Thursday, February 26, 2009

Conjunction junction... what's your function...

The past few days have been a little crazy around the Spaz household. It all started Friday when I got the call from the school nurse at Bug's school. Don't you just love it when you see that number come up on your caller ID? Oh... you mean, you don't have your child's school nurse's number memorized? That must just be me.

Mrs. Spaz? This is the school nurse at Bug's school calling. You'll need to come pick Bug up as soon as possible. I think he may have pink eye.

Pardon me while I have a little heart attack.


Pink eye, officially called conjunctivitis, is incredibly contagious and there's really nothing much that can be done for it other than to wait it out. So I immediately began to freak out that the other two kids, or worse yet The Man or I, would get it.

See, I've had my own run in with the conjunction junction back in college when I wore contacts. Evidently you're not supposed to sleep in your disposable contacts for three weeks straight while living in smokey environments. Who knew?

So I drive to Bug's school and talk to the nurse who tells me that Bug will not be allowed back to class until he has a doctor's note. Great.

So I call the doctor who tells me they'll try to fit him in. Now, this is the doctor's office that we commonly wait over an hour in the waiting room for when we have an appointment. Since I have somewhat of a life and two more children to take care of, I wasn't willing to give up the entire day sitting in the doctor's office. Instead I did something wonderful. I remembered that Walgreens has a clinic inside of it. Within 20 minutes of me picking up Bug from school, we were being seen by the nurse practitioner there and we had our doctor's note. And even better? Bug didn't have the funk in his eye. Evidently he had just gotten something in his eye which had since worked its way out. All was right with the world.

However, the nurse did let me know that his tonsils were a little enlarged and he had a very minor fever. So Bug came home with me.

The weekend passed uneventfully, all kids seemed healthy and nothing notable really occurred.

And then Monday came.

Stay tuned to Domestic Spaz for more...

PS - My beautiful and insightful sister, B2, has succumbed to the lure of the blogosphere. I can't tell you how tickled I am over it. :)
PSS - this post was in no way endorsed by Walgreens. Really, it was just that awesome.


Jenny said...[Reply to comment]

We did the Walgreens NP thing when we started working on the house and wanted tetanus shots without the ordeal (and wait for an available appointment) of physicals to be allowed to see a new doctor.

mah-meeee said...[Reply to comment]

oh... i don't think our walgreens here have a clinic in it... but it's worth checking. that'll be a great backup when the doctor's office is just too busy.

thanks and yay that bug is pink-eye-free!

B2 said...[Reply to comment]

You are so cute. I'm so glad that the mad scientist doesn't have the crud and that the rest of the team is safe. Thanks for plugging my slightly lame blog. You're the best -- I love you!