Weird weekend. The Hub and my youngest are in Vegas at the Excalibur Hotel for my friend’s 40th birthday party. My youngest called Friday night.. “Mom! Mommy! It’s 100 degrees, at night! Mom, it was 110 in Baker! Mom, Mom, I can see the pyramid from my room! We are in a castle tower. I’m like a princess, Mom!” She has never been away from me like this, alone with her dad. I thought she might miss me, ha ha. She’s too excited to think about it. I had to remind The Hub to make sure she wears sunscreen and to not forget that she gets hungry at regular intervals (he is the type of man who would go all day without eating unless someone was there, handing him a sandwich).
My oldest has a serious virus so she and I are home. The doctor isn’t sure what she has but suspects mono or West Nile Virus. She could have picked up mono at camp in July. She could have been bitten by a West Nile-carrying mosquito on our recent trip to Pennsylvania or Yosemite. It can’t be something normal like a cold, oh no. That would be too easy, and nothing is easy with this kid. Not that it’s her fault, but sheesh.
Through sheer force of will I am going to MAKE her well so that she can attend her first day of junior high on Monday. She had such high hopes for her first day as a 7th grader- starting off on the right foot, making new friends, finding her way
around. If she has mono she could miss a lot of the first two weeks of school and will have to sit out of PE for a couple of months. There are worse fates in life than missing school and sitting out of PE, but she’s a kid and she’s worried the other kids will think she’s different (of course, we won’t tell them that she actually IS different.. that is our little secret. Shhhh.) Junior high is hard enough without being singled out socially.
The doctor said if she has no fever, is eating, and feels better by Sunday, she could go to school Monday. Her fever came down yesterday but I’ll have to see how she is today. She’s still sleeping and I am crossing my fingers. She’s been sick since Tuesday and has eaten nothing more than one or two bites of food at a time all week- which is scary because she’s 11 years old and now weighs 69 pounds (5 lbs lost since Tuesday). Her body fat is close to zero-she can’t lose any more weight. Yesterday, even without the fever, she was shaky, pale, and weak. But maybe after 10 hours of sleep we’ll see a big improvement.
So last night, as my daughter sipped Gatorade and I sipped Chardonnay, we watched 17 Again with Zac Ephron and Matthew Perry. That Zac, he is quite pretty. A little gay looking, perhaps, but awfully cute. The movie was ok- I think my girl liked it more than I did. Even though this wasn’t the way we planned to spend the last weekend of summer, snuggling up and watching a movie together wasn’t too terrible.
Reading update- I am reading when I am not playing nursemaid and wiping things down with Clorox bleach wipes. I’m about halfway through Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, and so far, so good! After that I’ll be cracking open either Who By Fire by Diana Spechler or A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents by Liza Palmer. And I have a big backlog of reviews to write. I’ll list them here.. leave a comment to let me know which review you’d like to see first and I’ll try to get to it tonight.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
Two Years, No Rain by Shawn Klomparens
Lottery by Patricia Wood
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog. It means a lot to me that you come by and read my silly thoughts. Oh, OH! And (excited!!!!!!!!!) I want to thank whoever was kind enough to nominate me for BBAW! Books on the Brain got nominated in 4 categories and I’m super grateful and excited to be included! THANK YOU!
Have a great week! And please think healthy thoughts for my incoming 7th grader!
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