There should be a special word for the feeling you get when your kids' school shows up on Caller ID. And a super-exaggerated version for when it's the principal or the nurse.
I love when a teacher calls and says right off the bat, "Hi, this is Mrs. Weiss, everything's fine." The nurse did that for me once or twice when she was calling about forms. But mostly, when she calls, I need to come get someone. S. in particular, when she had her minor health scare last year, caused a whole spate of that particular anxiety.
I would pick up the phone and say, "Hey, what's going on with her?" Sometimes I'd have to go get her, sometimes it was just to alert me about difficulty she had. Either way, I worried the rest of the day.
Now I have a kid dealing with asthma. Thankfully, there's no major danger. But it's frustrating to watch my child go through an ER visit and multiple nurse's office visits for the nebulizer, some planned and some not. Every day I get a call: "Your kid has been in today." Sometimes, that means the day is over. Sometimes it's back to class, but again, the worries.
I wonder what life was like as a mother before Caller ID? When you didn't know who was calling until they actually spoke to you?