His tonsils were a splendid swollen sight, his uvula huge and longer than usual.
Tonsillitis, most likely, i said. Or strep or similar.
"Great!" he said. "That means I have to get to the doctor, and I'm leaving town for another work assignment in a couple of days."
He did get to the doctor, who said, "Tonsillitis!" and put him on an antibiotic.
Thinking it over later, i now wonder.
A couple of days later, Bigger Girl came in and said, "Mom, is my throat red and swollen?"
Of course it was.
Want me to make an appointment with Dr. Rey? i asked, referring to the GP who has become the mainstay of our doctor visits since the kids got old enough to not really want to see the pediatrician.
"No, I'm going to go to the mini-ER, it's Friday afternoon and I need to get it looked at before I go in to work this evening," she said.
Her diagnosis was pharyngitis, and the mini-ER doctor put her on a steroid.
Saturday, right on cue, #2 Son came in and asked about his own sore throat, with one tonsil swollen and the back of his throat looking like it was spreading. A text to Dr. Rey confirmed that the first thing to do was gargle with warm salt water a lot and keep an eye on it.
By Tuesday, #2 Son was worse, feeling tired and his lymph nodes were swelling, and went off to the doctor.
Diagnosis: Pharyngitis. Probable cause: Mono.
We are waiting for test results to confirm, but he's on a steroid, too, because there's nothing else you can do for mono.
Everyone is avoiding too close contact with him, and we are hoping it doesn't turn out Bigger Girl has it too (unlikely, considering she's getting better and had no fatigue or other symptoms).
We also have to wonder about Friend Chris. If he comes back from his out of town work complaining of being tired and isn't over the tonsillitis, we may know where it all started.
Meanwhile, trying to be a wit about it, someone here who shall remain nameless said, "At least it's only one thing wrong -- that's why they call it 'mono'!"
Let's hope it's only the one patient, too.
Awkward Moments Day -- harness the power of humor in life's more uncomfortable situations
Asklepieia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Asklepios; date approximate)
Bindus Diena -- Ancient Latvain Calendar (believed to be the day bears woke from hibernation)
Birthday of Sparky the Fire Dog -- can't confirm the exact date, but Sparky became an official fire prevention mascot in Mar. 1951
Celtic Tree Month Fearn (Alder) begins
Cheikh Al Maarouf Day -- Comoros
Dietician's Day -- Canada
Electric Razor Day -- Schick, Inc., marketed the first one today in 1931
Forgive Mom and Dad Day -- because we all make mistakes; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Goddess of Fertility Day -- a modern celebration of all goddesses of fertility
Grandparents' and Grandchildren's Day -- Michigan, US
Jacques de Molay's Day -- death anniversary of the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar
Kids Kick Butts Day -- Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids www.tobaccofreekids.org and www.kickbuttsday.org/
Men's and Soldiers Day -- Mongolia
National Agriculture Day -- US ( agday.org if you eat, thank a farmer!)
National Anthem and Flag Day -- Aruba
National Biodiesel Day -- birth anniversary of Rudolph Diesel, who unveiled his engine at the World Fair in 1900
National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
Oide Matsuri -- Hakui, Japan (horse-back archery; through the 23rd)
Sheelah's Day -- Ireland (probably Sheela Na Gig, goddess of fertility; celebrated the day after St. Patrick's Day by those who say she was either his wife or his mother)
Sheep and Goats (Separation) Day -- Fairy Calendar
St. Anselm of Lucca's Day (Patron of Mantua, Italy)
St. Edward the Martyr's Day
Supreme Sacrifice Day -- an internet generated holiday now used to honor those who have made a supreme sacrifice, all who have given their lives for others
Usajingu Reitaisai -- Japan (offerings to the Kami from the Imperial Household are shared in this very important festival)
Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell, 1993
Alexei Yagudin, 1980
Dane Cook, 1972
Queen Latifah, 1970
Bonnie Blair, 1964
Vanessa Williams, 1963
Irene Cara, 1959
Brad Dourif, 1950
Kevin Dobson, 1944
Wilson Pickett, 1941
Charlie Pride, 1938
Sashi Kapoor, 1938
F.W. deKlerk, 1936
John Updike, 1932
George Plimpton, 1927
John Kander, 1927
Peter Graves, 1926
William H. Johnson, 1901
Edward Everett Horton, 1886
Rudolph Diesel, 1858
Grover Cleveland, 1837
John Caldwell Calhoun, 1782
"Do I Hear a Waltz?"(Musical), 1965
"Tales of Wells Fargo"(TV), 1957
The New Babylon(Silent Film), 1929
"Verklarte Nacht"(Schonberg, Op. 4), 1902
Today in History:
Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St Edmonds England, 1190
German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem, 1229
Kraków is ravaged by Mongols, 1241
According to legend, Tenochtitlan is founded on this date, 1325
John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton sells his part of New Jersey to the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, 1673
Henry Wells and William Fargo form American Express in Buffalo, NY, 1850
Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada, 1893
Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience (he served only 2 years), 1922
The first public celebration of Bat mitzvah, for the daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, is held in New York City, 1922
The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern US states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people, 1925
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes, 1944
Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space, 1965
The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency, 1968
In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops, 1989
White South Africans vote overwhelmingly in favour, in a national referendum, to end the racist policy of Apartheid, 1992
Bosnia's Bosniaks and Croats sign the Washington Agreement, ending warring between the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1994
British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language, 2003
For the first time, a woman served as imam, leading a public, mixed-gender, Muslim congregation in Jum'ah prayer and delivering the sermon, 2005