Posts Tagged ‘swine flu’

Swine Flu Parties? Are You Kidding Me?

Friday, January 8th, 2010
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Note to any parent who is thinking that taking their kids to a “swine flu party” is a dandy idea: I wish you could have seen my then-13-year-old son in early November. (Matt gave me his OK to talk about his bout with H1N1 because he thinks purposely exposing a child to this virus is the craziest thing he’s ever heard of.)

My healthy, baseball-playing, junior-lifeguard son was fine one day and had a fever of 102.5 the next. (Full disclosure: Matt did get the H1N1 vaccination, but it takes about two weeks to be fully effective, according to his doctor, and he got sick before it became fully effective.)

He got so sick he developed a form of vertigo that was so severe he couldn’t roll over in bed without the room spinning. He ended up in the ER with pneumonia. He missed almost two weeks of school. Taking your listless child to the ER is as scary thing. Seeing him hooked up to IVs with fluids and antibiotics isn’t fun, either. (more…)

Idol Mania Hits the Sena House!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

When you're a mom with a 13-year-old boy, it can become harder and harder to find things in common. Sure, I go to Matt's baseball games and cheer him on, I chauffeur him from school to piano lessons to sports practices. I help quiz him on Spanish verbs before a big test.

But it's the little fun things we talked about when he was a kid that can get lost when a child hits the teens — and starts to prefer to share those little daily laughs with friends.

That's why it has been so much fun to get completely caught up in American Idol with Matt this season. "What will Danny sing tonight?" "Wow, isn't Adam amazing?" "Can you believe Allison is only 17?" "Would Adam do a better job than Axel Rose on 'Welcome to the Jungle?'" (I'd love to find out.)

How amazing it is that my teenage son plays The Who when he's hanging out in his room — like I once did. (Still a big fan.) That together we scoured the Web to find sheet music for the arrangement of "Mad World" that Adam sang on Idol? (Matt's now learning to play it on the piano and he's planning to make a CD for me for Mother's Day.)

How lucky am I that, every Tuesday and Wednesday night, Matt hurries to get his homework done so we can snuggle on the couch and watch something fun that has nothing to do with the economy, swine flu, war, politics or even that ever-present upcoming pop quiz in Spanish?

P.S. Go Adam! ;)