Friday, June 12, 2009

Strep, Watermelons, & a Swap

Yesterday I was close to performing a tonsillectomy on myself. Had I been able to find a do-it-yourself guide on the Internet, I may have tried. I woke up with a sore throat and gave it my mom's age old diagnosis; I figured, "something must be blooming...."

My mom has 2 diagnoses for ANY problem you ever have. If it's something related to snot, coughing, watery eyes or your throat then "something's blooming" and its "just allergies". If it is ANYTHING else, from your toe feeling like it's rotting off to your neck being stiff, then you get the question that comes in a low whisper tone with a slight nod of her head, "When's the last time you went to the bathroom?"---

Since this particular ailment had my throat feeling like it had been scraped with a switchblade, I told myself it was "just allergies" and would be better by lunch time. Lunch time rolls around and it was still hurting and I was beginning to feel a little achey all over. By 2:00, I was SICK. I took my temperature and sure enough I had a fever of 101.3. I immediately called DW's cousin's husband's office (did ya'll get all that?) and begged them to let me come in and do a strep culture...I didn't care who did it either--- a doctor, a nurse, the receptionist, another patient in the waiting room, just as long as I found out if it was strep and got some medicine or a tonsillectomy. They could get me in at 4:00. I dropped Annabelle off with her Granny and saw the nurse practitioner. She did the culture and said that strep didn't show up, but that I for sure had an infection in there (tonsillitis) and prescribed me some antibiotics. She said it could be strep, but that it might be too early for it to show up on the culture....She said that it's spread through saliva (a.k.a. spit). Since we're typically not the family that goes around spitting on each other, I figured we'd be fine. She told me to try not to get in Belle's face or kiss her or talk when I was close to her in case some stray saliva came out.... with that, I was out the door.....

As I was driving home, it hit me. If this is spread through saliva, (a.k.a. spit) then I'd just like to know who the heck spit on me and passed it my way. Gross.

This morning I woke up feeling better than yesterday and the fever is gone. I'm trying not to hold Annabelle very much and am not talking to her at all when I am holding her. Needless to say, it's been a very QUIET day at our house and I think she is wondering what in the world happened to her mom. DW on the other hand has sprayed down all the important parts in our home (the TV remotes, phone, and the furniture) with Lysol. Guess we know where he thinks I spend most of the day and what I do....ha...

Now, the watermelons..... My brother, sister-in-law, and newest nephew, Garrett, were here last weekend. I've been planning how I was going to take Annabelle's pictures with some watermelons for several weeks now. I had the sweetest image in my head, of carving one out and laying her in it.... that wasn't going to work when I realized that she isn't the tiny 6 lbs she was when she was born and she wasn't going to fit in it. Oh, but wait... Garrett would be coming soon and we could do that with HIM! There was a slight problem though... "baby" Garrett, who's 2 months old, is basically the same size as Annabelle. He's a haus for sure and it was decided that he wouldn't be fitting in the melon either.... So we thought we'd carve the melon and let Annabelle sit in it like a chair....


We tried to fit Garrett in the melon, too. He ended up looking like a turtle that had flipped over. The melon was the perfect "shell" but he wasn't very impressed. Garrett, the "Watermelon-Turtle"


We didn't do all of this until it was close to 8:00, and we should have done it much earlier, for the sake of lighting and the moods of the little peeps.


Garrett didnt want to be put down, much less put down in a pile of watermelons... look at that lip! Pitiful, but so cute!


not quite so upset in this one
Little man liked it much better when we moved him inside--look at that grin!

Here's the rest of little miss.....











And last, the "swap." LuLu is hosting a monogram swap... I signed up because its fun to do something for someone else and so fun to get a package from someone you dont know! You can get all the details and sign up by clicking over to her blog via the link below... Sign up ends Sunday, though!

http://lifewithluluandpete.blogspot.com/2009/06/ok-lets-do-ita-monogram-swap.html

Have a great weekend!


~a~



9 comments:

Life of a Savannah Bride said...

I'm sorry you were sick, but I just laughed out loud when you talked about what your mom says when you're sick. Too funny! And those pictures are so creative. I hope I will be a creative mommy like you...when the time comes :)

Shell said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. Those pictures are so cute.

Tania said...

Sorry to hear that you're sick, hope you get to feeling better soon.
I just love the pictures of Belle and your nephew with the watermelons.

Charon Benton said...

Laughing hysterically at your mom's cure for everything (cause it's SO TRUE)...I notice I use that on my kids, brother, etc. etc. etc. Oh my. I'm turning older before my time!!!! hahahahaah
AND. Might. I. Add. MISS PRISS is too cute in those watermelons! I had 80 acres of 'em you could've come and took her picture in too! : )

Charon Benton said...

p.s. forgot to tell you. I never did go to the dr. for my throat and yuckiness (I'll spare the details), cause you know I hate being weighed, so I only go if I'm about to amputate my own arm or something, but.....I'm finally feeling better and just taking over the counter meds.....might try to find an old z-pack I know I have laying around here somewhere.....

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

These are the cutest photos!

Okay, that mom's cure is so funny, I am still laughing... my mom is very VERY similar and I can't believe there is anyone else out there who says that sort of stuff!! Oh, man. What would we do without moms? Too funny girl.

Carrie said...

The first picture of Annabelle sitting up in that watermelon like a big girl is my new favorite! What a great idea. And Garrett is looking like a big boy himself. I can't believe how fast he is growing!

Glad to hear you are feeling better. Gotta love that Pam, she is sounding a lot like Granny Beauchamp with her "diagnosis".

Heather said...

Hope you are feeling better, love seeing all the pictures. Your mom's advice cracked me up. It's tough on a mommy when we are sick.

Katie said...

"When did you go to the bathroom last?" Aaaauuuggghhhh! Hilarious! I about couldn't quit laughing! I seriously think that if I was around you in real life, I would NEVER stop laughing. My sides would always be sore. I love your stories! (Oh, and the watermelon turtle is too funny!)