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...Been There... Going through it now

by David Kuharski

For parents of younger kids--if you're anything like me, this is the moment you dread.  Your kids are ---wait for it--- SICK!  High fever, throwing up--sluggish--feeling horrid.

Yup, Julie and I should've seen this coming--like a thunderstorm rumbling in the distance.  Julie--smack dab in the middle of our move--came down ill with strep throat

.... hey wait a sec'?!  where'd you go?  ....  no, NO--I don't have it .... WOAH?! is that a mask?  SERIOUSLY, I don't have it... OK ok  sit across the room from me... fine... 

Well, back to my point--Julie was ill, during our move and at Christmas!  Better yet.  SO--last night our oldest boy Caleb says his head hurts and low and behold--he has a fever. 

Growing up, when I was sick my parents rushed around in hopes of easing whatever I was dealing with.  Usually my mom took command and got the Tylenol or cool wash cloth.  My dad watched in the wings--grabbing whatever she needed or running out to the drugstore.  One time I remember having a thumping, debilitating headache and my dad drove me to the hospital showing off his defensive driving skills that he had learned as a firefighter.  Yup--it drove my mom nuts.  AND when I did the same for Sadie when she was breathing rough--I freaked out and probably bent some laws to get her to the hospital.  It wasn't a crisis--but Urgent Care as much as told us there wasn't anything more they could do after the breathing treatment didn't work. 

SO--now my wife, cool and collected--has to deal with me buzzing around, grumpily worried, not knowing what to do or how to help Caleb.  As the hours ticked by soon -- like the weather service issuing a spat of warnings from north to south, the counties of Keith, Adam and Sadie became ill. It was a long night.  We tried our best.  Eventually all of the kids got to sleep--or fell back asleep--and all was quiet in Smallville. 

So, new parents know this-- You're not alone-- I've been there (along with most other of our blog readers) and done that.  Relief is coming--try your best to be that cool, calm parent in the meantime.  OH--and if you don't want to tee off your significant other--don't break laws on the way to the Urgent Care or ER.

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