Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tis the Season

It has been about a month since we last went to Story Time at our local library. The last visit landed us in the ER discovering that Owen has an ear infection and tonsilitis. His fever came on about 1/2 hour after leaving the library. So from a mama's point of view, it seemed likely that the infected germs came from the library. Do they really disinfect all those kids books, and puzzles, and toys? I sound like a germ freak, but when you really think about it, I know our kids have not necessarily kept each book clean that we have brought home. None of us have gotten the Seasonal flu or Swine Flu vaccines, an since Tis the Season for those paticular illnesses, I have tried to be careful without going overboard on baby wipes, and hand disenfectant, and hand washing. Yesterday we decided to attempt story time again. We weren't there too long, just long enought to sit in on story time and check out TEN books because when my kids ask for books I can't say NO. I could spen more money on books than toys for them this Christmas. About 1/2 hour after we left the library I developed a sore throat, left ear ache, and slight headache. Am I a hypochondriac, is it a coincidence, or does the local library really have more germs than a herd of Mexican Swine? My symptoms kept getting worse, so by 4:30 I drove over to the Urgent Care. Usually I wait it out a few days, but I knew I had to work the next day and all I could think was I would end up with Owens earlier diagnosis. SO 3 HOURS later I finally left. I saw the rad tech for 5 minutes who only asked questions while he typed info on the computer, then put my finger in the little pulse oximeter to check my oxygen saturation,( weird)! When the P.A. came in for 3 minutes, the first thing she said was, "seems like i saw you walk in about 3 hours ago", DUH, and trying to make a joke about it wasn't helping. She was in the room with me just long enough to make me think she didn't believe me, told me she is "not worried about the flu, it is pretty much over" (although they were still giving out vaccines last week around here) asked if I were pregnant, (I am not), never took my temperature, looked in my ear and throat and said I could have some amoxycillin if I wanted. Supposedly Publix grocery store gives out free oral antibiotics, but of course I got there 3 minutes after the Pharmacy closed so I have to pay $13.49 at Walgreens. I am feeling better this morning, still have a bad headache and sore throat and eyes are the color of tomatoes no matter how many drops I put in them. Did I go to the doctor too soon? Do I really need the antibiotics? Would I have taken anyone else in my family to the doctor so quickly? I am still going to work today, mainly because I need the money to pay for the 3 hour wait at the Urgent Care.
Sorry if this post seems so negative, gotta go read in the WORD for a little while :)


Amber said...

your post doesn't sound negative; it sounds normal. you had a frustrating day and more than that, you're quite sick. so ease up on yourself. :)
i'm sick too if it makes you feel any better. you should try this: 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey. sip on it. it'll help your throat. love you a lot and i hope you feel all better soon. cheer up! i'll see you this month!!

Art Teacher said...

Your post didn't sound negative to me either, it made me laugh...even though I know the flu is not a laughing matter. Love your crafts too. Did you try the cassette tape?

J'Aime said...

I found it funny---your post---not being sick. I "waited" out something last week and I am still choking on snot. ;) good call---too bad your 3 hours away from home weren't spent on a pedicure. hope you feel better.
and you're not paranoid...i blame Eli's ear infection of last week on the disgusting runny noses at school nursery. :)

Erika said...

I'm a germ a freak and will NOT ck out anybooks from the library I rather buy them at the $1 section at target! LOL
I hope u feel better soon