If you could invest in urgent care centers or ERs, you could make a mint just on the visits from my kids.

My kids have had more than their share of illness and injury the past few weeks. Hopefully, this means good health is on the way.

My daughter, Claire, came home a few weeks ago with the flu, and ended up in an urgent care center along with her boyfriend who ended up making two trips there in less than two weeks before he finally started feeling better.

About two weeks ago, my son, Alek, ended up in the ER at college after hurting his back playing basketball.

There's something about sports that his body rejects.

Last week, I texted to see how things were going with his back, and he said he had been to the campus doctor's office because of a sinus infection.

Seems ironic that the two people in the family who are in the best shape, end up sick and injured.

There's a lot to be said for sitting still.

It's not unusual for college kids to get sick when they no longer have Mom to take care of them.

It's also not unusual for Claire to pick up a bug, and Alek usually comes down with one good illness a year.

The test comes when the kids are on their own. Will they see a doctor, or will they hope to get better by ignoring being sick?

Claire knows by now to head to the doctor, and Alek learned quickly.

He called me after hurting his back and said he needed to head to the ER, but initially turned down the pain pills the doctor offered. He thought he could get by with Ibuprofen.

The next day, he changed his mind.

Luckily, it was nothing serious and he is getting better, although last time I saw him he was moving slowly.

The sinus infection he took care of on his own, and probably wouldn't have mentioned it to me if I hadn't checked in to see how his back was.

As parents, all you can do is hope they are taking care of themselves.

Claire seems to catch any bug that comes by. Such was the case when one of her classmates passed along the flu, then Claire shared.

Alek is usually good for one bad cold in the spring/summer and fall/winter.

Maybe we should quarantine them so they don't bring home what they have. If we do get sick, we'll know who to blame.

Patrick Murphy, of Humphrey, Neb., is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.