Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Alliterative Suffering

#1 Son is mostly over his illness.

He has passed it to his siblings.  And to think, when he was very little, he really didn't like to share.

Right now i have 3 young people in the house who can do nothing but sniffle, sneeze, snort, and sigh despondently about how much they hate that their brother gave them this.  Their suffering is very alliterative, no?

The girls are especially upset, as it is #2 Son who spend so much time at #1 Son's house that he brought this creeping crud home to them.

The medicine cabinet is now full of acetaminophen, guaifenesin, ibuprofen, dextromethorphan, and the biggest bag of sore throat/cough drops with menthol the pharmacy had.  They all attack the medicine cabinet every few hours, and someone is hoarding the paper towels.

Only comfort foods are being consumed right now, and they keep asking for candy.  It's as if they are all 5-years-old again.

So i have been dispensing dosing advice and making soup in between treating kittens for various things and feeding the lot of them, and they can eat a good bit.

A couple of the kittens are now sneezing, too, and one is so stuffy he won't eat, so i'm using saline drops to try to get them to sneeze it all out and get over it.  It's not fun having to force feed a kitten whose nose is so stuffy he doesn't want to suck on the bottle.  It's not fun having to give fluids by needle, either, but i do that as well.  If you can keep them alive until the nose unstuffs, they go back to eating and do just fine.

The good thing is, it can't all last forever.  They have to get well sometime, and i just hope it's before i end up sick -- driven to insanity type of sick, of course.  Moms aren't allowed to get any other kind.

Today is:

Ear Wig Fitting Day -- Fairy Calendar

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 8, Human Rights (sponsored by We, the World)

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally -- Ruidoso, NM, US (trade show, bike shows, riding tours, skills event, stunt show, parade, and fun; through Sunday)

Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day -- they are generally anonymous, often underappreciated, so today, give one a hug! (if you know any, that is)

Independence Day -- Chile

Indra Jatra -- Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (municipal day off for the festival)

National Cheeseburger Day

National Guitar Flat-Picking Championships and Walnut Valley Festival -- Winfield, KS, US (through Sunday)

National Respect! Day(sm) -- US (encouraging abused women to respect themselves enough to get out)

National School Backpack Awareness Day 2013 -- US (or anywhere else that you want to weigh your child's backpack on the 3rd Wednesday of September, to make sure it's not heavy enough to hurt them)

Plataia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

St. Joseph of Cupertino's Day (Levitating saint, and so Patron of air crews, air travelers, astronauts, paratroopers, pilots/aviators, students, test takers; Cupertino, Italy)

Sukkot -- Judaism (begins at sundown, through sundown the 25th)

World Water Monitoring Day -- International

Anniversaries Today:

Hull House opens, 1889
Constantine II of Greece marries Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, 1964

Birthdays Today:

Lance Armstrong, 1971
James Gandolfini, 1961
Ryne Sandberg, 1959
Frankie Avalon, 1939
Robert Blake, 1933
June Foray, 1920
Jack Warden, 1920
Greta Garbo, 1905
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, 1905
Samuel Johnson, 1709
Marcus Ulpius Nerva Trajanus, Emperor Trajan, 53

Today in History:

Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th and final voyage, 1502
Ft. Ticonderoga, NY opens, 1755
The British capture Quebec City, 1759
John Harris builds the first spinet piano in the US, 1769
President Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol Building, 1793
Royal Opera House in London opens, 1809
A horse beats the first US made locomotive, near Baltimore, 1830
Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City; the store is called a "stationery and fancy goods emporium", 1837
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is first published, 1842
First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becomes The New York Times, 1851
Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition to Yellowstone, 1870
The banking firm of Jay Cooke & Co. in Philadelphia declares bankruptcy, which starts the Panic of 1873 and a severe economic depression, 1873
The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time, 1879
Riots break out in Montreal to protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination, 1885
In appreciation for all she had done for the tribe, Harriet Maxwell Converse, adopted as a member of the Seneca tribe, is made a chief of the Six Nations Tribe at the Tonawanda Reservation, 1891
Daniel David Palmer gives the first chiropractic adjustment, 1895
A typhoon with tsunami kills an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong, 1906
The Irish Home Rule Act becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I, 1914
The Netherlands gives women the right to vote, 1919
The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air, 1927
Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro crossing of the English Channel, 1928
Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate without completing another senator's term, 1948
Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations, 1960
U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in a plane crash, 1961
Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda and Trinidad and Tobago are admitted to the United Nations, 1962
The Bahamas, East Germany and West Germany are admitted to the United Nations, 1973
Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, killing 5,000 people, 1974
Voyager I takes first photograph of the Earth and the Moon together, 1977
Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (including 1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station, 1980
Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic, 1984
Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations, 1990
ICANN is formed, 1998
The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast, 2009



  2. I think I'll go make some chicken soup now. I wish I could send some to you. Stay healthy.

  3. And if you get sick you can't stop caring for everyone else. I can so remember. I hope everyone gets well soon.

    Have a blessed day among all the sickness. ☺

  4. Go to your room, lock the door and pretend you've emigrated until they are better. What do you mean, your room has no lock on the door??
    OK, as an alternative just use the plant water spray on anyone who comes within six feet of you.
    Hope they are all better soon and that you don't come down with it.

    1. P.S. Meant to say- I'm mentioning your blog on my blog posting today. May it bring you some new admirers - you deserve them.

  5. Oh NO! A house full of sickos (I say that with love, of course) will wear a momma down. I hope the kids get well soon, and afterwards, you are flown off to a Caribbean vacation retreat to recover from your nursing duties.
    (kitten sneezes are so darn cute)

  6. hoo boyo I remember those days and I only had two kids! My deepest sympathies! Hope all get well before you get it! Cheers!