass transit is only for Europeans unless you live in NY. or DC.

    the powers that be like cars, they get rich off of us that way

  10. YokohamaMama

    YokohamaMama said, over 3 years ago

    Had no choice but to stay with my son in hospital in Singapore many years ago. No nursing service beyond the basic medical treatment required. And no beds for parents. Just hard upright chairs. I would have been there anyway, but would have appreciated a bit more comfort.

  11. Think Mann

    Think Mann said, over 3 years ago

    Our childrens hospital has chairs that convert into beds for the parents. They encourage the parents to stay with the kids. Our kid was there in 1983 on and off for 8 months.

  12. Diana Herr

    Diana Herr GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Being a parent, I’m not sure why the writer of this comic didn’t have her Mom staying with her!! I never would have left my small child at the hosp. alone! And, being a retired Paramedic I certainly never “jabbed” a needle into anyone’s arm…lol

  13. pointy_stick

    pointy_stick said, over 3 years ago

    @Cigray59. This strip is pretty much 30 years old and Lynn and family are Canadian not American.
    30 years ago it wasn’t anywhere near as common to be welcome to stay at a hospital bedside, especially as Elizabeth would be in a ward room with at least 2 or 3 other kids.

  14. Yvonne

    Yvonne said, over 3 years ago

    I was shocked to see her home and now even more shocked that she would be asleep at home. Come home maybe because you have to deal with something, but get back to the hospital. No child of mine is sleeping in the hospital without my being there. This is where having extended family and/or a church family is such a blessing. They can be home with the other kids while a parent is at the hospital with the sick child.

  15. ssejhill

    ssejhill said, over 3 years ago

    @Odd Dog

    Agreed. Our youngest was hospitalized when she was quite young and my wife would not leave her bedside for the 3 days and 2 nights that she was there.

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