I know that I am still in December with my posting but I wanted to share our day today.
My plan for the day (yeah, I know all you mamas and homeschooling mamas know where this is going):
Finish at 11:30 (my instruction not their work)
Head to Wal-Mart for groceries for the rest of the month
Home to finish school and naptimes and supper
Everyone was slow to get up. There was a missions conference that we attended on Monday and Tuesday night, so they were late nights which made for late mornings. I anticipated that. However, as everyone was slowly getting up and we were eating breakfast, Ace told me his neck hurt. Ace is a bit dramatic over...well, everything. So, at first, I thought he might have slept wrong and had that funky slept wrong feeling. Nevertheless, I checked it out. The right side of his neck near his jawbone and up on to his jawbone was swollen and very tender to the touch.
At that moment, I knew all plans were gone as he had to go see a doctor. I can do snotty noses, fevers, weird rashes but swollen jaws were a new territory for me.
We finished up breakfast and headed to the doctor. Dr. B is off on Wednesdays but the oncall doc is just as good. She thoroughly checked him out and declared that it is most likely a clogged salivary gland. Yummy, no?! She described it as a bit of saliva getting hard and clogging up the gland. So, all the saliva is backing up causing irritation. There are no signs of it being infected but we have a prescription waiting should it start getting red streaks or he gets a fever.
Her prescription: Eat sour hard candies. No joke. He was actually told to eat sugary snacks. And now I have six children who are quite jealous. Apparently this is a rare phenomenan and the doctor had to actually write the diagnosis out. My kids are weird.
We did our grocery trip and then headed to an impromptu birthday lunch for a friend and then home for naps and to resume our "normal" schedule.
This wasn't an easy day and I was pretty bummed that our plans were changed and rearranged and now we have make up to do this week. I chose not to pout and complain (outwardly), though. I try to look at our "interruptions" as the Lord speaking to us. He gave us a little treat this day in that we got to have the unexpected lunch trip. We even scored a sweet deal on a bakery cake for our friend.
I always say life is never boring around here. Today totally proved that. Now on to research clogged salivary glands...