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Deja vu ain’t nice when it’s lice

The good news is that so far neither of my kids has lice. A kid they were playing with does and we did the whole look on everyone’s head, get supplies from the store to deal with it, and wash everything under the sun. I helped comb out the kid’s mom’s hair. The silver lining: a childhood friend has opened a lice treatment business, and I got to see her on this trip.

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First ER Trip with Kids

An illustration from my son’s hospital gown.

Over the last two days, my son has complained of stomach pain in the same area and today started running a low grade fever. After consulting his doctor, an ER visit was recommended to ensure he didn’t have appendicitis. Of course, today was also the second snow storm of the season. Surprisingly in Boston, they haven’t really cleared either storm, and the trip to the hospital took two hours in very unpleasant rush hour blizzard conditions. Luckily, our nanny was able to stay with our daughter so she didn’t have to endure this trip, and we didn’t have to manage her as well as my son. Adding the drive and the usual hospital admittance dance, it made for a long evening. All of the staff and medical personnel were outstanding and warm which made the whole ordeal much more bearable. Also, the diagnosis of just a virus and no looming appendectomy was also welcome news. The drive back, thought snowy and difficult, was much happier.

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A Day Off

Between the holiday visits, my wife’s busy schedule, the pressures of work, and of course the constant nature of childcare, I was headed for a bigtime crash. I didn’t feel rested at all after Thanksgiving, so I finally took a personal day to recharge my batteries. I had grand plans of excavating my desk. Instead, I lay on the couch and read a book most of the morning. I did manage to unclog my wife’s bathroom sink, send a package, run a few errands, and deal wit a few items on the desk, but it looks pretty much like it did this morning. I, however, am a bit rested from a day of low people contact. Without this day, I am pretty sure my body would force me to take a day, anyway.

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Passed Out

When I got home today, the kids and the nanny were not home. I don’t remember going upstairs and crawling in bed, but I awoke to their noise at the time when the nanny should be relieved. I dragged myself downstairs to find that my wife was back, so after a few mumbled incoherencies, I again found myself in bed. I dozed until the kids came upstairs for their bedtime routine at which point they were too loud to sleep through. As my wife got ready to finish their bedtime routine, I woke up and came downstairs. I really don’t want to be trying to sleep as they pop out with different complaints. It was a wonderful break from the usual commitments of the nighttime routine, and I can’t remember the last time I passed out from exhaustion like that. It’s been a full couple of weeks with lice, stomach bug, multiple holidays, family visits, and more heaped on top of each other. Some was good; some wasn’t, but all of it evidently was tiring. My body did what my phone does when there is too little charge–it just shut down. Now I’m all kinds of peppy!

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Crackers

In addition to the disruptive fun of family visits during the holiday weekend, we have been dealing with my son getting a cold. His very difficult nighttime routine a few days ago was a warning sign. Late nights and days spent holding him on the couch seem to have turned the corner, though he is not going to school tomorrow. The fever seems to have broken, but the tummy has some ground to catch up. Two days of no solid food have also taken their toll. Hope he bounces back all the way tomorrow. Today, he ate four crackers, and the jury is out about whether or not they will make it all the way through.

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The Vacuum and the Solar System

The saga of lice cleanup is winding down, hopefully. On Sunday, my wife took the kids to an activity in the afternoon, and I unrolled all of the area rugs and thoroughly vacuumed them. We have a very powerful vacuum that wants to drag the rugs around on the floor instead of just cleaning them, but that makes me think that the suction is sufficient to really get anything out of the rugs that might still be in there. The last rug to be cleaned was the one in the kids’ playroom. This solar system design made me chuckle as I ran the vacuum across it. Indeed, there is a large vacuum in our solar system.

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

My daughter’s lice infestation continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. She was home today as my wife and then the nanny cleaned everything. When I got home, I jumped in and did a round of combing and picking. This is our life for the next while, but we have a lot of clean sheets, towels, and clothes!

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