Hello mathematicians! It has been a long week for us as Arthur and I have been sick the past week. While being sick is difficult enough, taking care a sick child is much more difficult. As such, our normal schedule has been thrown off drastically. In particular, you may have noticed that we missed this past Tuesdays At the Park. However, due to having Friday off of work, we were able to get out and play at the park Friday instead, which we have a video for below.
A Nasty Cold
As we noted in First Day of Preschool, Arthur has, for the first time, been going to preschool and spending time with other students. One predictable outcome of this is that he has gotten sick. This is actually the second time he has gotten sick since he started preschool.
This time, we noticed Arthur coughing and getting upset starting last Wednesday, Arthur began to coughing and got really upset. We then checked his temperature and saw that he had a fever. From here, we began the usual, trying to get him to sleep, giving him plenty of liquids and easy to digest foods, and children’s medicine as needed.
Within a day, I was also sick, but the process stayed the same. It took some time, but, by this Wednesday, he seemed to have gotten better. He still had a cough and a running nose, but the fever was gone and he was back to his normal happy self.
Friday came along, and it happened to be reading days (a day for students to catch up on studying). With the day off, I wanted to spend the day at the park with Arthur. I had also improved, but, after a week of given lectures while sick, my voice has become extremely hoarse. Despite my optimism, Paula was still concerned about the lingering cough and runny nose, so she called the doctor.
Paula made an appointment for the afternoon. Since Arthur seemed ok, we decided to head out to the park, then go to the doctor. If you’d like to see how the park visit went, please watch the video below.
After being able to expend some energy and have some fun, we headed to the doctor’s office. When we got there, Arthur was not happy. He definitely knew that the doctor’s office meant some type of poking and prodding. He didn’t want any part of that. However, he didn’t really have much of a choice. We were able to calm him down at least by looking at the fish tank in the office.
He didn’t have a fever at the time we brought him in, but they went through and gave him a look over. As such, they found that he did indeed have an ear infection. It hadn’t gotten that bad yet, but it was still clearly there. At this point, Paula gave me a, “I told you so,” look because I hadn’t thought he needed to go to the doctor at all. I was just glad we caught it, so that he could get treated.
After this, the doctor gave him a prescription for amoxicillin, which we filled and started giving to him. At the moment, he still has a cough and a runny nose, but I hope that he will be back to normal very soon. Mostly, I really hope we are all healed before Teddy decides that he wants to be born and come home. Trying to take care of a newborn and a sick toddler sounds like it would be terrible.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my week and letting me share. I hope you enjoyed the park video and found the story interesting. If you have any advice for taking care of sick children, any questions for me, or want to share your own story, please leave a comment below. I’m always happy to hear your take on my stories. Also, be sure to like the park video and subscribe to our YouTube channel.