What a week. I'm pretty sure there are few things in the world worse than having to stand by and watching your child in pain. Maybe being the actual child in pain? Naaah.
Judah has come down with a big and bad virus, a version of Coxsackie A, also known as Hand, Foot, and Mouth. The good news is the sores are just in the mouth. The bad news is the bad germs took all the force with which they would've bothered the hands and feet and concentrated all of their nastiness into my baby's poor little mouth. He's had a fever of up to 104 and been medicated for the past 5 days, refused most foods (milkshake for breakfast? jello for lunch? chocolate milk for dinner? slices of monterey jack as our big and strong? why not!), cried in his sleep, sweat through his sheets 2 nights in a row... FUN TIMES! This is definitely one of those times when I wish I could remove his pain with a flick of my magic wand and just drag it over to myself. I remember cheering myself up during treatment that at least he wasn't the sick one. I can't imagine trying to endure watching my child undergoing that sort of fight.
|the Mouse and Blitstein families|
When I first found out, I remember talking to a woman from FPS on the phone, nodding my head, saying, "Wow, that sounds great. Uh-huh. Um-hmm," all the while totally not believing she was telling the truth. Who in the world wants to give US a free trip to Disney, complete with airfare, park tickets (to all Disney parks, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld), a 3 bedroom house (pool included), a rental car, and a stipend for meals and treats? It turns out they did. They do this for many, many families affected by cancer. Dan discovered them while leafing through one of my People magazines. Since then, he's stayed true to his vow never to make fun of me reading People magazine ever again. Our trip (obviously) was wonderful and gave us a true vacation from cancer.
|Dan's genius idea for waiting in long lines...|
|Meeting the Seuss Characters at Universal|
|chillin w Legos at downtown disney|
|magic kingdom day #1|