December 2nd, 2011

Sick Family Update, Yet Again: Don't Read While Eating

On Thursday, my son T. was happy to get up but much less happy to get dressed and out the door to go to school. When the yelling did not subside, I got up to call the school and tell them he was sick altho not symptomatic and would not be coming in. R. got A. out to the door and T. and I settled back in to sleep a little longer. Boy am I glad I did that. He had diarrhea later, and a little after that he vomited extensively. Today, alas, was more of the same.

I took him in for walk-in quick strep test, as A. had that last week and I didn't want to have us trading it back and forth; we didn't hear back so I'm assuming we don't have it (R. got checked when A. was diagnosed). This looks like a straightforward gastro bug. I've named what's happening as it happened and had T. repeat the words back to me so I could try to have him tell me if he thought it was about to happen again. He's been super good about getting into the bathroom when he has thrown up since the first incident, and very good about getting to the potty for diarrhea as well. I'd be pleased with _any_ six year old displaying that level of self-control/initiative, but T. has a diagnosis that makes things like this extra special difficult, which makes what he is doing Grade A Extra Stars Superhuman Cool.

He's been drinking ginger ale and eating blondies, crackers and similar. Part of the time he feels good enough to jump on the rebounder, but he's spending a lot of time on the couch wrapped up in the Disney throw. He asked to go to bed about an hour earlier than we usually start the bedtime process (a solid 2 hours before he normally has the lights out). Hopefully he will recover soon, but the nurses seem to think that as long as he doesn't have a high fever and he does keep liquids down he's probably ok.

A Few Remarks on Recent Media Consumption

I got the Angelina Ballerina _New Teacher_ app on the ipad. A. really likes the videos and some of the interactive bits in the text; she's not really listening to the text being read out loud. She brought over a kFire and demanded ballerina, so I got my first shot at trying Amazon Prime video on a kFire. It looks nice.

I've been watching a lot of (purchased) Amazon video on the downstairs TV, mostly Sanctuary Season 4 episodes. I don't watch these because I love the writing; I watch them because I like looking at Amanda Tapping (basically the same reason I keep watching Rizzoli & Isles -- I like looking at Angie Harmon, too). Huge payoff recently in the form of Helen Magnus being Kissed:

Season 4, Episode 4, "Monsoon". Charlotte Benoit is played by Sandrine Holt, who looked familiar but I couldn't place her. Fortunately, the internet helped me out -- she played Cho's girlfriend on the Mentalist in "Blood In, Blood Out". That is an actress who is spending time playing characters whose romantic tastes are entirely understandable to me.

Really, moments like that make up for a lot of bad writing. Also, the musical episode "Fugue" had good enough music (altho not enough of it) to justify its operatically ludicrous plotline. A _really_ excellent ending in the interaction between Magnus and Zimmerman.

None of the above remarks should be regarded as even partial reviews much less recommendations. Just because I spend my time consuming this stuff doesn't mean I think you should, too.