Ancora Imparo - I am still learning

Friday, August 22, 2008

Crazy, Mixed Up, Good, Bad Day

Today has been one of those crazy days - you know, the ones where you have to sigh, "Wow!" when you sit back to think about what happened. First of all, yesterday, one of my CCU friends posted and asked if I would be interested in writing an article for a homeschooling magazine she is content editor of. Boy would I! So after work last night, I wrote an article entitled "The Second Generation" and e-mailed it to her. I got an e-mail this morning telling me she had sent it off to the editor for proofing. Yay! I'm so excited!

After this, things just kind of went down-hill, if you know what I mean. First came my annual "check-up" at the doctor. Definitely not my favorite thing to do. Then Taliesin, who appeared to be over a virus he has had for the past couple of days broke out in a rash. It started on his cheeks, spread to his chest, then to his arms, then to his legs. I called the doctor, whom we had visited yesterday. The nurse told me it's probably part of the virus, but he could have hands, foot, and mouth disease (and, of course, Nathanael may get it, too). This evening, after Nathanael finally went down for a nap after four hours of trying to get him to do so, he was awaken by the sound of Princess, our beagle, barking at one of the neighbor kids who pulled up in our driveway on her bike. Before I could let her know that Nathanael had just fallen asleep and Princess's barking would wake him up, he woke up, saying, "Mommy, I don't feel good." I took his temperature; and, guess what - 102 degrees. Needless to say, I gave him a dose of Motrin; but, try as I might, he would not go back to sleep. Finally, I talked both of my sons into going downstairs and watching a DVD. (Yes, I had to talk them into watching TV - shows what unschooling does -hehe). Their Kidsongs DVD was just about finished when Nathanael yelled up the stairs to me (who was in the process of making them some soup for supper), "Mommy, come here!) I went downstairs, and Taliesin was crying and holding his head, "I have a headache." So I gave him a dose of Tylenol, we all came upstairs (Taliesin still crying), made a phone call to the doctor's exchange, and waited for them to call me back. In the meantime, I post something on CCU asking if they know anything about hands, foot, and mouth disease; and they let me know it doesn't sound like what he has. After viewing pictures of hands, foot, and mouth that my CCU friends posted, I had to agree. What his rash was much more similar to is Roseola. So the doctor's exhange calls me back just after Taliesin has fallen asleep, agreeing that it probably isn't hands, foot, and mouth and telling me to watch to be sure he doesn't run a fever and have a headache at the same time and that, when he does have a headache, to be sure that he can still touch his chin on his chest. So, I've been stirring Taliesin off and on all evening to be sure he's still as responsive as he should be. Nathanael, still not wanting to go to sleep, but tired and not feeling that well, decides to do everything he knows he's not suppposed to. In the mean time, Princess who wanted back out for the fifteenth time this evening spots a loose St. Bernard. He decides he likes her and comes into our yard. Princess starts barking and barking and howling, which makes Riley (our beagle mix) run to the door. Of course, he wants in on the action, too. But I won't have any of that. So I chase Riley into a bedroom and shut the door, grab Princess's chain, pull her in the house, and try to see if I can see the St. Bernard's tags to see who owns him. He will have none of that and runs the other direction. Finally, Kelsey arrives home. Nathanael, still not ready to go back to sleep because he's, by this time overly tired, decides he wants to play with Riley. But his idea of playing and Riley's idea of playing aren't the same thing. Finally, we get Riley's toy away from Nathanael so Riley can have it, get Nathanael's jammies on him, and finally he falls asleep. It's now almost 11:30 P.M., and I still have not had a chance today to get to those college videos I need to watch.

Yeah, it's been a crazy day....



Stephanie said...

Yep I've had lots of those days too.
I hope the boys feel better soon I knew it didn't sound like hand, foot and mouth.
Cassie had fifths and Kieran had roseola, they were fine, your boys should be just fine :)

TERI said...

My prayers are with you and the boys. Hope you have a restful night. A new day tomorrow!

unschoolermom said...

Thank you both. :^) I appreciate the encouragement! Nathanael woke up at 6:30 this morning and threw up. Taliesin is still saying his head hurts, but at least he's not crying over it now. I called in sick to work tonight, told them I have to keep an eye on them - especially with Taliesin's headache. Today it's Nathanael's turn to not eat. Taliesin ate a little this morning. sigh...