I’m on vacation, although it’s beginning to feel like medical leave because I’ve been to more doctors in the last 5 days than I have all year. What we thought was staph is now looking like some kind of animal bite or sting or stinging seaweed and a scary reaction to it. Although, I’m really skeptical. I mean, I have been stung and bitten before and I’ve run screaming from the beach. How is it possible to get a festering huge skin infection all up and down one arm from a sting or bite you didn’t even feel? It’s really a mystery. The baby got it too, which is the worst part. Although she’s a trooper and hasn’t complained once, unlike her constantly complaining mother.
What makes me doubt this animal/insect theory is how many cases of antibiotic-resistant staph happen here to members of my own family. So it’s off to another doctor in the next few days to try to get to the bottom of it. But I can’t really carp all that much. I am in Hawaii in February after all. We can’t go to the beach, but it’s lovely to just be in the sun and spend time with my dear family. Did I mention the whales are here? It’s awesome. I’ve seen two breach fully out of the water. I’ve never seen that before. My friend said something funny the other day as I was gazing endlessly into binoculars waiting for a tail slap.
“Do you think they’re as interested in us as we are in them?”
I’ve been avoiding the news a bit, trying to get well and all. But in my line of work that doesn’t always work out. I have been watching American Idol. I think they made a huge mistake by keeping the red-headed kid who, while sweet, was not better than the piano player they let go. He’s probably going to be the fist one kicked off. (As of writing this I think I missed the show where they vote them off so I could be wrong. But I don’t think he’ll last long.)
Other thoughts on American Idol: I miss Simon. I knew I would. Everyone else is too nice. They just love everyone. It’s boring. I miss Simon’s scathing insults. They were funny and usually right on. I don’t get why we still have judges if all they’re going to do is tell everyone they’re great. Some of those kids have been pretty terrible. So I’m not loving the judging although I like JLo and Tyler too, it’s just missing Simon. I wish he’d come back.
On another note, I’ve been given an exciting assignment on NRB that (unfortunately) has me monitoring MSNBC…hideous! It’s so hard to watch. The lengths I go to inform you people are truly heroic. I dare you to sit in front of the Ed Schultz show and not throw things at your TV. I wonder if I’ll get disability if I injure myself in a fit of anger while fulfilling my writing duties. I foresee many a bruised toe from kicking the wall in frustration while enduring the lies and arrogance. Stay tuned for the kickoff of a new series on NRB. It’s a good one!
Well, I’m tired and sick and ready for bed. I hope you’re all feeling better than I am. I promise things will get back to normal around here soon. Did I mention the kids are sick too? It’s very hard to have all of us down at the same time and no hubby to help (he had to stay home and work for a living…poor chap.) Thank God for him. I love my hubs. That reminds me of Michael Savage today. He had a very interesting conversation about why so many men are juveniles (or living the lives of juveniles so late in life.) Why aren’t men getting married and having families? Why are so many men still living with their parents instead of engaging in the struggle? (And it is a struggle! Get used to it.) I feel blessed to be married to a responsible man who is in the fight 100%. Savage was asking, why doesn’t it seem respectable to be a father and husband these days? Where are the “family man” role models? Why is it so under-appreciated? What does one have to do to raise boys to want to be fathers and husbands?
I don’t have answers…but they’re good questions.