THE FLU STINKS!
It can’t be said much simpler than that. It seems the Germ Fairy has it out for our household this year. Just when I started to feel better, Kate was taken down by the flu bug. That little Germ Fairy and her crew of various bugs are very tricky. They seemingly creep in at night when you are least expecting them.
Monday was a day like no other, the kind only written about in movies. Seriously, I could not have imagined a day like that even in my wildest dreams. There was nothing simple about it, NOTHING!
I awoke to Kate, pale, sad, feverish Kate. There would be no school for Kate. This sent Koen into a meltdown. Going right into super-mommy mode, I started to bargain with the kid. I made promises on top of promises to get him dressed and ready for school. I even promised to take him to school so he wouldn’t have to ride the bus by himself.
*note to other super-mommies this is a BAD idea*
After tons of kicking and screaming I was able to convince the lil’ man to put down the teddy bear, grab his lunch, backpack, and head out the door. The ride to school was quiet but okay. I parked the vehicle and like a good mom, I walked him into the school.
COMMENCE BEAR HUG AND LARGE AMOUNTS OF TEARS
He latched onto me like a python going in for the kill. So many wonderful teachers and aids tried to help, but ended up walking away knowing they had been defeated by a 5 year old. They left me standing there, looking like bad, evil- mommy instead of the super-mommy I had been striving to be.
*Run away, leave me here, I am his mom, of course I know how to make this all better.
On second thought, maybe I don’t…. HELP*
Finally like a true super hero, the super fabulous Mrs B. came floating around the corner to save the day!
We love Mrs. B.!!!
She even came armed with weapons… carrots for K-man to feed the class rabbit.
Things were looking bleak at this point. No words from me or Mrs. B. were going to make this ultra determined kid to budge.
Finally she firmly took hold of his hand and told me to just go. She promised he would be fine once I was out of sight. I wasn’t loving this, but I figured she had been through this a few times, maybe I should trust her.
I pried his tiny little arm from my waist, knowing there were going to be screams of displeasure from my little guy. I turned, and with a tear in my eye I walked away.
“Moooommmmm DON’T LEEEEAVE MEEEEEE HERE!”
Yes that’s my boy screaming, and this is me walking away – once again looking like bad, evil-mom. I had to duck and take cover once outside to make sure he didn’t coming bolting out the doors chasing after me.
I finally returned to my vehicle, took a deep breath, and then promptly called a friend. I needed that reassurance that I was not a bad mom. I sure felt like one.
As I approached the house, thankful to be back home, my phone rang. I looked and it was the school’s number on the caller i.d.. Oh, how I hoped they were calling to tell me how great Koen was doing now. How he had wiped his tears away and happy skipped his way to class. Yes that was what I had hoped for.
Instead I was greeted with….
“Mrs. R….. this is Mrs. J…. at the middle school.”
*Uhhhh, what did she just say?*
” I don’t want to alarm you, but your son has just passed out and the rescue squad is on its way”
ALARM BELLS GOING OFF LIKE CRAZY!
“We were just wondering if you were able to come up to the school”
“YES, I’ll be right there”
I ran into the house to let the girls know what was going on and then flew to the middle school. Thankfully Carley is still homeschooling and could help tend her sister or this day could have been much worse with Kate and her fever!
*All of this before 9 am. I told you…. this is stuff for the movies!*
I arrived just as they were wheeling my boy out on a stretcher! He was being transported to the hospital and he was ghostly pale. Not a sight any mom wants to see.
To quote the medic… “You’re the whitest white boy I’ve seen”
I followed the ambulance to the hospital. It seemed to be the longest ride ever!
They hydrated him well at the hospital, ran several tests, and once he had pinked back up they sent us on our way back home. Thankfully he was going to be okay.
It was now approaching noon. I could not believe the day we were having. It about did me in.
Somehow I survived and lived to tell the tale. It is now Thursday, Kate is still home with a fever (officially she has the flu), Koen happily rode the bus this morning with the promise of a Wii game against his dad tonight, and KC is back at school feeling much better.
It seemed Monday tried to take any idea of simple and throw it out the window -the penthouse window!