I was trying to remember the last time I was in an elementary school. I don’t mean on the grounds, outside on the soccer and/or baseball fields. I’m talking inside an actual building. I think the last time was when David won his student of the year award in sixth grade. That would make it— let’s see— a long time.
Tammy phoned this morning and asked if I could pick D.J. up from school. When she asked me to do it “right now,” I knew it was something serious. He was having a bad reaction to a spider bite from two nights ago, and the school had called her to pick him up. She had two little boys at home already, but only one car seat, so she couldn’t do it herself. (Besides, morning sickness is hitting her hard this time around.)
So I dropped what I was doing, found my shoes (and pants), and raced over to the school. I’m on the emergency list, but she had also called ahead to let them know I was coming. I signed in at the office, and when the nurse walked in she took one look at me and said, “You must be Uncle Mike.”
Well, that is what everyone calls me. Everyone in a younger generation, that is.
D.J. came walking in from the other direction. For some reason I expected him to be his usual bouncy, chatty self, but I could tell right away he was really sick. He even told me. “I’m really sick, Uncle Mike,” he said. “And I’m not happy about it.”
When I got him home the first thing he did was climb upstairs and into bed. Within a few minutes he was sound asleep. He had a low-grade fever at that time, but I found out later it got worse in the afternoon. They took him to the doctor, where his temperature peaked at 103.3ºF before starting to come back down. The doctor wouldn’t let him leave until it did.
I’m getting periodic reports, but he seems to be doing okay. He’s one kid who’s more of a handful when he’s well than when he’s sick, so it might be a quietly convalescent weekend in that house. He has to go back to the doctor every day until they’re convinced he’s well enough. Knowing him, he’ll let us know he’s back to normal, one way or another. As peaceful as it must be right now, let’s hope that’s soon.