The Act of Pre-Traveling: Bronchitis

by farrah on January 17, 2014 · 11 comments

Sometimes I feel like the days and hours before we go somewhere are an event in themselves. Hence, the allusion to my friends Emile’s blog ‘Act of Traveling‘ with regard to the fiascos and complications that arise before we go on a trip. I’m sure no one is shocked that getting five people- three with the combined age of 10, is an undertaking fraught with booby traps and pitfalls before we even arrive at the airport.

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So Monday afternoon we are supposed to leave for Rome. We found out about the cheap tickets last Friday, and purchased them the next day. In the past week I have been plotting and planning, setting up itineraries and booking miscellaneous things to ensure we see and do as much as possible in the time that we are there. As a mother though, in the back of my mind I knew- I KNEW that something had to give to derail this smooth progress. If you’ve read Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep you know exactly what I am talking about. In his book, the past does not like to be changed- and will thwart every attempt possible when the main character tries to edit the past. Hence, is the same with parents traveling with small children. Going on a trip with little kids (for the average person) cannot be done without the universe stepping in and making sure the journey is ‘a memory to remember‘.

Today is Friday. As of yesterday at noon C erupted in a fever which was easily over 100 degrees. I gave him some medicine, we napped, he was fine. At dinner when the kid Motrin wore off he went downhill again. I gave him some more at bed when his fever was back and hoped for the best. I did not like this cough. I did not like this fever. By 4 am I was sleeping at the foot of his bed, holding his hot little hand and already deciding that he wasn’t going to school today but instead to the doctor.

Just before noon I got him an appointment and he was diagnosed with bronchitis. Thankfully, our family doctor is great with offering up amoxicillin and we’re on the road to recovery. Doctors don’t treat illnesses with antibiotics over here very often- so I know that this is serious since he prescribed it without my asking. Additionally we have an inhaler thing- which Chase won’t use but the paracetamol also has him already feeling better. My hopes are pinned on the fact that by Monday all is right again with the world and he’ll be ready to jump into some fountains with his brothers. No, not really- I really hope they do not do that.

Have a great weekend & hopefully I’ll have our itinerary ready to share with you in a post on Monday- since it’s still not completed. We’re trying another discount airline here for the first time as well- so that should be interesting. 

Image courtesy of Know Your Meme. 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mrs. Chasing the Donkey January 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Ohhmy golly, what stinking luck. I am glad you have the hard cor edrugs, and I do hope Chase feels better soon – especially before the trip. I’ll keep everything crossed for you all.


2 farrah January 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Thanks! He’s feeling better but I know we’re not out of the woods- I still have 2 others who could have catastrophes before that plane takes off!


3 Leighann January 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

hope he’s feeling better soon and you’re all off to Rome!


4 farrah January 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Thank you Leighann!


5 Melissa January 17, 2014 at 6:23 pm

My fingers & toes are crossed for you that C has a speedy recovery so that Monday afternoon you’ll all be enjoying some gelato!


6 farrah January 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Thank you! You know I have been telling them ALL ABOUT gelato 🙂


7 Ann January 17, 2014 at 6:51 pm

vibes that he gets better and your vacation can be a vacation.


8 farrah January 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Thank you! They’re working. We’ve turned the corner!


9 jenny@atasteoftravel January 18, 2014 at 9:43 am

Kids have an amazing way of bouncing back. Let’s think positive…I’m sure he’ll be fine and you’ll soon be eating pizza in Rome! Have fun!


10 farrah January 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Thank you Jenny! And yes, they are. We’re getting better and should be ready to go by Monday 🙂


11 Chamisa January 20, 2014 at 10:57 am

I hope everyone is well and ready to go!


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