Edward has been home sick all week with strep. It was a little satisfying taking him to the doctor yesterday: the nurse said "I'd be VERY SURPRISED if he had strep" and the doctor said "Well, we've been seeing some sore throats but they're all just viruses...."---and then the doctor looked in his throat and said, "Huh. Well, we should do a strep test," and did the strep test, and it was positive. My phone issues artificially skew my success rate: I'm not likely to bring a kid in unless I'm pretty certain there's a problem.
This morning Elizabeth told me that a boy in Edward's class told her that he didn't think Edward was sick, because HE heard the assistant teacher telling Edward's teacher that she drove by and saw Edward playing outside. This has left me stricken with Pointless Mortification. Edward has NOT been playing outside; he has been in on the couch. But Henry looks very much like Edward (enough so that if I'm out with just Henry, people who know us casually aren't sure who it is), and Henry HAS been playing outside. And today Edward is feeling way better, but has to stay home another day because of contagion risk, so he very well MIGHT go play outside. But now I feel like the teachers might think I'm lying about him being sick, or that Edward is lying to me about being sick. But I can't exactly go up to them and say "Elizabeth said that Max said that he heard Ms. Jorry say to Mrs. Givens that SHE saw..."
And please note that ALL of this is from a report from two first graders, so it might not even be ACCURATE. And even if it IS accurate, the teacher might not have even recorded that information as significant: plenty of kids who have symptoms that mean they're not allowed in school (fevers, barfing, pink eye) still feel well enough to play outside---especially when the rule is that they have to wait 24 hours before coming back. Which makes it MULTI-LEVELED Pointless Mortification: don't know if it's true, don't know if it matters, can't do much about it no matter what.
I am sending a note with Edward tomorrow (as I usually would, after a child's absence, so that the teacher knows what's going on even if the office didn't tell her) that mentions taking him to the doctor and the strep diagnosis and the antibiotics, so I'm hoping if there IS any doubt, that will clear it up.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...