Tuesday, August 18, 2009

When we felt like Hagrid...

It wasn’t swine flu: I diagnosed myself. I didn’t seek medical advice about it but the respiratory bug that it was, knocked me right off my feet. Crucially, it didn’t give me a temperature and I’ve passed it onto the children who just got coughs. So, in anticipation of their return to school tomorrow we stopped in at the hospital to get them ‘declared fit.’

I warned my strapping 6ft 1” son (who’s 15) that we still had to go to the children’s department, and we all had a snigger that he’d probably try and get into the climbing frame room. Son was most disappointed to discover the play area was closed because of the swine flu virus, which I understand can exist for up to 24 hours on hard surfaces.

Toddlers raced around and babies howled. My great big children hung their heads and looked down at all the small people.

The tiny Thai nurse stood Son on the height and weight scales and then needed a step ladder to reach up to place the ruler on his head. Son obligingly crouched down to enable her to extend far enough to measure him which rather defeated the object, but then I suspect there’s no danger of him not growing sufficiently. I think after yesterday’s appointment that his files might well show him as having shrunk. A medical mystery perhaps.

Barney the purple dinosaur sat on the doctor’s desk; just in case one of my children might need him…The doctor examined them and then declared them both fit for school but in possession of coughs. He prescribed ten minutes each on the nebuliser and we were all issued with masks to make our departure from hospital safer for all the other patients.

I can’t believe that I took this picture in the treatment room. Clearly they weren’t very sick and I couldn't resist documenting the final embarrassment: the nebuliser masks they had to wear.

9 comments:

DJ Kirkby said...

They were fit for school but still needed nebulisers? Huh? What was the doctor on about? Nebs are given when oxygen sats are low and the airways need opening. Doesn't sound fit for school to me though they did look very well in the photos :) Glad you are all on the mend. xo

Debs said...

Glad to hear that you're all getting better, and love that you took the photo of them with their masks on.

Carol said...

Daughter wouldn't have but did son use it as an opportunity to do a Darth Vader impression?

Fab pics of the two of them (Bloody hell...6ft 1"!!)

C x

Queenie said...

Hahahaha the little faces *wipes tears from eyes* although I have to say, JJ, that even with those nebulisers on, I can see that you have a fine-looking pair of youngsters there.

Pat Posner said...

Glad you're on the mend, JJ

Love the photos!

xxPat

JJ Beattie said...

DJ, hmmmm, no they didn't need the nebulisers at all. Both had asthma as kids and we've discovered since being here and returning to the UK that it's caused by feathers (Son) and cats (daughter). I'm afraid that this is often our experience here.. they get discharged with a whole array of meds because... well it's good for the revenue... While both kids had coughs neither of them were wheezy!

Debs, thanks.

Carol, erhm... no.

Queenie, thank you.

JJ Beattie said...

Oooie, sorry Pat. Thank you. We are on the mend at last....

ChrisH said...

Oh, poor fings! Glad you are all fit and healthy. Also liked the lizard photos in previous post.

Angie said...

Love that picture. *giggles* They're being such good sports about it too. And blimey, 6'1" at 15? Your son is going to be a giant!

Hope you all feel better soon