Wednesday, May 18

Say What? and What a Brave Boy!

Sis has been known to sometimes give a running commentary as to the status of certain body parts (hers). For example: "see Mom, the bump is not there on my foot no more," or "my finger that had a scratch on it yesterday is not hurting me this morning," or "my butt hurts." You get the picture.

So quite often, I admit, I half listen and half concentrate on the task at hand. This by the way, is multitasking, which moms long ago perfected, but never got credit for, but I digress.

So today I heard this:

Sis: My ear is hurting me.

Me (knowing that there are already 2 ear infections in the house): Point to which ear. Does it hurt inside?

Sis: No, on the outside. It's kinda scratchy. Maybe Mudge (her baby sister) hurt my ear.

Me: Oh, I don't think so. You'll be okay. ( I then divert attention back to bookwork).

Sis: Maybe it's.....

Now, at this point I'm really only hearing blah, blah, blah. And before you start pointing fingers, ask yourself if you hear every word your 4-year old says.

I follow this up with some hmmms, and uh-huhs. But then I hear:

"Oh, never mind, it's just peanut butter".


We kept Bud home from school this morning because he had a terrible, non-stop cough. Now, keep in mind, there are like 15 cases of whooping cough in his school system.

So with every cough I was listening for the "whoop", but It never heard it. Finally after lunch he laid down, but then had a 2-hour marathon coughing fit. Enough. I took him in to see the doc.

After looking him over, and finding the beginning of an ear infection, the doc asked if he could test for whooping cough. I immediately said okay. But then we found out what it entailed. They stick a 5" long, thin wire with a cotton tip up a nostril and hold it there for 30 seconds. Then they do the other nostril. Oh my.

I said we'd just skip the test, take the meds for the ear infection, and I'd keep him out of school for the rest of the week, as if he'd tested positive. The doc said that would be fine, except if anyone else in the household started coughing like this they'd have to be tested before they could be treated.

I can't even begin to imagine what this test feels like, and I would never want to see any of my kids have to endure it. Especially Sis. She's young enough to be totally scared of this nurse coming at her with a wire. And she's old enough to remember the experience.

I said, "what do you think Bud? You can decide." Up until now he's never had any say regarding meds, strep tests, or the like. This is what he said:

"I'll do it Mom. That way Sis & Mudge won't have to."

I am so proud of my son!


the dahls said...

What a sweetheart!!! I'M so proud of your son, too! Any results on that nasty-ol' test? I pray that all of you will be on the road to recovery soon... Steve, did YOU set the Fishing For Men dates this year? :)

Mommy said...

That right there is one of the reasons I always wanted an older brother and wish my daughters had one.

Anonymous said...


Grandma Jo is very proud of you. Sis and Mudge owe you a big favor!! Have them bring you big buckets of lemonade and the snack of the day atleast until mid June.

Love you all!!!