Strep & Squirrels

So far this June has sucked. Big time.

I honestly can’t remember when so many things have gone wrong in such a short period of time. I think that maybe the world is out to get me or something but the one thing that I know for sure is that my patience are growing thin…. 100 yr old parchment paper thin.

Wondering what could possibly make this month so terrible?

Well, we started out the month with my husband, son, and oldest daughter getting strep. And here’s the kicker… I only took Andrew into the doctor because his dad went in first and came home with strep and I thought that I’d better make sure that Andrew was alright… I mean he did have a pretty snotty nose after all.

cute face

How could this cute face cause so much stress?

So who would have thought that a snotty nose was a sign of strep? Not this mom! Nope… I figured that it was just his allergies. Good thing I took him in.

Less than a week into the meds for strep Andrew decided that it would be fun to get a 24 hour stomach flu bug thing and then pass it on to me. I seriously thought that I was going to die… the flu symptoms hit hard and fast.

my helper

She's been pretty helpful...

By time that cleared up and we seemed healthy Andrew spiked a fever for a couple days and today I learned that he has strep again. Or still. Whatever…. he’s sick and whiney. And to top it off he also has some odd rash that we thought was poison ivy but I have no idea how he could have gotten it so now we’re wondering if maybe it’s similar to the rash my husband had when he had strep….

OH! And here’s the best part of the month! There were little baby squirrels living in the passenger seat of my truck! Yes, you did read that correctly. Squirrels. Living in my truck.

I have no freakin’ clue how a squirrel got into my truck and left three babies stuffed up in the seat. I am totally baffled and I would have never known if it weren’t for that one of them was sitting on the floor of my truck last week at my daughter’s softball game. Another one showed up yesterday when I got out of work and finally I had the kids do some searching and see how many more there were. Thankfully they only found one more!

Yea… so top that! Squirrels living in my truck.

Did I mention that Andrew refuses to take any kind of medicine and if I do manage to get it in his mouth he makes himself puke it out?

Yup… good times.

So I snap once in a while because the stress of it all is getting to me and I don’t know how I’ll make it through to the end of the month. Of course then I feel terrible for it because it’s not the kids fault that this month sucks. I need to find patience soon… and things need to get better.


Thankfully we've been able to make all but one of her softball games.

Have you ever had a month as bad as this one?

I’m linking up with Shell from Things I Can’t Say for PYHO and Angie & Dumb Mom for Wordful Wednesday.

22 Responses to Strep & Squirrels
  1. Kimberly
    June 13, 2012 | 1:40 am

    Oh no! I hope you’re all feeling better very soon!
    Squirrels?? In your truck?? How in the world did you not freak out over this? I could not have handled that. At all!

    • Jackie
      June 13, 2012 | 10:30 pm

      Oh… I did! I was all ready to take my truck in and have it taken apart and totally cleaned. I might still do it… who knows what else is in there!

  2. Kmama
    June 13, 2012 | 8:40 am

    Oh man! That is a rough month. We have pink eye and a broken oven at our house right now. I think you win though.

    • Jackie
      June 13, 2012 | 10:29 pm

      I can totally live with a broken oven! Pink eye, strep, and all the rest I can go without!

      Hope the pink eye goes away soon!

  3. JDaniel4's Mom
    June 13, 2012 | 8:59 am

    What a month! I hope this month is much easier!

    • Jackie
      June 13, 2012 | 10:29 pm

      Me too! It has to get better, right?

  4. Adrienne
    June 13, 2012 | 10:55 am

    so the squirrel in the truck would have freaked me out. I just wrote a post about an uninvited guest as our house. I hope everyone is feeling better. Sick kids are no fun! Stopping by from PYHO.

    • Jackie
      June 13, 2012 | 10:28 pm

      I was freaking out when I found the first one! At first I thought that it was a grape or something and then realized I didn’t have any in the car….

