Friday, October 23, 2009

Conversations you have when kids have the oinker bug

"Mom...why do my ears feel funny and I can't hear anything?
"Mom, can you PLEASE give Chloe some more cough medicine? We can't hear the TV because she's coughing so loud."
"Why do I have so much snot going down my throat?"
"Mom, we're out of kleenex."
"When will I be better?"
"Mom, do you think I sound funny?"

"Mom...Mom...I sick. I need medithin."
"Okay, Jake, after your medicine, you need to take a nap."
"Oh." Long pause... "Mom, I not sthick. I stay awake and play."

"Mom...I sick, too. I want thum medithin, too."
"Zoey, you are not sick. You don't need any medicine."
Hanging head and giving me a fake pout, "Oh. Okay."

Seeing SaraGrace get an M&M to take away the taste of yukky medicine, the little girls start clamoring for some. "Mom...Mom...can we have some candy?"
Instantly and clear as a bell, Jake said, 'No you may not!"
We all cracked up! Jake's speech is not usually that clear, but he has that phrase down pat. I couldn't figure out where he had heard it...and then...duh...I found myself saying it later in the day. :) I guess they do listen to me after all.

Since I've had some ask questions about the flu situation... you can trust me...I'm a trained professional...wink,wink...

  • SaraGrace and Kate have had no symptoms but their cardiologist put them on Tamiflu as a preventative. (The pediatrician would not do this--I was told that Tamiflu cannot be used to prevent flu. Who to believe? The cardiologist made his decision after talking to the Infectious Disease specialists at Boston Children's Hospital)
  • Now that my two 'heart babies' are on Tamiflu, I am wondering what will happen when they stop taking it? Should I get the vaccine for them? I'm not sure what to do. Will keep praying for wisdom. The Tamiflu for kids is a liquid that was mixed for them and only good for 10 days, so I wasn't able to save it for later.
  • I saw on the news last night that 1 out of 5 children in the U.S. has had a flu-like virus this October. It is believed to be piggy flu. So...if your child had a fever of 102 or above for a few days, cough, and/or sore throat, you can be reasonably sure your child had h1N1. I know some of you are trying to decide whether or not to get your kids vaccinated, but it might not be necessary if they have already been sick.
  • My school aged girls who are sick are not going to school even after being fever free for 24 hours because the school doesn't want them back if they are coughing--still contagious. (And Jillian went fever-free for 24 hours and then was feverish a good part of the day yesterday.)
  • So far, SaraGrace, Kate, Zoey, Ryan, Jeff and I have not gotten sick--thank you, Jesus!! I do remember the sw*ne flu from the 70's but I don't remember if I got sick or not. Even though that particular strain was different, Jeff and I must have some type of immunity or I think we would be sick by now. I always get what my kids have. yuk.
I'm thankful that everyone is doing reasonably well--so far no need for antibiotics.

Yesterday, during a lull in fevers, and after having them beg me to go outside and ride their bikes, I decided to take them to the lake. I explained that I thought they should take it easy and that riding bikes was too strenuous. However, it was 70 degrees and I thought some fresh air would do them good. There is a very short trail around part of the lake and I thought they could probably handle that.


Follow the Leader


Not sure why I like this photo--but I do


"I'm donna put dis stdick into da wadder." I'm gonna put this stick into the water.








A sailboat fortuitously floated by but the sun went behind the clouds, so the photo isn't very pretty





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7 comments:

Holly said...

I would love to come visit your neck of the woods!
I am praying for your kids...esp. your heart "babies".
Really pray about those vaccinations. I have heard some pretty scary stuff about this new vaccine.
God will lead.
love,
Holly

Adeye said...

How absolutely wonderful that the kids are on the mend. And without antibiotics--that is fabulous.

LOVE the stunning pics, my friend. Gosh--can I come and visit you???? 70 degrees sounds like a little heaven on earth right now :)

Lori said...

You are going to be an expert when this is all said and done!

I can't believe you have enough energy to take your kids on outings almost every day! You make me look really bad, friend! I am an INDOORS girl! Really sad, I know.

Angie said...

Beautiful photos, as always. Praying the rest of you stay healthy!!

Shonni said...

What beautiful pictures!!!

Cari said...

I really love the sailboat shot! I thought it was a spectacular view. Your pictures are just gorgeous. I've got to find a cool spot close to home to take photos...so beautiful. (unfortunately, like Lori, I'm an indoor girl, too, unless it's sunny and 80!)

Praying the oinking will leave your house very soon! :)

Tracie said...

I have decided that I want to live in your back yard! I don't take up much space, and I just want to see all your beautiful scenery up close :)

I'm going to keep praying for y'all!