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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sick Child Madness


I feel like I’m neglecting my blog and my bloggin’ friends, but I have a baby and a sick teenager at home. If you recall from my weekend, I had to take Amber to the emergency room because of stomach pain. Well, she’s been home from school all this week and we still don’t know what’s wrong with her.

She’s had blood work and x-rays. Her x-rays of her stomach didn’t show anything and the majority of her blood work was normally, but there’s one test that we’re still waiting on. I’ve called the pediatrician’s office everyday this week and finally they told me to take her to a GI doctor; however, no one has available appointments today or they don’t take pediatric patients. So, I call the pediatrician back and leave a message for her doctor. And, so the waiting game continues.

I’ve been in touch with Amber’s teachers via email and requested work or projects that she can at least start on and try to complete if she’s up to it. She’s in the 11th grade and this is a very important year for her so she’s worried about getting behind.

I, on the other hand, am worn out. I hate to sound selfish, but four children are a lot of work and I haven’t been able to get anything done besides call doctors and take care of children along with trying to do the chores that Amber usually does along with my own housework. Tomorrow is my birthday and I made arrangements for the baby to go with the other children to daycare so I was going to have an entire free day to myself. (I’ve scheduled lunch with my husband – yes, we’re still separated but that’s another story – and planned on a movie or writing in the park.) Now, I may have a sick child at home. Of course she’s old enough to leave alone and not too sick to be on her own for awhile, but my mommy guilt would haunt me all day long.

So, if you don’t hear from me – here or on your blog – know that I’m busy taking care of children and trying to find a free moment for myself. Ahhh, the joys of motherhood.
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