Sunday, June 22, 2008

Buying Stock in Kleenex

This has been a crazy week. Jack came down with something Tuesday night(why do they always get sick at night?) A visit to our favorite PA, Nikki, came with bad news. Jack has strep. This explains the pain in his ears, 103 fever, extreme crankiness and NO APPETITE! After antibiotics, he was feeling much better on Thursday and no longer contagious(thank goodness). On Friday, he came down with a cough and runny nose, so now that strep is gone, a nasty cold has taken its place! Unbelievable. This kid has the most amazing immune system I have ever seen and BAM! a double dose of the icks. So far, Daddy and I have managed to evade the cooties, but I must admit I am feeling a little run down taking care of Jack the Terrible. Between the sleeplessness (and why are they up all night instead of sleeping like we do when we are sick?), administering drugs, breathing treatments(no cough syrup for the little ones, but albuterol helps)incessant crying and more snot out of a 35 pound person than I thought a head could hold, I am WORN OUT! We have been homebound for the weekend, but did manage to get out to the airport cafe we love so much for breakfast. Jack has also been enjoying the pool (it's body temp) too which is also helping to keep his fever down. Here's hoping tomorrow brings some relief! On top of it all, Jack jumped on our cat Prince who is 13 years old and injured him. We thought we were going to have to take him to the ER vet because his back legs weren't working well. By Sat morning, he appeared to be on the mend(thank GOD) and is getting better every hour. He is an ornery old bird...err cat, so I am sure it will take more than a less than gentle 2 year old to take him out(I hope). I included a couple pics from early this week before the germ circus arrived. Jack is always caring for his babies and putting them to bed. And I just couldn't resist the bean bag toss container used as a hat. Oh the imagination! Today(in a rare moment of energy) he "pertended" to be a pirate using a cardboard paper towel roll(arrggh mateys)! Our agave plants in the courtyard bloomed! It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful desert flowers can be. These are such a creamy white and feel and smell a little like lilies. We have 3 huge blooms and they have been like this for a couple of weeks. I didn't even know this plant had flowers!!!!! Here's to a better week!

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