Let’s do a quick round-up of the household health status:
E: Temperature of 100.8, aches, chills, nausea. Looks and feels totally miserable. Too exhausted and dopey to read or even look at pictures in a seed catalog, but did enjoy watching 20 minutes of a documentary about owls. Overall health grade: D. (Actual vomiting would result in D-.)
S: Has been wheezing for the last several days, probably due to too much snow-removal-related exercise in cold weather. Visited doctor and now has 2 different inhalers. Also congested ear and sore throat from coughing after wheezing. Also random allergy-type bumps on left hand and right upper arm. Overall health grade: C. (Inhalers aren’t helping yet.)
M: Stuffy and congested. Mouth in pain due to installation of additional orthodontia on lower teeth. Yes, he went back into braces for his senior year of high school, now that his jaw is done growing. Pain did not preclude him from borrowing car to go out to dinner to celebrate a friend’s acceptance at his first choice college. (M figured he could order pasta.) Or preclude him from calling home at 9:45 p.m. wondering if he could hang out at friend’s house for a while. Since it’s school vacation week, and the falling snow isn’t coming down hard, I said he could stay out another 45 minutes. Overall health grade: B+.
Cat: Achy from winter weather but otherwise well. Determined to help E feel better by sleeping on top of her or next to her. Overall health grade: A-.
I’m hoping that either we’re all feeling better by the weekend, or the weather forecast changes. Because if we really are going to get rain on top of all this snow, then we’d better clear more snow off our roof and E’s mom’s roof before the rain comes. And I don’t think M and the cat could handle all the snow removal by themselves.
Edited to add: Cat has been downgraded to a an overall grade of B since he left E’s side long enough to stagger into the bathroom and throw up — not a hairball, but the other kind of cat puke which means he just doesn’t feel right. I guess he’s really not going to be helping with the roof rake now…