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Thursday, March 18, 2010
There are a lot of viruses going around our area right now. In our local preschool and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group alone, there have been children with RSV, stomach flu, strep, and various other cold viruses.
If Nolan gets sick, we won't be able to do his MRI on Tuesday. It could take months to get another MRI scheduled. If he can't do his MRI on Tuesday, then we'll have to put off the tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy/PE tubes (T&A). If we have to put off the T&A, then we'll have to push back Nolan's repeat sleep study to October or November.
To prevent illness, we are in voluntary isolation. We skipped the library story hour, filled with runny-nosed two year old children. We are not going to MOPS or to Nolan's preschool. I am letting Matt go to preschool, but the children at his preschool do not seem to be as ill (possibly because they are four years old and aren't as liable to slobber on things). We're even going to the park in off-hours, to avoid sick kids.
My attempt at keeping Nolan well seems futile, however. We were outside at our neighbor's house, when another neighbor girl came over. She's in her teens, and was tickling Nolan and playing "chase" with Matthew. Then I noticed that her left eye was crusty and fused shut. She was coughing into her elbow.
"Erm... if you are sick, please stay away from Nolan. He has a medical procedure on Tuesday and he can't get sick," I explained to the girl.
"Oh, I'm not really sick. My brother just has a really contagious cold."
This, dear people, proves that teenagers have brains which do not function on all cylinders.
I scooped up Nolan and headed home. So far, so good (no runny nose yet)... I am fervently praying that Nolan avoids the "really contagious cold."