Both my kids have strep throat. Again.
When Cate woke up from her nap this afternoon, she told me her eyes and throat hurt. “My eyes hurt” is code for she has a fever. And the throat, well, I figured third time was a charm, so to speak, because the other two times she had strep she didn’t actually have a sore throat.
I debated for about 20 minutes about whether I should call the doctor. It was already after 3 p.m., so I felt like my chances were slim for even being able to get in to see anyone. But then I thought about how we’re supposed to get 2-4 inches of snow tonight (It’s currently snowing now … and it seems to be sticking!) and our pediatrician’s office is closed on Thursdays. So, I called. And they told me to come up as soon as I could and a nurse would test her for strep.
So we were sitting in the waiting room about 20 minutes later, and after waiting an hour because the nurse I talked to apparently hadn’t told anyone else we were coming, both of my kids tested positive for strep. Funny thing about Ben: While the nurse was weighing Cate and taking her temperature (which was 101 degrees, if you’re interested), another nurse walked by and asked if Ben was sick. I said I wouldn’t be surprised if they both had strep, you know, considering history. And she said it looked like he had a fever. Nothing like a comment like that to make a mom feel unobservant. Anyway, he did have a fever (99 degrees).
Once Cate’s fever broke after a dose of Motrin, she seemed normal. Ben has seemed normal the whole time. Strep throat is a crazy sickness that seems to like my kids but doesn’t keep them down long, thankfully.
Looks like we’ll have multiple excuses to stay inside all day tomorrow. I don’t really want to be outside in the snow, but the idea of being “snowed in” is growing on me. I only have six eggs, though, so hopefully it won’t last long. But at least I’m all set with two bottles of antibiotics for my kids.