Again I have dropped off my blog radar…
Not because there was nothing to write, things happening and I simply had no chance to write about them.
It all started innocently enough with a cough DS #3 picked up. Just a little rattly type of cough that quickly grew worse. And worse…
So a week ago on Friday I felt very alarmed and dragged the poor kid to the Doctor. Since it was Friday and kind of late “our” Pediatrician was not there anymore. Instead we went to a young lady with delusions of English. She thought she could understand it. She can not. But at least she could speak it. I know, I know, a paradox here, but it is pretty common in Israel.
She looked at DS, listened to his chest and pronounced “a little bronchitis, do not worry”. I mentioned to her my concern about pertussis (whooping cough) since DS (like the rest of the kids) is not vaccinated. She said that she did not think so. Well… During Shabbos and Sunday things got progressively worse and other kids began to cough too. So Monday morning I dragged DS #3 and the baby back to the Doctor. Of course, I took some knitting along. I needed to un-knit a few rows on the almost ready baby sweater that was intended as a gift to our newest cousin.
Before we were called in I started my gentle un-knitting of the sweater. Very soon it was our turn. This time around we got to see “our” Doctor Ilia.
He is a sweetheart! And has lots of knitted dolls in his office – because his late MIL was a knitter.
So we are discussing the cough and trying to get DS to demonstrate, of course he is not inclined to. Then he finally starts coughing and we can see the characteristic “whoop, whoop” loud and clear. Doctor tells me – text book! I was so stunned that I have difficulty recalling the next 15 minutes. All I can tell you that in 15 minutes I had 3 balls of yarn and no more baby sweater.
So we have all been quarantined!
We have all been given antibiotics (the lady in the pharmacy told me that they have never seen a family get so much of them)!
We had 4 kids home with active pertussis (too really bad cases and two light). Two did not get sick at all, so they took the medication, but went to school. Thankfully it is not dangerous at the age my kids are. Just incredibly annoying since I had to contain 4 very active kids at home. Most of the coughing bouts happen at night, this means I get a lot of night knitting time.
Thankfully tomorrow DS #2 is going back to school. The other two will have to stay home until they get better.