The honeymoon is over in the new town, too, as you have had a few genuinely unpleasant experiences. Like the very visible tantrum in the YMCA for which you had to drop the girls back off in the childcare and march number one son to the Family Restroom for painfully obvious reasons. Or the time you drove 9/10 of the way to Baltimore to pick up Craig's prescriptions, decided to go the rest of the way to pick up some Caribou Coffee, and spent $22 in tolls getting lost and finding out that your favorite beans are 20 feet away but you can't get any because it would be murder/suicide to park and get out with three kids on this particular block of the dirtiest, nastiest, most crowded city you've ever been to (and you're from California).
Old friends have stopped sending housewarming presents and touching little how-are-you-doing notes and your new friendships are still too shallow to risk a get-it-off-my-chest gripe conversation. So in the middle of all the newness you're tired and kind of lonely.
No, it was actually Birthday Boy who's been coughing this week. We even cancelled his playdate on Friday to make sure we weren't a contagious household.
It helped, to a point. Mommy had the high fever, the cough, and a houseful of people to take care of. I finally broke down and saw a doctor today when I finished my large bottle of Mucinex severe cough and cold and could only wear a sports bra because my chest hurt so badly. The diagnosis: sinus infection and bronchitis. The prescription:
1. Antibiotics for the infection.
2. Prednisone for the inflammation.
Doctor: It may make you feel like you have a lot of energy. Take Benadryl if you need to fall asleep.
Mommy: Lots of energy? Bring it on! You'd be appalled at the hours of television my kids have watched this week. I am! And don't worry about me falling asleep. I spent twelve hours in bed last night. Before that the Cats made it to the final four but I only saw seventeen seconds of it (actual seconds, not seconds of regulation play) because I was chasing two well kids and one only mildly sick kid up and down the stairs....
3. An inhaler for the airway narrowing.
Mommy: Bwaaaaahaaahhaaaahaaaaaaah! That's a good one! Please don't tell me another, though. It hurts too much to cough!