Thursday, November 13, 2008

Laugh or cry?

I thought it couldn't get much worse last week, what with everyone getting the stomach virus and all.

First it was Ruthie-4, then Libby-10, then Allie-15. Then Thursday morning, Annie-7 got it. Another entire day spent running to grab the trash can, get a cool wash cloth, and pat backs. I missed Neal's-13 last football game of the year, a nail-biter won in the last three seconds of the game. Hopefully someday I'll get to see the highlight film.

By Friday night, Annie seemed much better, so we loaded the entire family in the truck to cheer on our varsity football team - heading to the playoffs for the first time in several years. It was 1-1/2 hours away, but she seemed fine. Of course, about the time we drove into the parking lot, she said in a tiny voice, "I don't feel so good. Can you take me home?"

So I spent four, twelve-minute quarters (plus timeouts, clock-stopping penalties, and the halftime "extravaganza") with Annie in my lap, trying to keep her warm under a blanket, while she covered her face ("It's too bright! It's too loud!"). Good times.

Saturday morning Neal called from his friend's house saying he wasn't feeling well. I knew it must be bad, because his friend had invited him to go to a college football game in a town 4 hours away. A very special day, and a rotten one to get sick.

On the bright side, we were now five for five (they should require all mothers of large families to have a degree in Public Health. A little late for that here, though).

Meanwhile, the house. Ugh. Laundry - done but not folded - everywhere. Dirt. Clutter. Work. Email.

My plan was to spend this week catching up. Instead, I've been to doctor and orthodontist appointments (which seem to take up the whole day because I haven't changed doctors yet and am still driving 30 miles to Big Suburb for health care). And going to softball playoff games in the evenings.

But hey, everyone's feeling back to normal!

So here's the part where it gets even better! Libby wakes up yesterday morning saying she has an itchy scalp.

Yup. You guessed it. A repeat of last year about this time (except that Dennis is not heading out of town this time - God is merciful). After a complete review of scalps in the family, I am happy to report we have confined the problem to just one head. And after a complete tearing apart of all beds, vacuuming of all rugs and disinfecting of all surfaces, we plan to keep it that way. Hey, maybe I could get college credit for my Public Health service after all?

You just have to laugh.

Or cry.

It doesn't really matter.


Maureen said...

Oh Katherine! My heart goes out to you. The two worst things in my opinion, are stomach viruses and "scalp" issues. I have had my fair share of both in our large family. I will be saying a prayer for you.
When it rains it pours doesn't it? God Bless you! Remember that this too shall pass.


Anonymous said...

I'd cry. :) God bless you guys! Glad it's made the rounds through all the kids and hopefully done. My kids have been healthy so far this season and it makes me a little frightened - what disaster is just around the corner...?

Andrea said...

laugh or cry?? hee. i think you do both. at the same time. hysterically. then it confirms you really are halfway to the looney bin. =)
praying, friend.

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, I feel your pain. We just had that here too but ours was preceded by a bout of pin worms. Maybe that will cheer you up. At least you weren't looking at your kids rectum in the wee hours of the night with a flashlight!
I am glad you are back, I have missed your blogs.

E. Tyler Rowan said...

Ack! I agree with Andrea - laugh and cry hysterically at the same time.
Praying that you keep your sanity, and that the Lord send someone to help with the laundry catch-up.
Be blessed, my friend.

mholgate said...

I feel for you! My 5 kiddos pass it around and just when we think we're done they get something new! Ours was a 14 day cold followed by flu, with an overnight hospital stay for my oldest daughter(7).

I cry, I laugh, I pray.
Praying for you,

Rachel Anne said...

You should laugh and cry and eat lunch with your sister...but next time it will be MY treat!

Thank you for such a wonderful Bday treat...getting to share it with you and Ruthie was just GREAT!!

I love you!

Christy. said...

Oh man, that sounds terrible!!! Lice is my worst nightmare, I'm glad that it was contained....

Jen said...

i feel for you this morning. Hubby needs to send you off to a spa for a day.....i think i would cry.

Bekah said...

I agree with you...a nursing degree should be a prerequisite to motherhood!

I don't know if I'd retain my sanity if lice turned up on a head in our house. I thought we brought bed bugs back with us from vacation (that's a story, I'll tell ya!) and I thought I would pass out with a case of the heebie jeebies, lol!

Blessings, momma, for braving bugs of all sorts:)

Cassandra said...

We dealt with the scalp issue this summer after oldest daughter and husband went on mission trip south of the barder. i had been warned they would likely bring home "guest" but you're never ready for all the work that goes into dealing with em. Anyhoo...I feel your pain and just think you're pretty awesome to find the sanity to still post on your blog! :)

Jamie said...

Ugh! That is a lot of icky stuff going on. It's been a long time since we have had to deal with the scalp issue at my house, but I remember how much work it was to get it all cleared up.

Patterned Pants said...

I'm sorry, I had to laugh out loud. When it rains, it pours! Thank goodness the stomach ills have passed - hopefully you can wipe out the insects with one fell swoop.

Our day is coming just around the corner, I'm sure.

Have a better weekend!