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The last few days haven’t gone as planned.  We were supposed to be in Mena, Arkansas at Travis’ 10 year high school reunion (which he planned, might I add).  It was going to be a great weekend of free babysitting (Nana and Bubba), lots of time with Travis’ high school friends, and a beautiful drive down Highway 44 looking at the beautiful fall colors. 

Instead, we did a lot of this:

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Oh yeah, and a lot of avoiding being attacked by this:

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And in case you didn’t fully grasp the size of the monstrosity that is attached to Max’s head, here’s another angle:

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Okay, first things first.  Molly has swine flu.  It’s been a rough week.  She spiked a fever Tuesday afternoon after her nap.  The next morning it was up close to 103 so we went to the doctor.  They did the little nose swab test and, sure enough, she was diagnosed with H1N1.  I had been in the process of getting our stuff together to travel for 4 days to Arkansas for the reunion…all of that was put on hold.  I have never seen a baby as sick as Molly was that day, poor kid.  She was completely lethargic and wanted only be held.  Her breathing was pretty wheezy, which is why you see her hooked up to the nebulizer in the above picture (which we are now proud owners of, by the way).  The doctor was worried about the flu possibly progressing to pneumonia because of the congestion in her lungs.  She wanted to see Molly every day that she had a fever to make sure she was doing all right.  She also told us that Molly is the youngest baby she’s ever seen with the swine flu. (I was not surprised.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you will remember that my family has really bad luck with medical stuff.)  Anyway, the trip got cancelled and we’ve been to the doctor 4 times in the past week.  On Wednesday afternoon, the fever went away for about 24 hours and we were thrilled!  We started to toy with the idea of jumping in the car so that Travis could attend the reunion.  Then the fever came back in a bad way…and we’ve been confined to the house for a VERY LONG TIME. 

Poor Molly.  She’s pretty miserable.  This is day 6 of the fever.  I am starting to feel like it’s never going to go away.  She is also so congested that she can’t breathe through her nose at all (a really bad thing for a kid who is addicted to the pacifier).  She’s been awake screaming for at least 4 hours every night for the past 5 nights.  Travis and I feel like zombies.  We feel very blessed that no one else in the family has gotten it.  The pediatrician told me that if we make it though Sunday and no one  has gotten it, we should be in the clear.  We’re almost there.  I think I might cry if Owen wakes up from his nap with a  fever.  We just can’t take much more of this.

On to the dog…Tuesday afternoon (the same afternoon that Molly spiked a fever), Max refused to walk on his front left paw.  We’d noticed he’d been licking on his foot for about a month.  We hadn’t really paid much attention to it.  After a trip to the vet, it turns out he has a skin infection on his foot between his little paw pads (that’s definitely not the “official” name for them…but you know what I mean, right?).   The vet told us that the fastest way to heal the foot is to wear this astronaut helmet (again, not the official name, but we think he looks like he’s receiving signals from outer space).  Max is not a graceful dog to begin with, and the helmet makes it even worse.  We’re supposed to have him wear the helmet and take his antibiotics for 10 days…we’re on day 6.  4 more to go.

So anyway, that’s what’s been going on here.  It’s been a bit of a downer of a weekend.

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bath time…for max

This is Max.

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So is this.

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This is Max getting a bath.

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This is Max trying to make his escape.

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This is Owen, watching in awe.

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Oh the fun of giving your 75 pound golden retriever a bath.

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