Friday, October 05, 2007


Pin It My sister emailed me to tell me to update my blog or suffer the consequences, so here I am. I just couldn't blog this week. Nothing seemed the slightest bit amusing. We have been hanging on by a (rapidly fraying) thread.

We took Carter back to the doctor again yesterday. His breathing was a lot better, but I was starting to wonder if he'd developed pneumonia. He started throwing up mucus yesterday, poor kid. (He has a mean gag reflex. He will throw up on a DIME. The good part of that though, is that he has learned to run for the toilet if he thinks he's going to barf. Only three year old I know who consistently barfs right into the toilet. As a former bulimic, I'm SO proud. He's definitely his mother's son.)

The doc says his lungs are clear, and that all of the loose snot is actually a good thing, and that he should be feeling better any day now. He actually DOES feel great during the day. He wants to play outside, and since there are always other children outside who he might infect, we can't let him do that a whole lot. He is not happy with us. We have resorted to far too much TV, far too much computer. The nighttime still isn't much fun for him. He coughs all night long. They gave him some ultra strong cough medicine and last night we didn't hear a peep. We had to go in and check on him several times to make sure he was still breathing. Abby and Sarah are back in school and feeling fine.

Really - thank you so much to everyone who commented, called, and emailed me. It meant a lot to me. I am honestly so touched to know people care. I am so completely socially delayed in real life that I end up isolating myself a bit. It is odd that comments should become so meaningful, but they are. So thank you.

I have been away from blogging not only because we've been busy worrying about survival, but also because I've had a lot of work. I write for a living and usually love it, but unfortunately, the soul sucking, boring, dry, make-me-want-to-stab-a-fork-in-my-eye nature of the jobs I've completed lately (including a technical response to a request for a proposal from the DMV, a brochure and website for an SAP programmer, a Chiropractic Practice ezine, and a series of articles on economic strategies for credit unions) have left me feeling dead inside. DEAD. The thought of writing for fun is starting to sound completely foreign.

I've been working late hours too - I got 2 hours of sleep on Wednesday, and 2.5 on Thursday. My husband brought me a bag of minature candy bars on Thursday morning, because he knew I needed some sugar energy, and I ATE THE WHOLE THING. The whole thing people. In two hours. Help.

P.S. I am not pregnant. Someone asked if pregnancy would be a good thing or a bad thing. BAD THING, what with the whole impending uterine rupture thing my doctor keeps harping on. We really need to TAKE STEPS, I know.

P.P.S. Carter just asked us to "pause" the board game Candyland so that he could go to the bathroom. Yup. Too much TV.


  1. The things we do for our sisters! But seriously, get you some more sleep woman! Take a swig of Jakes meds and call it a night before you fall asleep while driving.

  2. I just took Luke to the doctor yesterday to find out he has mild pneumonia. He also went through a night of throwing up mucus and is on a very strong cough medicine too. I wish Luke could figure out how to make it to the toilet when he needs to throw up. I hope Jake is over it soon and that you can get some sleep. You deserved that whole bag of chocolate!!! I seriously don't know how you do it all and on so little sleep. I am impressed you are playing Candyland instead of taking a nap. Now that is a good mother!

  3. You would have to shoot me if I got little sleep. The son sounds like he is improving, hopefully he can recover quicker than you can go crazy. It will be a short race to the finish it seems, with the sleep deprivation and the vomiting.

  4. Oh my gosh Jess! Is he o.k.? I hope Luke is feeling better! Look at me, all whining when Luke is so sick. I hope he is getting better....

  5. Holy cow, you average two and a half hours of sleep a night and you're still writing all that stuff, helping sick kids and playing Candyland? I reiterate: You deserve a medal.

  6. Sue, you were not whining at all. Luke is starting to feel much better now with some good medicines. I just shared that earlier because I thought it was crazy that he and Jake were sharing similar sicknesses. I do feel like the worse mom, though, because it took me forever to finally get him to the doctor.

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  8. Anonymous11:24 AM

    I love the title of this post. I'm wishing I'd have thought of it first--I think it would be an excellent name for an entire blog.

  9. I am glad to hear that everyone is on the mend. Having sickness in the house really "blows." OK, I'm a little sleep deprived too.
    BTW -I know what you mean about the importance of comments. I feel much the same way. Thanks for leaving one when you visit me. :-)

  10. I'm sorry you have so much going on and you are fraying fast!! I wish there was something I could do to help there anything? You are so strong & hold up so well through all the crap in life.

  11. I'm so glad he's doing better -
    throwing up mucus is good...he and Youngest have that same skill: making it to the toilet.
    He gets ten points from me.

  12. Oh I'm so glad to hear that Jake is feeling better and that you are not pregnant. Not that it would be a bad thing, but, you know.


    Right on!

  13. Lack of sleep - that's all it is. When I'm not getting enough sleep, I fall completely apart. And I often don't get enough sleep.

    My husband knows me well enough not to hand me the whole bag. He parcels them out piece by piece. I have no self-control.