Ours is not a “family that gets sick” kind of household. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve had to take Stella to a doctor outside of regular checkups and ADHD visits. Same with Felix, once he had the tubes put in his ears. I don’t go to doctors other than my annual woman stuff. It’s embarrassing, but I don’t even have a GP. I don’t need one. I don’t get sick.
This summer, we’ve been sick. I don’t know if the universe is doling out our punishment all at once or what. I’ve been treated so far for a sinus infection, cough, and walking pneumonia. And I’m still coughing so much sometimes that I’m almost peeing on myself (sorry) and being kept awake at night. I’m starting to think I may never be all the way well again.
Stella has been bitching about her ears hurting for 2 weeks, and just when I’m on the verge of taking her in to see someone, it’ll go away. She’s also sniffling and coughing pretty constantly, so I’m 99% sure it’s allergies. And did you know that occasionally our air quality takes a beating due to Saharan dust? Yeah. We’ve had 2 pulses of that stuff lately.
Felix has been OK with one glaring exception: the day their camp took them 2+ hours away for a field trip, he experienced an apoocalypse. He basically had diarrhea all day long. There was nothing anyone could do. He came home missing underwear and socks (sacrificial) and holding a huge wad of paper towels to his butt. It was awful for everyone involved. I got off easy.
All that combined with the heat and the summer vacation mindset, we’re just not doing everything we’re supposed to be doing. The kids have missed a lot of jiu jitsu; either they or I don’t have the energy to go. I’m not keeping up with one of their summer reading logs, and I’m not currently making Stella do any reading at all. I just don’t have the pep to fight that battle with her at present. And I need to be doing summer work with both of them so they don’t lose their school mojo sitting around playing Minecraft all day.
I know it’s temporary and isn’t necessarily catastrophic but the guilt is creeping in. I was talking to my mom the other day and she pointed out how quickly the summer is going and how soon she’ll be here to visit. My sphincter tightened. We have too much to do: uniform inventory and acquisition, school supply shopping, the aforementioned reading and work packets. I’m hoping in the next week or so I’ll actually feel better and regain my energy. I gotta herd these cats!!