Saturday, December 30, 2006


Whatever Gets You Through the Night...

The Girl has had a cough, off-and-on, for a few days now. It's much worse at night. Last night she had a particularly bad coughing fit, during which The Wife went to her room and gave her some Mucinex. A half-hour later, she was up coughing again, yelling “Me want medicine!”

She thinks that medicine works immediately. If only it were so...

Since you aren't supposed to give more than one dose every four hours, but she wouldn't stop chanting “Me want medicine!” and we all needed the sleep, I decided that drastic measures were in order.

I took the dosing spoon (aside: love them dosing spoons! They're hollow tubes, with spoon-scoops at th end. The tube has calibrations on it, so you can pour a teaspoon or two of medicine into it as needed and give it to the kid directly. Genius, I tells ya.) downstairs and put in a teaspoon of orange juice. When I got back upstairs I gave it to her, letting her believe it was her medicine. The room was dark, and she wanted to believe it, so she did. She actually went back to sleep, and eventually, so did we. In an odd way, I'm actually proud of this.

Placebos: they're not just for breakfast anymore!

A nice cognac is even better, especially if she shares. Good luck
One of my early memories is how angry my parents were one night at the doctor for telling them just to give me hard candy for coughing once when I was a kid. I sometimes fall back on that remedy still when I'm out of cough / sore throat lozenges and fluids aren't helping(I despise cough syrup).
Sugar-free candies are also excellent cough soothers.

It's Liz from I Speak of Dreams. A bit of a subject hijack here, but I just wanted to say: Happy New Year to you and yours. I wish you all the best for 2007.
As Steven Wright says, "I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter."
Is this story a metaphor for good administration? Hmmmm....

Happy New Year!
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