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98.6 Fahrenheit

This has been my 2009 so far. One broken wrist. Daughter, right hand, right-handed. Six weeks of bathing her and her long, dead animalish hair, doing her homework. One viral infection in same daughter originally diagnosed as a sinus infection leading to antibiotics and diarrhea, dark circles under her eyes, high fever. Out of school...

Crack Goes The Scaphoid

It happened in a split second. My daughter fell off of her brother’s bike. She didn’t cry after she fell but she sure did complain for the rest of the day and night. At some point, I guess it was around 3 in the morning when I couldn’t sleep, I realized that she needed to...

Getting Old(er)

My 43rd birthday is in less than a month. My body is slowly failing me. Allow me to lament the ways: As mentioned before, I have moderate hearing loss at high frequency levels. I just found this out last month. Now, I notice the loss all of the time. I have gained 8 pounds in...

Viral Milestone

After all of these years of working on computers, I finally got it. My first virus. XP Antispyware 2009. Those fuckers (yes, that’s what they are) make a virus that manifests itself as a communication from Microsoft. They even call it XP. Someone, probably an unsuspecting elementary school student child of mine, clicked on something...

Folliculee, follicula….

One Neighborhood Block PartyOne Bounce HouseOne day later, at least half a dozen kids (including one of mine) with itching, stinging rashes over varying parts of their bodyFour physicians (3 pediatricians, including mine, and a dermatologist) and one school nurseFour differing diagnoses (including atypical chicken pox)One threat of suing (litigious society)Final diagnosis: Hot-tub folliculitis caused...