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Tick Tock Tick Tock March 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — mitchelllamamama @ 11:58 am

That isn’t really the sound I’m hearing, but I’m imagining it as the background.  What I really hear is the whoosh gurgle whoosh of the return pipe running through the tank. 


Time has a certain stretchiness when someone close to you is very ill.  Like you are now living inside a Salvador Dali painting.  Usually this phenomenon occurs in the hospital.  Once you’re inside for more than a few hours, all perspective gets warped.  An hour can be three days, three days can be an hour.  


I’ve discovered this oddity can occur at home, too, if someone is sick enough.  I’m sure some of it has to do with the lack of sleep.  You’re up late into the night watching, listening, waiting.  And then up before the sun to watch, listen, and wait some more.  During the day when others are going about their lives, you’re watching your sickie sleep, monitoring breathing and temperature changes.  Occasionally some Pink Floyd starts playing in your mental soundtrack, “Ticking away, the moments that make up a dull day…”  


Needless to say, the girl is still quite ill.  So far we’ve avoided the hospital, but we were back at the doctor’s office yesterday.  Actually, we saw a different ped yesterday, ours wasn’t on call.  Mama got some clearer guidelines on going to the ER.  I’m trying desperately to avoid the ER, can you tell?


Her fever has yet to break.  It goes lower, it goes higher, but today is 5 straight days.  😦  


The boys and Papa are at the middle guy’s Kendo tournament now.  These tournaments are long, can be quite boring, and the stench of adolescent and grown man sweat can be overwhelming, but still, it’s a big day for my boy and I can’t be there.  Tomorrow is the performance of the musical he’s been rehearsing for the past 6 months, I must figure out how to get to see it.  Obviously, I can’t take the girl, but, but, but.


4 Responses to “Tick Tock Tick Tock”

  1. CasaDe Says:

    Waiting with you for the girl to be well again, and praying that it’s soon. 😦

  2. cmscribbles Says:

    I just want to know how you can have so much upheaval and exhaustion going on and yet you are still able to compose your thoughts in print so well ???

    Sorry the girl is so very ill still 😦

    Hope the boys and Papa had a good time at the Kendo tournament–sorry you missed out on it. Hoping the stories they can tell you will help you feel like you were in on the experience.

    Thinking of the boy’s performance on Monday 🙂

    sorry that you are feeling torn and can’t be in all places at one time.

  3. Philly Mom Says:

    Thinking of you and the girl… Prayers and hugs!!

  4. shoesan Says:

    Thinking of you and the girl… sending prayers and hugs also.

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