Sorry about the long pause. I've been out of sorts, as have many around these parts.
The current king of "out of sortness" is A. He's been battling what the doctors think is a virus for about 10 days now which initially manifested itself as hives all over his legs and arms. Then they spread to his torso. Benedryll helped a bit. We went to the doctor and because he had a slight cough they gave him a z-pac. They also tested for mono and strep which both came back negative. That night after the first two antibiotics, the hives spread all over his body and his hands swelled. Benedryll didn't help at all. He was miserable and didn't sleep a wink. We went back in the next day and they decided to stop the z-pac and start him on pregnisone. This made the hives stop almost completely and he seemed a bit better. Then this past Saturday he started feeling worse and was complaining of body aches, nausea and fatigue. This morning I couldn't get him out of bed. Back to the doctor this morning, a flu and another strep test, and the further frustration of not knowing what's going on. He slept all day and I at least got him to eat some soup and drink water. He's currently rolling around on the couch after doing some homework and studying for the geography bee he's supposed to be participating in tomorrow (against his younger brother--hilarious). I hope he feels up to going to school in the morning. I'm hoping a good night's sleep will do the trick. Crossing my fingers.
I have been really out of sorts since Jeanne's birthday and it carried over into my birthday when I passed her in years on earth. That's just all sorts of wrong. I spent the weekend with M at a soccer tournament. I just wanted to be home with my boys.
My out of sorts has led to K being particularly out of sorts. We're in a funk and are both too tired and stressed to even try to bust out of it.
E committed to William and Mary last week which has been all kinds of awesome. How she let us know, and how the other members of our family dealt with the news has been all sorts of annoying. Yet again, something that should be a happy moment for our little (okay not so little) family gets tainted by everyone trying to "own" E and cross the line. In the long run, we're just happy to get to share our alma mater with her and watch her grow in such a cool place.
M...sweet lordie M...has been all kinds of difficult. I am dreading high school. Heck, I'm dreading this week.
D has been on another one of his eating strikes. I try not to fight him on it, but it's so frustrating. He's playing travel basketball now and I worry about him having enough energy.
L is our funny little guy. He's started texting his cousin W on my phone and the conversations are priceless. They love each other very much which warms my heart.
Work is...well work. If I could change one thing in my life, it would be taking a sabbatical from work, but that's not feasible financially, so I continue to try to balance it all and feeling pretty useless on all fronts.
I need to snap out of it. I don't want to repeat the Christmas Funk of 2012.
Fa, la, freaking la.