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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Boo Hoo, It's the Flu

So, Thursday morning I woke up feeling like my head was bigger than my body and every step was a pain signal going straight through my skull.  Boo had that issue as well, so I called work, called the doc and found out it was the flu.  After I explained that the memorial was Saturday, he prescribed 2 antiviral meds to help us manage.

We made it to the memorial, which was sad and sweet.  I held it together fairly well until they asked us to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."  It brought back memories of going to games as a child with my Uncle.  Both boys broke down during the memorial as well.

I wouldn't let people come near me or hug me to be cautious.  Boo and I went straight home, instead of going back to the house post-memorial.  It was a lazy weekend of TV and sleep.  Konal was at his Dad's since Thursday night, so that helped keep him well.

I had to work on Monday-  it is not a paid holiday at EMPACT.  Aidan stayed home with Chris, who had stayed well through it all, and Konal was still at his dad's.  So far so good.  I think one of the biggest challenges to being a working mom is what to do with the boys when they are sick.  I have been lucky so far, but there are times that it gets very precarious trying to balance the roles.

Today, school was in session.  I dropped Aidan off, went back home to grab some things, went to the bank, and was getting ready to start my commute and I get a call from the school that he threw up in class.  Very embarrassing for a big 5th grader.  Luckily, today is mom's day off, so I went and got him and dropped him off at home and went in.  It was a close call, because I went to our Tempe location this morning, and if I had been on the freeway, it would have taken a while to get back.

I made it through all my day's meetings and my phone rings again.  This time it is Konal's school.  Apparently it was his turn.  Chris is also home sick at his house.  I called the boys dad and cobbled together a plan for tomorrow between mom and their dad so I could work tomorrow.  Thursday will be harder.

Unfortunately, Konal has a harder time with being sick than most kids.  He has trouble resting and tends to get irritable if he is ill.  This means he gets mad about being ill and tends to communicate that in inappropriate ways.  He and I just went rounds about whether or not he could play on his gaming systems.  We will survive, we always do.

Meanwhile, I need to get back to cooking, cleaning and working.  Peace out :)