Please stand by.

We’re going on week three over here of at least two people in the house being sick.

A few weeks back, the day after we went to a very large Halloween party, my 8-year-old came down with a cold. We hunkered down and kept it quiet, so as to make sure she’d be well enough to go trick-or-treating. By the end of that week, RegularDad had come down with it. By the following Monday, my 5-year-old had it.

I spent those 10 days or so making a hell of a lot of homemade chicken soup, trying to keep up with the laundry, and doing a little school here and there, gauging daily, just what activities we were actually healthy enough to do. On Thursday morning, I woke up with the damn cold myself. Ah well, I lasted almost two weeks. It was only a matter of time.

On Saturday, my mother arrived to babysit because RegularDad and I had a college reunion to attend. I can’t believe she actually showed up, and without a biohazard suit on at that. She’s never been all that great about how generous little children can be when it comes to GERMS. I can’t really believe that I had her over to babysit at all, now that I think about it, but the problem is, there’s no one else left at this point. My mother-in-law is in Colorado, my step-mother-in-law is sort of busy recovering from having her entire chest cavity replaced last week, and my father-in-law is busy watching her do that. RegularSis is busy moving to Texas, and my brother-in-law is busy navigating the end of his marriage.

So, it was my mother or nothing.

She did okay. We set it up so that she only had to sit on the couch and watch the kids watch TV until it was time for them to get themselves ready for bed. How hard could it be?

We got back from the reunion around midnight, just in time for my 5-year-old to wake up moaning that her ears hurt, and hurt BAD. By 2:00 am, she was howling and I called the after-hours nurse who told me to give her Motrin and have her rest her head on a heating pad, and if that didn’t do it, then to take her to the ER, (Motrin being, of course, pretty much the only children’s medication I did not currently have in my arsenal of over-the-counter cold remedies).

So off RegularDad went to the CVS at 2:30 in the morning while I gathered both girls into our bed and kept them calm and smiling with some quiet conversation that only happens between Moms and their girls in the middle of the night when Dad’s Out Getting The Medicine. By the time he got back and we dosed our youngest up and everyone was back in their own beds, it was after 3:00 am.

The girls were, of course, up with the sunrise and downstairs preventing my mother from getting any useful sleep whatsoever. I joined them at 7:00 and got a large pot of coffee started. My mother left by 9:00. I called RegularSis to tell her we wouldn’t be coming up to her place after all. We were supposed to go up there to celebrate RegularNiece’s 3rd birthday, but considering the events of the previous wee morning hours, we decided to give her the ever popular WE’RE NOT GONNA SNEEZE ON YOU BEFORE YOU GET ON A PLANE FOR TEXAS birthday gift. They’re on sale at Target right now. You should stock up.

So we stayed home, except for me, that is. I went out for coloring books and crayons, and some Legos, and a copy of Kung Fu Panda — things to keep us occupied. I also went to the grocery store and stocked up on more soup and other such items. And we spent the day NOT GOING TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. Lots of Motrin. Lots of laying around on sofas drinking juice. Lots of building Lego airplanes.

Yesterday I took my daughter in to see her pediatrician, explained the events of the weekend, and it turns out she’s got a seriously nasty ear infection in both ears. We stopped at the CVS to fill a prescription, and we’ve been home ever since.

I’d like to say we’re over the hump on this one, but RegularDad’s at his doctor right now getting checked out. He’s not getting over it quite yet, and since one of us needed some Amoxicillin, he might need some too. He’ll call me soon, and how much do you want to bet I’ll be making more chicken soup this week? In the meantime, I’m drinking gallons of green tea, popping Advil and Sudafed, and schlepping around in here trying to stay on top of the laundry, the dishes, and the used tissues.

Schoolwork and postings may be light for the next week or so.

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10 Responses to “Please stand by.”


  1. 1 Mom #1 November 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Man, that sucks! Hope you all feel better soon! Ear infections are the worst.

  2. 2 katherine November 11, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Sending more love!

    Y’all need dial-a-soup. No, you need dial-a-temporary-nanny. No, maybe just dial-a-come-clean-your-house-and-make-all-the-food-and-watch-the-kids-while -y’all-sleep-more.

  3. 3 Sara November 11, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    So sorry to hear about all that! Hope you all feel better soon.

  4. 5 SabrinaT November 12, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Get Well Soon! Oh how I miss the all night drug store…

  5. 6 rae November 12, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Wow. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if everyone just got sick at the same time, got medicine at the same time, and got better at the same time? The lingering, the stages, the exhaustion – yuck.

    Bless RegularDad’s heart for schlepping out at 2:30 in the morning. You all keep resting. If all else fails, move on to hot totties. The may not make you feel any better, but you might not notice so much.

  6. 7 RegularMom November 12, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Thanks guys.

    And, rae, you make me smile.

  7. 8 Lori November 12, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    uh oh .. hope everyone mends quickly!

  8. 9 Karisma November 15, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Oh you poor guys! I hope the healing process has begun! Ear infections are a real bummer! I’ve always used a little warm vegetable oil in the past, it soothes the pain. Recently though, as weird as it might seem, someone suggested using a clove of garlic (apparently it is an old wives tale and works) It smells a bit but the garlic has healing properties that somehow help. (Yep you stick the whole clove straight in the ear)

    Apart from soup, I find the best thing for cold/flu is honey and lemon. Kids don’t like it much but if you give them a cup of black tea with honey and lemon in it they don’t mind as much. For the grown ups though, Squeeze the juice of one lemon and about a tablespoon of honey in some hot water. Drink before bedtime and you will sweat out the germs. (For the brave types you can add some cayenne pepper as well, it makes the sweats come on easier!) Keep up those fluids, lots of water, soup, tea, juice. It all helps, the more you get into you the quicker you heal!

    hugs and smoochies all around xxxx Get well.

  9. 10 Bonni November 27, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Good Lord, Woman! Are you guys still under the weather? I REALLY hope that all is well and that everyone is back to being their cheery healthy selves. I’m sure you’re just busy with schoolish endeavours and holiday planning.


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