I have three sick kids and now I have a cold, again. I have taquito smeared on my leg from Marin’s lunch and a little while ago she actually blew her nose on my sweater. The only thing that is shocking about any of that is that I haven’t even bothered to change my clothes. I mean, why bother? For all practical purposes I’m essentially living with Typhoid Mary. Correction, Typhoid Marys…..
Claire and Marin had a doctor’s appointment a few days ago. They were both coughing and wheezing. Their doctor prescribed steroids and antibiotics for both. Claire is now old enough that she can manage a pill which is handy given the fact that it would be easier to give a wolverine liquid medicine.
Marin was prescribed liquid Decadron rather than the liquid Prelone that has a reputation for tasting horrible. They both got liquid antibiotics.
After filling the prescriptions, I went home and prepared doses. I noticed with relief that the antibiotic actually smelled good, like cherries. The last time we had one it smelled so bad that I could hardly stand to pour it. At this point I’m thinking I’m home free.
Me- “Ok, Claire, take this pill.” She complied with no whining or complaining. I’m now so confident that I’m getting a little cocky as I hand her the cup of pink liquid.
Claire, looking at me positively outraged, demanding- “What’s THIS?”
Me, trying to regroup and remain positive- “It’s your antibiotic. It smells really good.”
Claire- “Are you crazy? I’m not drinking that.”
Me- “Yes, I’m afraid you are.”
Claire, having a full-blown melt-down- “Why? I hate it! It’s that stuff that tastes awful and you promised that I didn’t have to take it anymore!”
Me- “It’s not that stuff. That’s the Prelone and you took a pill instead, remember? This is just your antibiotic and it smells really good. Now drink it.”
Claire finally relented and drank it then accused me of being a liar.
Claire- “You lied to me! It was that stuff that tastes awful!”
Me- “No, Claire. It was just the antibiotic.”
Claire, still furious- “Well, it tastes like you were lying to me!”