Tuesday, February 28, 2006


We are currently in the midst of day 5 of what shall be known as "Monkey's First Stomach Virus." Needless to say, between the pediatrician visits, the clinic check ups, and the unscheduled trip to the emergency room, it has been an absolutely exhausting few days.

A well meaning soul (you know who you are) called to chat the other day, and after I debriefed him on the state of affairs, he asked, "So what else have you been up to?" At that point, I had to laugh.

What else have I been up to? Hmmm..

Changing poopie diapers 10 to 12 times a day - check.

Trying to coax a dehydrated monkey to drink something, anything...for the love of God, drink something!!! 15 - 20 times a day - check.

Doing multiple loads of barfed on laundry, including my own, every day - check.

Bathing the monkey - check.

Bathing myself...working on it, but pretty much, yes.

Calling one or more doctors every day with more illness related questions- check.

Shopping for the limited food Monkey can tolerate right now, preparing it,and frantically worrying whether he will manage to keep it down - check.

Accompanying monkey to doctor visits, sitting beside him in the E.R, and holding his hand while he was rehydrated, examined, and inserted with an IV line - yep, got that covered.

Endless rounds of Old McDonald in the waiting room at the hospital for clinic - check.

Obsessively cleaning every inch of the house to destroy whatever virus caused this calamity - check.

Trying not to strangle our attention deprived dog - check.

Laying awake at night praying that the little one makes it through this experience unscathed...check.

The bright side of the situation is that we have been repeatedly assured that this illness is common enough for the little monkeys, even those who haven't experienced a heart transplant. In other words, "it's perfectly normal." Those are good words, reassuring words, and words that remind me to embrace normality, even when it's yucky and exhausting. Absent serious complications, the monkey should be able to sail through this in the next few days and be back to his laffy-daffy self eventually. Whether Jeff and I will recover is debateable, but we're both trying to keep sane. And that's about all we can do.

And that my friends, is what we've been up to. That's the reason why I haven't posted in awhile, and the reason why the old monkey has been staying home from work.

Oh yeah, I think we also managed to get the little monkey's best friend, David sick in the process. Sorry dude.
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