At Least It’s Not Hoof and Mouth Disease

19 Sep
[A Post From Mommy]

Well, The Kid had her first “sick day” today…

We had a really lovely notice sent home with O last week telling us that there had been at least one case of the Coxsackie Virus, aka. Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease at her school.

Awesome. O had this when she was a baby. And though I find the name of it hilarious (it makes me think of Hoof and Mouth Disease– which is a separate disease spread among cattle and sheep), it was not a particularly hilarious experience when she had it. There was never-ending fever, sore throat, and the entire inside of her mouth was covered in sores. It’s possible to get sores on the hands and feet, too (hence the really creative name), but luckily she didn’t get those.  Trust me though, the mouth sores were torture enough.

So, when O started complaining about her throat last night– and then turned out to have a fever– I felt like an old nemesis had returned. If I were Jerry Seinfeld, Coxsackie would be my Newman.  I think I even shook my fist and heard the words, “Hoof and Mouth!” escape through my clenched teeth.

O went to bed fairly early without any problems, and all was well until around midnight. I was getting ready to go to bed myself when I heard some rustling sounds coming from her room– and a little voice muttering, “Oh No… No, no, NO.  I do not like this at all.” This was followed by the sound of her little feet hitting the floor, thumping down the hall, and then down the stairs. And then she peeked her head around the corner and said, “Oh Mommy, my throat is soooo spicy… and my head… it’s been shocked!”

I have to say, I’ve always admired her creative use of words when trying to describe physical sensations.  She definitely manages to convey what she’s feeling in a way you can understand.”Spicy” has always been one of my favorites. A “Shocked” head was new though, and at the time, I could only assume it was not a very pleasant type of head to have. I now know that was an extremely accurate description because I woke up this morning feeling like I was getting sick myself– and the particularly awful headache I currently have, does actually feel as though my head has been “shocked.”

Anyhow, to make a long story short– sarcastically speaking, last night was great fun and involved lots of pathetic-ness and even a little puking to keep things interesting. So far, I haven’t found any sores, so maybe we’ll get lucky, and this won’t turn out to be Coxsackie after all.  O woke up doing better. The fever is still going strong, but that hasn’t seemed to cramp her style very much. She’s been playing and drawing,  and– in general– having a pretty grand time of things on her very first “sick day.”

Os sick day

Although, a few minutes ago I was able to convince her to lay down and rest for a little bit, and now she’s completely passed out. I have to say, with this “shocked” head I have right now, I’m very tempted to join her.  I’m really hoping that tomorrow we’ll be able to report a full recovery by all parties, as well as Olive’s return to school– and that we have managed to escape the dreaded Coxsackie / Hand, Foot and Mouth outbreak. As of right now, all I can say is that, since we are not cows, we  at least know that it’s not Hoof and Mouth Disease.


2 Responses to “At Least It’s Not Hoof and Mouth Disease”

  1. theoriginallindapinda September 20, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    I’m sorry Olive and you are sick. But so glad it’s not hoof and mouth 🐴🐮!

  2. Uncle Ty, Aunt Leigh and Baby Clover September 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Feel better soon!

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