Yep, I’m home today.
The kid is sick.
Flu or a bad cold, looks like.
He wasn’t feeling great yesterday, but insisted on going to school. Yes, this did seem odd. Later I learned that he didn’t want to miss the “high ropes.” The high ropes are something new in gym class this year. It’s a climbing thing, with harnesses and pulleys and zip lines and such. Seems very cool, and I can understand why a 13-year wouldn’t want to miss it.
Just one problem, it’s outside.
And yesterday it was cold and raining as only Alaska at the end of summer can be. Just this last week we’ve got snow a thousand feet down the mountain. The leaves are yellow and falling in great wet soggy piles. The temperature at night is in the low 40’s and there’s distinct chill in the air during the day. Did I mention the cold rain?
So, he went to school not feeling well, and then didn’t have enough sense to stay out of the cold and wet.
And we had a band concert last night on top of things.
This morning he’s running a fever and croaking like a frog.
Yeah, we’ll be seeing the doctor today.
That’ll learn him.
Well, the good news is that it’s not swine flu.
The bad news is that it’s a fully developed case of strep throat.