Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 28 May 2012

This weeks weekend relevant prompts, for Monday Haiku are:

  1. Friday ER – We spent Friday evening down the local ER. My son appeared to pick up a cough / cold on Thursday, but by Friday afternoon he was breathing a bit too fast. We had to take him down the local ER to be checked out with a few viral tests and an X-ray. He doesn’t like people he doesn’t know approaching  him with things e.g. stethoscopes, so several times we had to pin him down whilst he cried and screamed. He is our first child and this was our first experience of this kind of thing, so as you can imagine, it was not pleasant, a bit worrying, and a bit upsetting. I know there will be other times, and it will be a bit easier each time but… Anyway it turned out he has a bronchial infection so has a bunch of different medications to take. His spirits are still good (apart from when he has to take the medication). We then promptly made a arse of giving him the meds, but after a few misfires, then a few tips, we’ve got our technique down now. Hopefully he will be on the mend now.
  2. Bronchial Infection – See above.
  3. Tired and hungry – I didn’t really get to eat friday evening, then had to take the car for a service on saturday and missed lunch. Friday was a long and draining night (as you can imagine). This is how I was feeling when I started typing this.

So here we go:

I can’t be much help

here for you in the E.R.

love you loads my son

Ok a little bit sentimental but it’s my haiku.. And the “sort of” part two.

Poor you, breath and wheeze

Your bronchial infection

Not hurt your spirits

And something completely different.

Oh, to bite a fish

fill the stomach of this man

but what about sleep?

Bonus Haiku is following the lazy mode and the prompt is once again from Mrs Rubin of The Write Transition, and her “Awful offspring offal”. Carrie also offered me some tips re: giving toddler meds, which was very kind and gives me the opportunity to highlight there is a whole lot more than me just pinching naughty words from her blog / offspring. So anyway, the term “Looma” in two parts (as before, if naughty words are not your thing, skip the lined section):


Baffled as to what

That word said to my son means

Just LOOMA is all

part 2:

I should know better

Laughing out of my Anus

one more for the blog


Things I learned this weekend:

  • If your baby or toddler has any kind of breathing difficulty, heavy too fast, whatever, it is good to take the child to a medical facility to be checked out.
  • Pharmacies are slow even at 11.00 pm on a Friday evening.
  • The technique that works for us when using the syringe is to have the head back, place into the cheek and squirt some in (perhaps also having a clean finger in the cheek so he cannot tense and spit), then blow in the face, which makes him swallow.
  • Or mix it with some juice.
  • Having the above to deal with is not great at any time, but less so when I have to fly to England later this week.
No  “Spam of the week“, this week.
Have a fun week.

Lexicon word of the day: gregarious.


21 comments on “Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 28 May 2012

  1. Good thing he does not have Sicilian grammas and aunts. They wrap a hot onion in a cloth around your head. They scrub you with grainy brown soap. They put Vicks on your feet. You must swallow spoonfuls of olive oil. They give you anisette to sleep(now that’s the good part except you are an alcoholic by age 8). They wrap you in blankets and put candles around you. I you don’t get better they beat you with the giant wood salad spoon.

    • Elliot says:

      I almost wish I could give him the wooden spoon when he won’t take his meds, but I just go and calm down and rethink the strategy.

  2. jmmcdowell says:

    Hope your son will be better soon. Carrie is probably a wealth of good information on the health front!

    • Elliot says:

      Thanks, he seems a little better but still some way to go yet. Carrie was good for some tips then we added a little bit from someone else so we’ve gotten the hang of it now.

  3. Margarita says:

    You did, and are doing, great! I don’t know that parenting gets easier; however, it is always interesting, rewarding, and, as we can see, provides much Haiku material! All the best to you and your family!

  4. rtd14 says:

    You are not alone. In April, my son was sick for two weeks with a viral infection. His fever spiked to 105, and it seemed like it took forever to go down. Sinuses and an ear infection drove it higher. He had never been that sick.

    I like the first haiku a lot. It might be emotional, but that is where writing comes from. Great job, and I hope your son feels better soon!

    • Elliot says:

      Oh that must have been terrible to go through. Part of the problem at this age is they cannot explain what is wrong or don’t understand, so you cannot explain much of it to them. You feel a bit helpless. But that said, in getting the medical help and giving the treatment, that is helping. It’s a bit difficult especially when it is the first time.

      Thanks for the comments.

  5. crubin says:

    Thanks again for the mention. Very kind of you, and I’m glad to see my son’s “unique” creativity gaining mileage. I’ve told him he should guest post on my blog, but so far he prefers to participate only from a far. 🙂

    Glad you’ve got the med-giving technique down. I remember those trips to the ER and some sleepless nights myself. As such, that first Haiku really hit home. Hope his recovery is quick.

    • Elliot says:

      Thank you for the tips the other night, they were useful and helped to give us a bit more peace of mind. It might be a little more difficult later in the week when I need to head abroad but hopefully he will have shown a bit more improvement by then. – We will no doubt have more trips to E.R. over time. I think my wife’s father was a bit susceptible to bronchitis as a small child so he might have got that through her side, and he might get it again.

      You are welcome on the mentions, tell your son to keep them coming, it makes my “bonus” haiku a bit easier!

  6. DyingNote says:

    Hope your son’s better now.

  7. Really sorry to hear that your son has been sick, and I hope that he makes a full and complete recovery ASAP.

  8. Glad your little one is ok honey


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