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a cut and paste…and a public service announcement


So, this was my Facebook status on Saturday evening:
“A week ago today Child #2 had a fever and a sore throat. We took her to the Dr. on Monday…strep. Child #4 woke up Tuesday with a fever and a sore throat…strep. Just last night Child #5 presented with a fever and after a visit to the Dr. this morning…you guessed it…strep. We got home tonight and Child #1 has a fever and a sore throat. I am seriously considering having Child #1 lick Child #3 right on the face so that Child #3 will be on meds before Child #2 is off of them. Lord, have mercy.”

Sunday morning I woke up with a fever and…not a sore throat, but…did you know…(this is the public service announcement part) that nursing moms get strep in other places? Yep. It’s not called strep though, it’s called mastitis. Everything I found via Google said that nursing an infant with strep was not a big deal. I even asked about it at the doctor’s office when we took Youngest Daughter in and they told me I had nothing to worry about. Oi Vey.

God bless my husband who took one look at me when he got home from church and said something like, “We’re going to the ER.” God bless ER doctors that ask things like, “Do you think you have enough pain meds?”

I’m feeling so much better today! Ready to tackle the germs that have been bullying my family and looking forward to future days when we no longer line up for medicine in an army roll call like fashion. Remember the picture of Youngest Daughter eating cereal? That’s pretty much the face we get as soon as she sees us coming with that lovely amoxicillin syringe. Poor thing.

Moms of young children (of children who were once young) give me your best strep, flu, cold…story.


Author: Heather

I want you to see life the way I see it. Often contradictory, seldom predictable, many times lovely, occasionally tragic, but every day filled with God's grace.

8 thoughts on “a cut and paste…and a public service announcement

  1. we went through a really long winter when daughters 1 and 3 got step over and over and daughter 2 never got sick– found out she was a “carrier” and just kept reinfecting the other two but never had presenting symptoms that needed meds…. we could NOT get beyond it… they finally tested #2 and got her on meds….

  2. that is strep!

  3. Oh my! I hope you are able to battlethe germs and healing continues! Someone reminded us of your posts and we prayed for ypur family at bible study last night! May the healing continue!

    • I appreciate the prayers so much! Thank you! Fortunately I was well enough that I too got to go to Bible study last night…that would have made me really mad! 🙂

  4. I don’t have any fabulous stories about my own kiddos…
    BUT, as a former health care provider, whenever a child presented to my ER with strep, I’d always just give them a script for EACH child…cuz they are going to get it. It never hurts to ask and it will save you multiple trips to the clinic/hospital. You don’t have to fill the script if you don’t want to.

your comments are better than eating chocolate in a hammock on a 70 degree day...almost

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