Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sick and tired... Of being sick and tired

I know I am not the only one who has had sick kids.  I have lots of friends who have kids who are sick.  Missing work is hard and you do feel bad for you kids when they just don't feel good.  I know MY parents went through it and my kids will go through it with THEIR kids.  I shouldn't complain.

But seriously, this strep throat business is getting old.  FAST. 

So far, it's strep throat = 15, Ralphs = 0

Yes.  Fifteen rounds of strep. FIFTEEN.  Let me break it down for you so you know I'm not exaggerating.

Addison - is currently being treated for round 5 of strep.  Since November.
Samantha - is currently being treated for round 4 of strep.  Since November.
Steph and Jay - both currently healthy but have had strep 3 times since last year.

Add that up... that's 15 sets of antibiotics, 15 doctors visits, and 15 days of work to be missed.  Luckily we've tried to all be sick at the same time so Jay and I have only really had to miss like 10 days.  It's the little things that keep me going.

Last Friday I stayed home with Addi, since she was still contagious.  I expected her to lie around and rest most of the day and planned accordingly.  I had a ton of work to get done and really needed some peace and quiet.

Addi had other ideas.

She bounced off the walls. She ran, she played with babies, she colored, and she just wouldn't stop talking.  I know I'm a talker but this kid... wow.  A career in radio awaits her.

I finally got a few minutes of quiet and used that to my advantage.  I made a few phone calls and sent a few emails.  Then I got to thinking... Why exactly is Addi so quiet?  I called to her and asked what she was doing.

She replied, "I don't know."

Uh oh.

I found her hiding behind the guest room bed.  Like this.

That looks like "I don't know", don't you think?  [deep breaths]

After ensuring she did not color anything other than herself with that permanent fuscia marker, we headed downstairs for lunch and then I tried to convince Addi to take a nap.  But you know, she wasn't tired AT ALL.  And she made sure I knew it.  She was NOT going to take a nap. No way.  No how.  Not going to happen.

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