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You have fever

I think God has a pamplet on parenting. In particular one He chose not to print up for parents or even share with us. In that pamplet contains such things as – when your child gets sick it’s bound to happen on a weekend because that’s when your doctor is closed. Or if you child has a stomach bug you will find out in the middle of the the grocery store while browsing the cereal isle, then have to flee before everyone sees it was your child who yaked on the floor. Or the day before you leave on a pre-planned, non-cancelable vacation both of your children will get really ill. Along with all the other things you don’t hear about in parentening classes because if they told you this folks may actually reconsider having offspring.

Kids get fevers, it actually shows their fighting some infection. I understand all that. Except when CaseyJ gets a fever, particularly one above 100 degrees I worry. I want to know why he has that fever or what’s causing it. Main reason I become more concerned when he spikes a fever waiting_for_isotopesover his brother is because we went through the whole “my legs hurts so much I scream and can’t walk” thing bouncing from doctor to hospital to x-rays to bone scan to MRI.  The little tough guy also is slow to say he doesn’t feel good. It took him complaining of being cold and just laying around (not being himself) for us to find out he had a fever and a sore throat. All I could think was I remembered the sign on the school board saying two cases of strep throat were reported last week. Yipee. With all our options for seeing a doctor closed on a weekend I decided to make the 15 mile drive to the ER in Luling. Yes, the same one he was in a year ago for a bad case of strep (high fever and all over body rash) a day before we left for New Mexico and the same one we waited in four years ago for more x-rays of his hips. So these memories always seem to be fresh in my mind anytime he becomes ill. Although we got in and out fairly quickly I still have issues with hospitals.

I’ll tell you this though, the little dude is one tough hombre. The did the strep test (stick the q-tip like thingy so far in your throat you gag) and he made a face then announced “that didn’t hurt at all” and went back to reading his book. Note this is the same thing that sets his big brother Z off into a seriously dramatic crying fit. Then the flu test (a skinny q-tip like thingy shoved up his nose into his brain) he did not like that and pulled it out. This upset him and he cried a little but as I hugged him he wiped his tears from his eyes and in a half-tough half-wounded voice said “i didn’t like that but it didn’t hurt either”. Both tests were negative but with a really red throat and a fever he got the pink antibiotics anyway. A few doses of Tylenol later he was full of energy, until about 4:30pm or so. I noticed the other room was awfully quiet and when I walked in he was half asleep with the Wii remote in his hand, covered up on the couch just about passed out.  He took about a two hour nap and then spent some time watching a little tv before their bedtime.

I was able to prop my camera up onto the tripod to take a few pictures of him resting. He’s always in motion so these pictures are rare. Plus he’s so darn sweet looking when he’s asleep…. He’ll be fine in a day or so I’m sure, they have Monday off so he’ll have extra time to rest up. Let’s hope no one else gets the “germ”.

Couch Sleep

Taking a Nap

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Knock, Knock, Knockin’

Back from the dead, finally after nearly an entire week of being sick. Just finally feeling almost normal today from what I’ll take an educated guess was actually a mild version of the flu. I decided to share though and decided Big C would be the first one to share in my misery and against my will Casey J caught it also but we kept the fever under control for a little more than a day and after a really long nap today I think he’ll be ready to return to school tomorrow. The Z managed to miss out since he was already on an antibiotic from his swollen lymph nodes (we had those checked today by the pediatrician and he’s fine). I have drowned everything in Lysol and all sheets, blankets, etc have been washed. Waged total war on the germs so that this family will be healthy again. Now that I’m done Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door things should get back to some normalcy around here and I’ll catch up on some blog posts.

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Lumpy Boy

Monday was the boys last day of their Winter Holiday Christmas break. I had planned on just letting the boys chill out and play with whatever toy they desired. Didn’t happen. Sunday night as I hugged the Z Man before bed he “ouched” at a bump on his chin that hurt to touch. It was kind of odd and other than touching it, it didn’t hurt him or bother him in any way. I knew though that if it was there in the morning we were in for a day at the doctor. And it still was, it was in fact a bit puffier. So at 8am straight up I was calling the pediatrician’s office, closed, ugh. Called the clinic – you can bring him in as a walk-in, crud. The rules at the clinic are first come, first serve. Even if you show up at 9am you may get in to see a doctor nurse or physicians assistant by 5pm. So I skipped my shower, got myself dressed and then got the boys dressed and rushed them out the door. We arrived at 8:30am and after some issues with his insurance they called Z back, he actually went to get his vitals done by himself. The boy weighs a whopping 64lbs already. Such a big guy. No fever, no red throat, no pains. Moved to the smaller waiting room where they at least had a TV the boys could watch some cartoons on. The little Leapster that Grandma got them really saved me that morning from having to try to find ways to entertain them. The nurse practitioner walks in and looks him over and we get the “hmmmm” he has one icky ear but that’s not causing the swollen nodes but we’ll clean it out anyway. Let me tell you what came out of his little ear was GROSS!! He can hear much better now though. The nurse lady brings in the physicians assistant and he kind of shrugs his shoulders and says that he would do the same thing. So she comes back and says well I think it may be something bacterial (he had slightly metallic breath) and the lymph nodes are supposed to swell when they are fighting infection. He’s got 7 days of antibiotics with penicillin in it and if it’s not better we’ll go back. The knots are still there but they don’t hurt him and they are not as inflamed. We’ll see how it goes over the next two days. We had some small issues with his insurance again at the pharmacy but got it all fixed and I took the boys to eat then home. Zach spent some time chilling and doing this ->

Building a set

He’s on a quest to build a Lego set for a Lego movie he wants to make.  Both boys are quite serious when it comes to this work. Later that night they snuggled in front of the fire to stay warm and watched a little bit of cartoons before bed.

Warm by the fire

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Home, Please Mom

Never have my two boys wanted to go home so badly from Grandma’s, not because of anything Grandma did but because they got so miserably sick there. I can only assume they just really wanted to be sick on their own couches, in their own house. They both slept the entire 1.5 hour trip home, with the Z Man using the seat belt to help hold up his head. It was supposed to be a weekend of fun and fishing but we never made it past the Friday night trick-or-treating fun.

Casey J figured it all out quite early – very sweetly say “trick-or-treat” and then hold up your baggy to have it filled with lots of yummy candy. The Z Man had fun until the house where the woman built a mini haunted house in her garage with a life sized robotic freaky dude scared him. He could care less what kind of candy she was handing out, he wanted out of there and was clinging to me like static electricity. Which also led to him begging to sleep with me (which I suppose was good since he got sick and I was able to get a towel to him in time to spare the sheets in the bed). That was their first real trick-or-treating (since we live out in the country without neighbors) and Z Man said he’s done with it until he’s 16 and Casey J has sworn off candy because they got sick.


Into November and the flooding of Christmas into the local stores. I am so not ready for it…

Blue Eyes
Aidan in his adorable puppy costume! What beautiful blue eyes!

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