  5. Andrea
    June 13, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Oh no! That all sounds awful. I’m so sorry you guys have been dealing w/so much sick time. :(

    But I will say that the squirrel story got me singing Squirrels in my pants – from Phineas and Ferb, so I think that you at least passed along a chuckle!

    • Jackie
      June 13, 2012 | 10:27 pm

      LOL! If I mentioned that to my kids I’m sure that they’d start singing it too and never stop!

  6. Tamara
    June 13, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your tough month. You have to laugh about the squirrels in your truck. Makes for a great story, that is after everyone is feeling better.

    The odd rash you mentioned could be Scarlet Fever caused by Strep. If the rash feels like sandpaper it’s probably it. I’m sure you have already been to the Dr.

    I hope you get a break soon. Hang in their mama!

    • Jackie
      June 13, 2012 | 10:25 pm

      Scarlet fever…. OMG… that doesn’t sound good at all. We were at the doctor on Tuesday and we’re going to be there again on Thursday to have them check the rash again. His daycare thinks that it’s hand, foot, and mouth disease.

  7. Kristin @ What She Said
    June 13, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    June always seems to suck for me. With the exception of my wedding anniversary on the 17th, it has very negative connotations for me. It’s a stressful time at work, I always find myself feeling blue, and two years ago this time I was in the throes of a massive PPD meltdown.

    So far, this June has been no exception.

    Sorry for all the sickness in your house lately. I once had strep throat in my ear. My throat never hurt, but I felt like I had a terrible ear infection. Finally went to the doctor and it was so advanced it was on the verge of turning into rheumatic fever, so I had to get a penicillin shot – THAT hurt like a bitch.

    And yes, you can get a rash with strep. If your son has had a bad or prolonged case of it, that’s not uncommon from what I’ve heard.

    Here’s to a healthy family very soon!

    • Jackie
      June 13, 2012 | 10:19 pm

      We don’t get strep here very often and when someone does get it (usually my oldest) it’s what I think of the typical strep… sore throat, etc. Not rashes, runny noses, or any of the other odd symptoms! And strep in your ear… that is just strange! I really need to pay more attention to things!

      The daycare looked at him and said that it was hand, foot, and mouth disease! Literally…. looked, said is there rash on his feet, looked again, and said yup.. that’s it. Now that was way cheaper than the doctor!

  8. Elaine A.
    June 13, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    I’m sorry I laughed about the squirrels.

    And I’m REALLY sorry it’s been tough this month. It can only get better, right? xo

    • Jackie
      June 13, 2012 | 10:17 pm

      I’d laugh too if it were someone else that had written it. It is pretty comical!

  9. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    June 13, 2012 | 7:52 pm

    I’ve heard of mice in vehicles, but squirrels? WHAT THE FRACKIN’ HECK? So sorry your month has been a bucket of poo so far. :(

    • Jackie
      June 13, 2012 | 10:16 pm

      Yea…. that’s exactly what I thought! And really at first I thought that I had a mouse again (yes, again) because I saw stuff that had been shredded like a mouse is prone to do. But I couldn’t find any other evidence of a mouse!
      I guess I’m just lucky.

  10. Shell
    June 14, 2012 | 9:30 am

    We had that happen with strep, too. I only took one of mine along b/c one of mine had already been diagnosed and the other said he was sick, so I took the third, just in case… but didn’t believe anything was wrong- instead, I was wrong and they were all sick!

    My middle will NOT take meds- he gets a shot of antibiotics when he needs something.

    Squirrels???? that is so crazy!

  11. angie
    June 14, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Oh no . I think squirrels living in your truck is about the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard. :)

  12. Tina @ Life Without Pink
    June 14, 2012 | 9:18 pm

    Oh no that’s rough. Here’s hoping next month is better~

  13. Natalie @MamaTrack
    June 19, 2012 | 10:44 pm

    Wow. That’s so much to deal with. Squirrels????


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