Sunday, February 1, 2009

Doctor, doctor, I feel sick!


We've been dealing with a wicked round of I-don't-know-what-the-heck-you-have with the Iggster. Something like a cold that won't die. Day ten of wicked coughing jags -sometimes until you gag, 100-101 temp that just won't let go, meals consist of "I'll have a glass of something to drink, maybe" - and then only drinking half...we're kind of at "do we take him in to the doctor?" A look on the bright side says that we have health insurance (a big deal these days!), so a co-pay to find out if he's nearing the deathbed isn't too terribly destructive. But I just can't get past the running-to-the-doctor-for-every-little-thing mentality that so many people have and I don't want to be a part of. Then again, I know that since we have taken up residence in the Basement By The Creek (code: renting a portion of parents house) the kids have not made any treks to the doctor. And 17 months without a doctor call is pretty slick, I guess. I just fear that diagnosis of "um...well its probably viral. Thanks for the $25." Boo. Hiss. Grrr.

What amuses me is that all of this comes on the heels of our human body unit. Its lovely to know that in between coughs, Iggy can tell me the Clone Troopers (white blood cells) are working hard to defend his body against the Evil Sith/Dark Side. In any event, I guess if you have to be sick, a great time to do it is just after you learned about why it happens! Perfect example of learning through real life.

Alas, tomorrow we have a doctor's appt. (Grr.) I'll try to look chipper and soccer mommish when the nice doctor asks Iggy how school is going ("Um, I'm homeschooled. It rocks!") and if he's current on vaccinations ("My mom says if someone else wants to get shots, that's cool, but its just not for us.") After all, if Iggy does all the talking during the appointment, it will be far more entertaining. For everyone.

4 comments:

Jennifer said...

Hope he's feeling better soon. I saw on the news that whooping cough was going around???? Is it like that?
Healthy vibes coming your way :o)

Amy said...

He's apparently not coughing ENOUGH for it to be whooping cough. His coughing jags last about 10-15 seconds, as opposed to two minutes or some ridiculous thing like that for whooping cough. He's looking and acting much better today, though. Of course...because we made that doctor's appointment, right? :)

Sadie said...

I stay away from the docs as much as possible....I mean why make an appt when they have a fever for an hour?? I always kick myself when I do make an appt....say after 103 fevers for a week....and yes, they always say "It's viral" and he's better within an hour. Last time we went was for headaches....and a fever/total body ache that ONLY came at the height of the headache (think migraine)that was viral too....I've never heard of viral headaches...

I hope your little one gets better. I have one with a stomach bug right now and waiting for the others to catch it...

Sarah said...

Glad to hear that it's not something too serious though. We haven't willingly went the doctor in ages and after this book I just read, The Vaccination Safety Manual, I may never trust a doctor of pharmacist again! Good for you for sticking to your guns!