4:45 PM Drag myself into shower – first one in three days!
5:30 PM Husband arrives home from second full day of skiing
6:00 PM Should be leaving to chaperone dinner/dance at my school, but I am still trying to wedge something “Prom-ish” onto my OVERWEIGHT body
6:20 PM Leave for dance. Fight with Chris the entire trip over something like “why don’t we ever plan ahead for things? or my version “Why the hell do you always forget things like this?”
6:50 PM Arrive at dance only 20 minutes late. Notice that there is too much cleavage in the room.
9:40 PM Leave dance completely exhausted. Fight with Chris the entire trip over something like “why didn’t you tell me immediately that your dad said Ella was having difficulty breathing when you called an hour ago?”
10:10 PM Arrive home to find Ella’s breathing very labored.
10:15 PM Call pediatrician’s office – given advice and told to call back at midnight. Give Ella inhaler and change her wet pants that grandpa forgot to change before bedtime.
11:00 PM Set alarm for 12:00 AM – don’t fall asleep till 11:40 PM
12:00 AM Alarm rings. Call pediatrician back. She listens to Ella’s breathing over the phone and tells me to call her back in 30 minutes. Give Ella inhaler and change her into a t-shirt from her footie jammies. Her fever is so high that she’s soaking wet.
12:35 AM Call pediatrician. She tells me to let her sleep, but that she is very worried about her. Thinks she may have influenza, pneumonia or RSV. Tells me to give Ella two more inhaler treatments and to go to the children’s hospital at 7:00 AM.
3:00 AM Ask husband to give Ella inhaler. He does.
5:00 AM Give Ella another inhaler treatment.
7:00 AM As if they knew, both kids awaken. Get them dressed, load in car seats and head to hospital (with a stop on the way for Ella’s favorite sprinkle donut)
7:55 AM Arrive in ER.
8:00 AM Realize that the co-pay is 100 bucks (there goes my hair cut and highlight for another month or so)
9:15 AM Administer nebulizer treatment to Ella after Chris and Harrison leave to go check on stepson and father in law. Listen to Ella scream hysterically for first 30 minutes of the 60 minute treatment.
10:15 AM Treatment is over. Ella has stopped shaking and crying and asks to go potty.
10:16 AM Ella throws up in hallway.
11:50 AM Doctor returns to assess Ella’s breathing. Thinks she probably has RSV or a bad flu.
12:40 PM Receive final instructions and are able to leave.
1:00 PM Chris leaves with stepson to go have one-on-one time.
2:19 PM Harrison and Ella each have tantrum number 50 million.
2:20 PM Carol has mental and physical melt down.
5:15 PM Chris’ entire family starts to arrive for another dinner at our house.
9:30 PM Carol retreats to bedroom and prays she never has a three day weekend like this again.