Okay, so I’ve come to terms with winter in recent years– to a degree. I’ve got a lighter column schedule, I don’t need to mow the lawn, not a lot going on to stress out about. Kinda nice.
But I’ll only fully embrace this season when it stops sending my children to the hospital.
My decrease in postings here lately is partly due to the lighter column schedule, but a lot of it has to do with the fact that since about Christmas, we’ve spent a good deal of time at medical facilities. If you have small children, you know what I’m talking about. When the kids get sick, the earth stops spinning.
The big one was Deedle’s 3 day hospital stay the week before last. Now, Deedle’s a big boy, but he was no match for human metapneumovirus (HMPV), a cousin of RSV, which I’m sure he contracted from toys in a pediatric waiting room somewhere.
I say ‘somewhere’ because we’ve been in a lot of pediatric waiting rooms lately. Here’s the run-down for our kids since about Christmas (diseases and number of family members affected):
Strep Throat: 1
Bronchial infections: 1
Acute asthma: 1
Ear infections: 2
Unidentified, puke-your-guts-out stomach virus: 5
Mind you, each of these cases (save 4 instances of the the puke-your-guts-out stomach virus) necessitated its own doctor visit, co-pay, and prescription.
But I’m looking at the bright side– I’m happy to report that so far our family is completely swine flu free! We’ll see what next week brings.