Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Here's how it went down:

Monday, 6:20 p.m. - At dinner, Cayna casually murmurs, "My tummy doesn't feel good."

8:00 p.m. - "Mommy, my throat really hurts."

8:00:04 - I check Cayna's throat. There is a BRIGHT red tiny-dot "rash" covering the back of Cayna's throat.

11:45 p.m. - I predict strep throat, and tell Kevin I bet Cayna will barf in the middle of the night. I am late getting to bed because I couldn't tear myself away from the computer and working on my talk.

12:00 a.m. - "MOMMY!" Cayna calls me because she says she feels like she is going to throw up. I dread our first barf episode with her on the top bunk. How on earth will I clean THAT up? I bring her the barf bowl, cover her up and hope for the best. (The barf bowl, in our house, is also the popcorn bowl. Wanna join us for movie night?)

4:24 a.m. - "MOMMY!" Cayna calls me because she says she is scared. I am, too - it's no picnic having sick kids. And it's dreadful cleaning up barf in the middle of the night. She feels only barely feverish. I cover her up and hope for the best.

6:45 a.m. - Cayna wanders in our room and hops in bed with me - I'm trying to sneak in a few extra minutes to compensate for the late night.

8:36 - Call the pediatrician.

9:15 - See the pediatrician.

9:20 - Pediatrician commends me on my diagnostic skills. Cayna has strep. Didn't even do the culture - you shoulda seen her throat - it was like fire. In dot form. Dotty fire, nausea, low-grade fever and headache.

10:15 - Pick up filled prescription. Kids are watching "Goofy" in the van. All plans involving other children have been canceled for the next 24 hours. Hang "QUARANTINE" sign on the front of the house. Fed Ex guy comes and throws my delivery out of the truck without stopping. He's no dummy.

10:30 - Administer first dose of antibiotic. Set Cayna up on the couch, cover her up and hope for the best.

In homeschool, if one kid is sick, I vote the other gets the day off, too. Mom, too - though I can't figure out how to make this work.


Baby-Mama Runner said...

DUDE! What is it with our families???? Bella has strep too!!!! Wanna have a play date? I'll bring popcorn (and the bowl!). Oh and yes, your nightmares of barf from the top bunk are completely accurate. ESPECIALLY if they decide to HELP you and heave ho over the side rail. NASTY!

Diva Mom Vicki said...

Ugh... sorry to read!

I was surfing around last night and came across this blog post:
The writer is a Catholic mom and it's a food blog - currently she is also trying to give up processed sugar (as are many other bloggers she links to). I immediately thought of you and wanted to pass it along!

Good luck with your talk tonight!

Andrea said...

Hm, I was just looking at the ikea catalog thinking of getting a bunk for ivy and violet. I am re-thinking that now, thanks for the barf tip.

Anyway, sorry she is sick, hopefully everyone else does not catch it too! sick kids are no fun at all. How does it work with homeschooling the rest when one is sick? I need tips for when its time for me to handle the same situation. I am starting ivy's preschool curriculum in the fall.

Vicki R. said...

I would be dreading a sick kid on the top bunk too - yikes!! Way to be able to see strep like that - I wouldn't have a clue. Hope she's feeling better!!