Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Oh the Irony

Last week I felt devoid of interaction.  It had been two weeks since I had complete access to the internet and my brain was degenerating from lack of use.

This week, my computer arrived.  Joy of joys!

Except, the endless time I had before--due to Ben's studying schedule and the kid's early bedtime--has dissipated quickly.  Poor baby Andrew has not stopped crying since 6 am Monday morning.  I thought it was his teeth, but upon further inspection it turned out to be something more sinister : hand, foot, and mouth disease.  Since there is nothing a doctor can do, Andy just has to wait it out.  Gah!

{On an unrelated note, how does he get these things?  I keep our place pretty spotless AND wash his hands, face, and anything he eats off of frequently!  I feel like the worst mom.}

I think this kid has had more strange viruses than anyone I know.  Like the rectal strep he concocted alongside RSV a year ago, and then, a few months later, the weird sores that appeared in the back of his mouth from another rare virus.  What makes things more difficult is he doesn't develop normal symptoms, like a fever or fatigue.  As Ben says, he's inherited my broken prosteoglandin pathway (I don't know what that is either) as well as my sh***y immune system.

Anyway, I have my computer but no time to write so my brain is still going haywire from all the ideas sprouting.  If only it would veg like the rest of my body feels like doing all the time.

At least I've had one positive from this experience: a painful reminder of those newborn days.  I think I might be done with having babies.

{Please note the sarcastic and/or sardonic undertones.}


  1. You can't keep germs from kids. They'll get anything at school or church, a playground or library. No matter how well you wash up. It's not all bad either. I've read theories that some kids who ate dirt were more immune to polio.

    My little one woke often last night and started our day at five. Brain= mush. And fear, terrible fear of no sleep.

  2. Yes! No sleep! I am actually doing well, all things considering. I think it's the adrenaline. It goes until afternoon. : )

  3. I hate irony like that.... My life is full of it these days, and yet, I have no time (or energy) to write about it.
    Hope Andrew feels better soon, and you're able to get some sleep.

  4. Ugh! That stuff was going around in M.'s pre-k class last year. Wishing you sleep and some peace!

  5. One of my sons has contracted the oddest things. Weird rashes that require weird ointments, loss of blood supply in his foot causing "mystery pain" that I often dismissed as him trying to get out of soccer practice (totally feel like crap on that one), etc...

    Get those thoughts in order and congrats on the arrival of your computer!

  6. Amber, I clicked over here after reading your thoughtful comment on my blog, and I'm so glad I did. I just have to say that I can empathize 100% with the challenge of a spouse in medical school/residency and having young kids. It often feels akin to single parenting, except with extra laundry. My husband is in year 5 of residency, so we're going on 9 years of this craziness, 7 of which have included the joys of parenthood. Hang in there. I promise it gets easier (or at least less demanding) on both fronts--med school and parenting.
    Glad I found you. I'll be back. :-)

  7. Amber, I can completely relate to what you and Ben are going through. My husband was in residency when my daughter was born and I remember so many sleepless nights where I looked at her and she looked at me and we both wondered how we were going to make it through the next day. Husband was on call at the hospital. . . wishing you some peace and sleep my friend.

  8. "It had been two weeks since I had complete access to the internet and my brain was degenerating from lack of use."

    I think it is incredibly sad that you feel you need the internet to exercise your brain.
    The world could probably use your quote above to explain the massive shortcomings of the rising generations. - Above average intelligence, but hampered by self opinion that is way too high. Couple that with no capacity for true hard work and things look fairly bleak.

  9. I wonder why people, like you, stumble on a blog and post a comment that is so hurtful as well as unfounded. If you knew me perhaps you could have said something significant and important. As it stands, I will put you in the class of "troll" until you can show me otherwise.

    Of course, I easily forgive. So if you would like to say something that relates to the topic, in a respectful manner, please come back. Disagree by all means! Disagreements are going to happen and provide a vehicle for conversations. Just don't click on one post and assume you know me.


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