Tuesday, February 22, 2005

In Sickness and In More Sickness

It seems like this has been a month of almost continuous illness in the Adams' household. As soon as one member of the family returns to health, another one falls victim either to that illness or finds a new one to start running through the family. The Girl has a cold and nasty hacking cough. My nose is dripping like a leaky faucet. Last Wednesday, The Girl had a 24 hour high fever with accompanying whininess.

Sunday, right after we got home from church (just the way to spread the germs around) The Boy started saying his neck hurt on the inside, especially when he swallowed. Then he started shivering. Within an hour or so the fever arrived and he was wiped out. Yesterday morning, however, he seemed to be on the mend. This morning he said his throat hurt again. The fever didn't return, but he did manage to upchuck on the sofa. It was a lovely sight to behold -- me in my pjs desperate to use the toilet, but playing supermom and holding it in long enough to mop up The Boy and the vomit, before making a mad dash for the nearest potty myself. After that, I decided I'd better at least take him to the doctor's office to get him checked out.

I like our doctor a lot and her office space is decent. When we are there for a well visit, I love the fact that they have separate waiting rooms. When we are there for a sick visit, I'm less than thrilled. The sick waiting room is rather cramped and spartan. Spartan is fine, because that means fewer germ-laden things lying around. Cramped isn't so good though. That means that the sick kids are all squashed together sharing germs. Today the little boy next to us had pink-eye. His mom considerately warned us of the fact as soon as we came in and did her best to wipe everything he touched and wipe him down several times, but knowing how contagious that stuff is, I'll consider us all lucky if that's not the next disease we all get.

Spring is just around the corner. We now have four daffodils and three hyacinths blooming. I'm ready to throw open all the doors and windows, send the kids outside all day long and get rid of all the illnesses floating around. I'm tired of this already. Enough is enough.

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