Monday, September 15, 2008

Latest Update - Catching up for a Week

Ok. I promised more, so today’s a huge update.

1. I’m just about done with this dang cold/sinus infection. It’s been over 3 weeks now and 20 horse pill anti-biotics, so it’s about time. There’s not much more irritating, more disappointing than to be experiencing a beautiful summer day with clogged sinuses, headache, coughing, sneezing, snotting etc.

2. Gracie, our Social Butterfly:
I mentioned previously that Gracie had a urinary infection. Here’s the rest of the story. Last Monday evening she complained that it burned really badly when she pee’d. Several times this occurred and she wasn’t very happy about it. She still wears nighttime panties (pull-ups) and in the middle of the night when she pee’d she cried out for me. I of course went in and comforted her, but it was obvious she needed to see a doctor. On Tuesday morning I called the pediatrician and got an appointment. We got dressed and headed out.

Now, if anything can be said about Gracie it’s that she’s not shy. Not in the least. She’s a talker, which makes any trip to the doc fun. We were called back to the room and Gracie took her place on the examination table. The doctor came in and she started.

“Doctor, are you gonna put that stick in my mouth this time?”
“Doctor, are you gonna look in my ear?”
“Doctor, do I have to pee in a cup?”
“Doctor, what’s that thing around your neck?”
“Doctor, am I gonna get a shot?”
“Doctor, it hurts when I pee are you gonna fix that?”
And on, and on, and on. It was difficult to speak with the doc cause she never stopped talking.

We had told Gracie she may have to pee in a cup and she was very worried about this. Not sure why, but it scared her. The doc told her she needed to do this and walked us down the hallway to the restroom. Gracie challenged the doctor the entire trip about the need to pee in a cup.

“Pee’s dirty. It goes in the toilet not in a cup.”
"You're supposed to drink out of a cup, not pee in it."
“You’re not supposed to touch pee.”
“I’m not burning now, I must be all better, I don’t need to pee in a cup.”
“What are you going to do with the pee?”

We entered the restroom and Gracie assumed her rightful spot on the throne. I got the cup, swabbed as instructed, told her to start and she did. The doc wanted her to pee a little bit before I started collecting, so I let Gracie start then asked her to stop. She couldn’t, so I had to insert the cup into the stream as quickly as possible. Although there was no alternative, this was not a good move.

Pee got all over my hand, my wrist, the cup and the toilet. Gracie saw this and started laughing out loud causing her to pee harder and for the pee to start going everywhere, which caused her to laugh even harder, making it even worse. Fortunately, I did get some in the cup. I don’t think Gracie will be shy about peeing in a cup ever again.

I washed up, cleaned up Gracie, cleaned the cup, cleaned the toilet seat and we went back to the exam room. Of course Gracie had to tell everyone along the way that she pee’d on me in the restroom. Oh the joys of parenthood!!!

The doc said they saw blood in her urine and she had a high white count so she prescribed antibiotics and sent us on our way. Another successful visit and another $300 or more.

Now last Tuesday was also Vickie’s Birthday so I took the family out for dinner at Longhorns. As soon as the waitress arrived at the table, Gracie started. Loud and clear so no one could mistake she had something to say:

“Hi, my name’s Gracie!”
“Today’s my Mommy’s birthday. You have to bring out a cake and sing to her.”
“It burns when I pee cause I’m sick. I got an imfection”
“Daddy took me to the doctor this morning and I had to pee in a cup. I pee’d all over Daddy too, he wasn’t very happy about it.”

The waitress was laughing, Hailey about pee’d herself, I was laughing, Vic was laughing, I think everyone within hearing distance was laughing.

Gotta love her!!!

3. School: When I was in 8 years old, school started at the end of August or early September. Then we had off until Christmas Break, usually 2 weeks. After this we were in school until mid-May when we took off for summer.

Here, they start school first week of August and guess what? THEY ARE ALREADY OFF FOR A WEEK!! Goodness gracious. So all the brood are at the house now. Screaming, yelling, making messes, fighting, playing,,,,the usual.

All for now. Later.


Steph Bachman said...

Off for a week! That is crazy.

I'm still laughing about the pee incident. : )

Danielle said...

OMG!!! That is SO hilarious about Gracie! You are such a good daddy for taking her to the doc and getting tinkled on!