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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Quick update for the loyal readers

Hello, faithful few! Sorry that blogging's been so light lately -- here's the scoop on what's going on in Darwin-land.

Darwin is still in Los Angeles with his father, though scheduled to fly home on Christmas. His father is extremely weak and tired and worsening every day, but was able to enjoy a mass said at home yesterday by an old friend who is a Dominican priest. Nobody knows the day or the hour, but hours seem more likely than days. (Of course, we've been saying that for two weeks now.)

Back on the ranch, the monkeys have come down with something that involves a recurring high fever, the persistent runny nose, and cough. After a week of fevers that came down quickly with Tylenol, and Mommy putting off a trip to the doctor's office, they decided to show me up yesterday while staying with friends by becoming lethargic and feverish again -- this while I was at the midwife's. The midwife tells me that my blood pressure is looking a bit too high, and that can be a result of stress and not getting enough rest. She prescribes TWO HOURS a day of laying down. How on earth? Anyway, the girls are going to the doctor this very morning (after a night of Babs running a fever that wouldn't come down until this morning) and if they're prescribed something that makes them sleepy, then I'll get my rest. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: The culprit turns out to be the basic ear infection, so the girls are on antibiotics for the first time. Poor things are zonked, but I guess this is how I get that two hours of prescribed rest.


CincyDarwin said...

Hang in there, MrsDarwin. Before you know it, you'll be getting all the rest you need, and the girls will be driving off with their friends. This too shall pass. Much peace to you.

Anonymous said...

Why can't the girls get sick when we're there to help you? They don't time their sickness well, that's for sure.

mrsdarwin said...

Dude, if they're still sick next week, guess who's doing all the work? You, baby!

Rick Lugari said...

Parent's helper tip #52:

A double dose of Benedryl will help most kids become sleepy enough to overcome their misery and rest well. The caveat is that there's always that "1 in 7" kid who actually gets wired from the stuff. Good luck.

Julie D. said...

You poor things. Prayers to all. It looks as if you've already had all the good advice you need.

alicia said...

Benadryl is diphenhydramine, ask your doctor what the proper dose would be. It will also help dry out the nasal passages and help with the ear infection that way as well - and it is somewhat sedative for most kids.
I wouldn't have survived 3 kids with simultaneous chickenpox without it.

John Farrell said...

Best wishes and prayers to you both and the family. Get well soon!