Saturday, February 28, 2009

Is There a Doctor Available?

The Girl has her first official illness. See if you can guess what it is. I will tell you the symptoms.

1. A clear runny nose

2. She coughs one or two times when she wakes up in the morning.

That's it...any ideas?

An ear infection is the answer. I was on my way home from a state conference yesterday and I got a call from The Girl's daycare. Her teacher said The Girl was fine, no fever, etc. She is just crying a little today. My daughter never really cries, so this was a bit strange for her. And, The Girl wants to be held all the time today. Again, not characteristic of her. I pick her up and call the doctor and they say sure go ahead bring her in, we will check her out.

I had her for about 1 1/2 before her appointment and she did not cry once. She did not want to be held all that much either. I take her to her appointment and she is laughing and cooing at the nurse. Her temperature was a cool 97.7. The doctor comes in asks all the standard she eating, yes; is she sleeping, yes; is she fussy, not for me; has she had a fever, no. He checks her out. Ding, ding, ding, infected right ear. This is a different doctor in the practice where we take the kiddos then the one The Boy saw earlier this week and I was still having a strange case of deja vu.

Doc: And she has been sleeping through the night?
Me: Yes, not a peep.
Doc: Wow, she must really have a high pain threshold.

Apparently when you mix my genes with The Husbands, you get children who don't feel pain.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Amoxicillan to the Rescue

It has been almost a year since The Boy has been to the doctor for an illness. I always try to wait at least a day before taking him into the doctor when he has a fever because nine time out of ten it is just a viral infection that has to run its course. Since The Boy had a fever for almost 36 hours, I decided to break down and take him to the doctor. We got the last appointment of the day...4:50 PM.

We get there and things move pretty quickly. The Doc is checking The Boy out, you know, looking in all his crevices, etc. She looks at The Boy with a quizzical expression.

Doc: Do your ears hurt, buddy?
The Boy: No.
Doc: Are you sure?
The Boy: Yes, they don't hurt.
Doc: Hmm, they should.

The doctor indicated to me that he should be in excruciating pain. He must really have a high tolerance for pain. I hope that he doesn't ever have something really serious, because it doesn't seem like pain would be an indicator. So, he has amoxicillan and his fever was gone within the first hour of ingesting the bubble gum flavored liquid.

We have been trying to keep The Girl away from The Boy with the hopes that she will not be attacked by the snot machine. She has made it six months without any illness. Last night she had a very low grade fever (100 degrees) and had a hard time sleeping, but it could have been her teeth. No fever this morning. I would hate for her to be sick too.

Monday, February 23, 2009

What's Wrong?

So, I am at home today with a sick little boy. If you ask him what is wrong, he will tell you he has the fever and the cough. Those are the technical medical names in case you weren't sure.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Whirlwind of Days

The last few weeks have flown by at an unprecedented speed. I don't know if it is because we have been super busy or because after you turn thirty, time goes faster. I truly believe that is what hit thirty and time goes by at least twice as fast.

Two weeks ago, we were hit by the crazy ice storm. That knocked us out of school and work for the entire week. Thankfully we were only without power for 8 hours. Some folks were out for 12 days. We were very blessed. During the crazy weather, The Boy celebrated his fourth birthday and let me just say he was devastated that we were not able to have a party at his school. We had a make up party last week, but it just isn't the same as celebrating on your actual day. The weekend of his birthday we took him and a friend bowling. This was the first time either of the kids had been. They had so much fun. The Boy loved it. Next is birthday number 5...I really have to think of something fun for that one. All the kids The Boy goes to school with have huge birthday parties every year. I mean full out inflatables and magicians and 40 people in attendance. Hopefully my kids don't look back on their childhood with disdain because we didn't give them a $1000 party every year.

The ice storm was a nice, albeit cold, break for the tasks of everyday life. I love getting to spend so much time with the kids. I was kind of sad to have to take them back to daycare and school, but the show must go on. The Girl has hit a couple of milestones in the last few weeks. She is eating solids. She has had cereal and sweet potatoes at this point. I am trying my hardest to make my own baby food this go round and it is so much cheaper so far, not to mention I know what is in the stuff. She is sitting up all by herself and she has teeth coming in...I expect them to erupt any day now. I love being a mom!

Christmas 2009

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