Isaac, You have been obviously feeling badly for a month, now. Strep? Turns out: no. Mono? Turns out: no. Lyme Disease: you test negative.
You’re tired. It started with headaches, stomachaches, arms, legs . . . You started the antibiotics for Lyme and initially got worse . . . then . . . about 5 days in, you seemed to be getting better. But then your stomach and chest started to hurt even more – and your head and back hurt a lot.
You then went off antibiotics to see if they were causing problems – this has lessened your stomach and chest problems. But your legs ache. Your arms hurt if you lift something. Your head hurts all the time. And your back hurts a lot.
This photo is from the day I realized things weren’t turning around. Saturday morning. You’d seemed better Tues and Weds and made it to school all week. Then you had Thurs and Fri off from school but seemed to be getting tireder – so Saturday I thought I’d get you out, get you fresh air, see friends. You were just blah. Tired. There. And things continued to go downhill. We spent the rest of Saturday and sunday playing games. You’d play a while then rest.
Monday – about three weeks of being sick. You went in Monday and the nurse called at 11:15 for me to pick you up. Tuesday you stayed home. Wednesday you went in at 11:30 – then we went to your doctor appointment and music lesson.
Dr. Hassett doesn’t know what’s going on. The antibiotics haven’t taken care of you. Going off the antibiotics hasn’t taken care of you. The plan is to have you see a pediatric rheumatologist. All our friends think you should have your spinal fluid tested for Lyme. Dr Hassett had you go down to the lab and they drew 6 vials of blood – out for test. Thursday, Dad took you to school --- you were miserable and they called me by 10 to pick you up. By Friday, we’d decided to just keep you home through Thanksgiving. We’re waiting on test results. Worried. Confused. Loving you. Just wondering what’s going on.
Josh, Logan and Aidan were spurred to put together a trivia quiz team after a look at the big and generous list of prizes AND, of course, by their love of just … knowing stuff! They needed a fourth to compete and so brought Neil along. Isaac heard about prizes and really wanted in but these high-schoolers weren’t so sure about him . . . thinking it might be an event something like this:
But it was even BIGGER and more confusing. There were lots of flags waving during the lightning round and it was never clear who waved first. There were competitors of all ages and Isaac was quickly allowed in.
Of course the other rounds gave everyone time to think, disagree, say what the heck and then either remonstrate the others for a lack of faith or cheer over unanticipated success.
No one will let me forget that I didn’t believe the multiple suggestions that Edgar Allen Poe might be the 19th century poet who married his 13 year old cousin.
And no one wants to forget that while most were thinking that “earth pig” translated to groundhog, the whole team took a chance on Aidan’s belief that it was aardvark.
Everyone contributed some point-winning answers --- and there were a lot of questions we couldn’t answer (In fact, do you know what child actress –and now adult actress-was the model for Belle in the Disney cartoon version of Beauty and the Beast?)
There were several small victories – but it really didn’t seem there were enough . . . . but, then, the team unexpectedly (I say unexpectedly because there were so many flags waving, getting called on was not easy) won TWO lightning rounds.
The Sci Fi round was won with Aidan’s knowledge of The Green Lantern’s name, occupation, and place of work. Aidan got first choice from this box packed full of sci-fi goodies from JetPack Comics. Everyone actually got what they wanted from the box and loved what they got. Isaac took some figures and Josh took a shirt and gift certificate. Aidan took a graphic novel and puzzle. Logan went for the two sets of drinking glasses. Big thanks to Jetpack Comics in Rochester.
The Durham round was won when the question was asked: Who is the chair of the Durham Town Council. The first person chosen said it was . . . Neil Niman! Our Neil! Nope – not anymore and Isaac waved his flag vigorously enough to be chosen and he gave the correct answer of Diana Carroll (knowledge gained from way too many Monday nights spent in bed with me watching Neil and the council on our cable access channel)--- to which at first we were told: no! Wait a minute, Neil said. I’m the vice chair of the town council. and she is the chair. What about Terry Sharpe asked the moderator? It was agreed that there is no Terry Sharpe on the town council – and so another lightning round was won.
Their team came in 20th . . . I’m not sure how many teams there were total – almost 40 I think. The top winners were veteran teams with teachers, staff, and a few students. 20th wasn’t good enough to take prizes from the main table, but these boys were already fabulously rich in prizes from the lightning rounds---- lots of folks went home empty handed and a little disappointed. These guys had an awesome time.
And it was very cool to see such a big turnout of students and teachers and families and all the fun people were having.
Josh is in 9th grade and Isaac in 6th. After years of buying lunches, this year they both want packed lunches, with soup, and, now that it’s cold in the morning they need something hot to drink on the walk to the bus and the ride to school.
Joshua: peanut butter and jelly sandwich (once in while turkey, cheese & chips sandwich), chicken or veggie noodle soup, something crunchy (like goldfish), and fruit – apples have to be cut up because of the braces. A big bottle of cold water and a hot thermos of green tea.
Isaac: turkey, provolone & salami sandwich, Raman, something crunchy, and fruit – apples have to be cut up because he’s our little prince and that’s how he likes it. A big bottle of water and a hot thermos of orange tea.
There he is! Joshua just out of bed and 5 minutes til he’s out the door. He’s never missed the bus this year – doesn’t want to be driven in—though I do often end up driving him down to the busstop. No Isaac in this photo because he does like being driven in and he’s still in bed (for about 5 more minutes). On Tues and Thurs Neil teaches at 8 and drives him in. Also, we’re just finishing up 3 weeks of Isaac sick (we think with Lyme Disease) and it’s actually a pleasure to be packing him lunch and sending him to school for a full day.
Joshua on his way. Yes, there are a lot of leaves still on the ground --- AND we’ve spent a lot of time raking. Boys are off on Thurs and Fri – hoping to finish those leaves up then and be ready for snow!