I had a fun experience yesterday. I received my first phone call from the school nurse. Yippee!
About 1:30 yesterday afternoon I get a phone call from a complete stranger that went something like this:
Nurse: Hi. Is this Felicia?
Me: Yes. Who is this please?
Nurse: I'm the nurse at the elementary school and I have a young Nathaniel here.
(Thinking frantically that he broke an arm. Calming down, knowing he's a hypochondriac, it has to be a false alarm - I don't hear screaming in the background)
Nurse: Yes, he came in after lunch because he has a rash on his leg.
(At this point I'm relieved - he had a rash on his ankle before school. He frequently gets little patches of prickly heat rash and it's no big deal. I'm about to tell her this when ...)
Nurse: It's on his legs but it doesn't itch. When he scratches it it hurts. I took a look and it goes all the way up his legs and onto his trunk. The bumps are red and raised and irregular.
(Is it Ebola? Smallpox? Is my boy going to die? What the heck is going on at this school that contagious diseases just float around, waiting to attack my child?!?)
Nurse: I'm a little concerned ...
Nurse: ... but Nathaniel says he's taking some medicine at home?
Me: Yes, he's taking an antibiotic, but he's been on it for a week now.
Nurse: Oh! (Relief sounds in her voice) That's it then. It's common for kids to break out in a rash like this about 5 to 7 days into an antibiotic. There's nothing you can do and it won't cause him any harm.
We both laugh and share other little closing pleasantries. My child's not going to die. I'm not a bad mom. Bla bla bla.
So I hang up and do the logical thing. I call Chris and say, "Nathaniel's school nurse just called ..."
Until I write again ...
P.S. For those of you keeping up with Lou the Loud, he nearly lost most favored cat status this morning. And I nearly had to call the school nurse. Mae was running late for the bus and fell down the first several stairs, giving us a good fright. Lou walked in front of her as she was coming round the corner, tripping her in her descent. She's okay, but ready to kill Lou. Nathaniel woke up long enough to give a feeble, "Yay Louie!"