Friday, November 19, 2004

Sounding like a broken record....or a skipping cd.....

I'm thinking Borders bookstore is a good shot for a job, not to mention its my favorite place for Christmas shopping.  The clerk said they were hiring Seasonal cashiers--I fit that title. 

Filled out the application online (first the app, then 37 pages of personality questions..gees), but its done.  Also, PetSmart, Petco, Value City (again), Dad's Ice Cream Shop, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels are done now.  Someone best call soon!  

On to homefront news-- Aunt Nancy is still here and leaving Sunday, its been great having her here.  Mom is off to Columbus, OH tomorrow to watch her friend dance in a ballroom dance competition.  Dad is still in his throne (Haha).   

Gracie has a cough now that I don't know if its still the same cold or she's got something new.  She was completely well for two days, and started coughing last night-a hacking, dry cough.  I'm starting to get real worried about her immune system.  It doesn't seem to be fighting any of these things off.  She has had three different illnesses in four weeks.   

I feel partially to blame as I never took Grace out in public crowded places until she was about 9 months old, then it was only to the grocery and back home.  She went to her doc appts, outside for walks,  and that was it.  I didn't want to deal with a sick baby ever--it just seems unfair to subject a tiny baby to a cold or worse.   

I know, I know-it probably wasn't the thing to do keeping her away from germs, but I felt like it was right.  And her doc had no problems with it.  I told him when she's old enough to talk and tell me what hurts her, then I'll take her out into the world.   

Of course, I was teaching her sign language tocommunicate things like that to me...and it worked for the most part.  She could sign for 'hurt', 'sleep', 'eat', 'drink', 'mom', 'dad', 'grandma', grandpa', 'more', 'please', and 'thank you'.  She still does sometimes, mostly when she's sick or sleepy. (I'm trying to keep signing instilled in her-wouldn't hurt to know other languages and its easier for kids to learn before three).  

So, I'm sure my oversheltering her as a baby didn't allow her to be exposed to germs, which is what she's reacting to now.  Building her immunities.  But I'm still thinking blood test to make sure she has no immune deficiencies.   

I know I was sick from birth until about 4 or 5.  I remember.  Ear tubes, sinus washings, tonsillitis umpteen times until they finally removed the scoundrels when I was 2.  But my sinus problems didn't clear up (not until my late 20's actually).  I was also in daycare full time before my 2nd birthday (when all the ENT stuff really got bad), so I always attributed my being so sick to being in daycare.   

Grace had never been sick until school (including dance) this year.  Oh sure, she spiked a temp of unknown origins a couple times, but it always resolved itself in 24 hours, without intervention other than Tylenol..... but never so many colds, never diarhea or vomiting, never sore throats until she got out in public. 

Now it seems to just snowball, one thing on top of another.  Her body hadn't the chance to recover from the intestinal thing, before the cold set in, that cleared up one day before she started coughing.   

She has to go in for a well-checkup soon, so I'll discuss it with her doc and see his point of view.  I'm starting to think her classes aren't the best option if she's going to be sick every week through winter.  But she loves going and I hate to stop them.  What a conundrum.  

Oh well, looking on the bright side....  



quartrlyfecrysis said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you about the job ;)
I also taught my daughter sign language, starting before 1, it helped her communication a lot!
Maybe some extra vitamin C (my mom swears by it) will help boost Gracies immune system, I hope she's feeling better soon :)
take it easy~Bernadette

sarajanesmiles said...

Of course if you are worried about your daughters immune system, ask your doctor about it.  But I just wanted to reassure you that I think it's quite common for little kids to pick up everything going, especially when they're around other little kids!  We have no end of colds and tummy bugs, since J started pre-school, and now school.  Best of luck for that job at the bookstore, sounds like my perfect job!  Would you get a discount?!!
Sara   x

valphish said...

Boy, that must be a conundrum, especially if Gracie loves dance so much.  I didn't like to take my babies out in public either when they were small.   It seems some catch everything, though.  I would talk to your doctor.  I do hope you get that job soon.  I would LOVE working at a bookstore!

vernae69 said...

Borders sounds perfect for u, Miss Bookworm!  I know all too well about viruses and such.  My Mom has done Daycare since I was 5.  I don't remember all the kids being as sick as the ones of today.  We have something different going thru here every other week!

redbaranjj said...

I know how you feel...all summer long Josh is just fine...the minute he hits school...well, just look at this last time, we ended up in childrens hospital.  It's so hard to protect them from everything....