Hockey Boy was oh so happy that I snuck up and took his picture
Hockey Boy has been sick for over ten days.
Last Wednesday he awoke complaining of a sore throat and running a fever. I took him in to our pediatrician's office where he tested negative for both flu and strep. The doctor told us this was likely a virus that would take several days to run its course.
The following Tuesday Hockey Boy said his throat still hurt. I called and spoke to the nurse at the pediatrician's office who told me that these viruses could take a week to go away but to bring him in if he wasn't better by Thursday.
By the time Thursday rolled around, Hockey Boy was continuing to complain about his throat and his voice also sounded a little strange. I had run out of tolerance for all of his moaning and carrying on back on about Day 3 (he is one of the world's worst patients, with close to zero pain tolerance), so I took him back to the doctor. This time the pediatrician seemed a little more concerned about the way Hockey Boy's throat looked, and he arranged for us to see an ENT.
The ENT diagnosed Hockey Boy with an abscess behind one of his tonsils. He said this was a terribly painful condition and prescribed painkillers as well as a strong course of antibiotics. The ENT gave us his personal cell phone number telling me that it was possible Hockey Boy might have to have an emergency tonsillectomy over the weekend!
Hockey Boy seems to be doing better, though I'm not sure how we're supposed to tell when he's taking painkillers. I, on the other hand, have further dimmed my chances of ever being Mother of the Year by receiving a zero in the sympathetic heart category.
We go back to the ENT first thing in the morning to determine whether the antibiotics are effective enough or if we should go ahead and remove Hockey Boy's tonsils. I obviously hope for the former case, though caring for Hockey Boy after surgery would certainly be apt penance for me.
Married for 27 years to Robert, three kids: Will (23), Vivian (20) and Dots (17) ~~~~
Majored in mathematics at SMU, taught elementary school for six years before Will was born, currently tutoring math ~~~~
Things I enjoy: playing duplicate bridge, working NY Times crossword puzzles, reading good books, entertaining, visiting with friends, planning trips, traveling, playing board games, spending time with family, cooking, keeping up with old friends ~~~ happy to correspond with other parents about raising a child with special needs
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