One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Posted by laura on Oct 26 2009 | Not So Fun, Uncategorized

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Well things have been creeping along out here. Honey’s not exactly on the express recovery train, but I guess it’s to be expected given all she’s been through. Last week she started back to school, thanks to my new best friend, Motrin. Friday was her first full day back and it went pretty well, and over the weekend it seemed we were out of the woods; she still had pain but it was manageable with medication. This morning, though, it flattened her again. Was it the classic equation, Pain + Monday = Misery? Quite possible. But the last time I brushed off her jaw pain she had raging infections and emergency surgery, so I’m a little hesitant to step down that path again.

Then there’s Hot Wheels, who woke up this morning looking mostly grey with a slight flush to the sides of his cheeks and complaining of a ‘liquidy mouth.’ I took a look, and there was the swollen red throat with the red spots all across the top, looking all too familiar. That was a drag because we’ve already done our tour of duty in Strepland this year and are meant to be on leave. Who’s handling these assignments, I ask you?

Finally, for the full set, we have poor Tom who cricked his neck something fierce on Saturday afternoon and has been doing the Frankenstein walk since then. Poor guy – it’s one of those injuries that deliver amazing levels of pain and inconvenience. (I’m sitting here at the computer, looking from side to side, just because I can. In fact I think I’ll just sit here for a while, turning my head and eating incredibly crunchy food, in sheer appreciation of being well.)

It was quite the scene in our house at 8 this morning. Honey was bawling at the table, Hot Wheels was picking dejectedly at his breakfast and making thick throat noises, and Tom was lumbering around and wincing. I thought about the lineup of calls to school (they really should have given me a dedicated line by now), the doctor, the orthodontist and the parents of the girls who ride with us to soccer practice in the afternoon. I considered the white paper drifts of homework piling up in the corners of Honey’s room. I added up all the days I’ve been out of the office this month. I walked down the hall to the linen closet to find the thermometer.

As I passed the bathroom, Tom was standing in front of the sink. He asked, “So what do you think?” I said, “I think I’m going to find a dark corner and cry quietly for a while.” Tom replied, “Before you do that, could you help me stick this heatwrap on?”

6 comments for now

6 Responses to “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back”

  1. Peter

    When you find that dark corner can you look for my sock? On the bright side you get more sun then us. Jokes aside I hope you all get better soon.

    26 Oct 2009 at 9:36 pm

  2. oh, geez! i am so sorry for you and all your patients. i hope everyone feels better soon. need some chicken soup or ice cream??

    26 Oct 2009 at 9:43 pm

  3. laura

    thanks guys! we’re doing ok just putting one foot in front of the other right now. amy, you’re so good to ask, but right now fridge and freezer are stocked, so we’re ok there. and peter, i found your sock and i burned it. you can thank me later.
    hope you all stay well!

    26 Oct 2009 at 10:06 pm

  4. courtney

    oh dear! thinking good thoughts for lots of healing for everyone.

    27 Oct 2009 at 9:32 am

  5. Sam

    Aw, poor chickens!

    Having spent a fair amount of time at the orthodontist as a kid, I feel for Honey…I hope it’s the last surgery she’ll need.

    27 Oct 2009 at 1:03 pm

  6. laura

    Thank you Courtney! Those thoughts are much appreciated.

    And Sam – the good news is that the orthodontist is a very different place from when we went. It’s certainly not fun, but it’s a huge help when the doctors are insanely kind. We’re hoping this is the last surgery too! Thanks for thinking of her, and hope your guys are all doing well!

    27 Oct 2009 at 9:18 pm

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