Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving, No Longer Thankful

Ahh, it's been a weekend--and not the kind of wonderful, off-to-get-a-Christmas-tree, deck the halls kind of weekend I had hoped for either. It started off well enough with a lovely, relaxed, cooking-light Thanksgiving day (we had dinner at the house of some friends) and rapidly went downhill from there...

Thanksgiving night J took a fall at our friends' house and it looked like she might have sprained or broken her little toe. Nothing to do about it but wait for it to get better. Friday morning she woke with a cold and a fever, and between the foot and the cold, she stayed in bed or on the couch for the day. Saturday morning I woke to the remembrance that strep throat has been romping through J's class. When she still had a fever and a bad sore throat and couldn't put any weight on her foot, we decided to take her for medical help. At 11:10 am I called her doctor's office to see if their service had a clinic recommendation and was surprised to get not only a warm body on the line but also the news that if we could be at the office by 11:30 they would see us there as they're open till 12:00 on Saturday. We dressed, we raced, we made it. Then we waited. And waited.

We finally saw a nurse practitioner who confirmed that J did have strep throat and who further said that she might have a fracture in the growth plate in her foot so we had to go in for x-rays. Off we went to Eggleston to wait some more. At 3:00 we got the welcome news that J did not have a broken foot (so no cast and no crutches). As we happily headed down the hall of the hospital--visions of Christmas-tree-shopping dancing in my head--J gave me one frantic look and threw up all over her father (who was carrying her). Oh boy. Got home and found out that a stomach bug had ravaged the house of the friends we had had Thanksgiving dinner with, and Mom and both kids were throwing up all Friday.

J showing us the contents of her stomach lasted through late evening, by which time I was starting to feel queasy too. Today J and I are both laid low, though we have so far mostly managed to keep down what has gone down. I now drag myself back to bed--after a little chicken noodle soup provided by the very patient and nurturing (and still healthy) spouse. Happy Holidays everyone!

5 comments:

stacyr520 said...

Wow! Glad I didn't call you guys for a playdate! Thought about it, but something told me "no." Must have been divine intervention!

Jodi said...

Ugh. I just posted some of my woes from the week, but this tops mine! Hang in there and feel better soon!

ren said...

gosh, i think i am most thankful that i'm not spending thanksgiving with you guys. yikes! lots of rest, liquids (*ahem* NON-alcoholic) and vitamins and hopefully it won't last long. you have all my sympathies.

Bill said...

See, I TOLD you to come out here...

Cynthia Morgan said...

Good lord. Your chicklet has strep, a broken foot AND the stomach flu? Sounds like she's trying to get all of 2009's sick quota squeezed into the last days of the year. I applaud the efficiency of getting it all over at once but...wow.

You know the old saying...rest, ice, compression. I think the ice is for the utterly huge, parasol-encrusted drink you're going to deserve when all this is over.