January 28, 2010

Would it be as Cool as Being a Teenage Werewolf? I think NOT.

I'm preparing for the annual school carnival, the one that makes me bat crap crazy, sending me on google looking for prices of sensory deprivation tanks after the whole deal is over.

I'm alive. Bonus.

I'll be off and on, depending on how far into overload I get this year as we've made some big changes to the side of the carnival I run, and if we can make it through with no glitches... well then... the Gods are surely shining upon me. If not, I'll probably end up in the fetal position come Sunday night when it's over.

But y'all know that.

So let me end this evening with what I thought was a funny story.

My eldest has had a sore ear for the last three days. Not sore on the inside like canal, but this soreness is on the part of the ear near the canal that is the scoopy part. Not the cartilage that forms the ear, but the base of that part.

It's been tender to the touch and I've examined it for clogged oil glands and what not. I told him, let's give it a few days and see how it goes. I thought perhaps he'd been bitten by something.

This morning he woke up and it was literally twice it's size, cauliflower ear, and the lymphatic tissue behind it was now inflamed. My first thought? Phew, he had his meningitis vaccine. My second thought? Dang, now I HAVE to take him.

He had a vocab test in English today, the very last class of the day. This teacher is a TOUGH teacher and although he is at the point he gets A's on papers he writes for her (he's very creative and an excellent writer), her actual tests, like Vocab tests, he struggles considerably with.

Today he didn't want to take it. His pede appointment was at 11:15 and for some reason he thought this would give him an out to take it tomorrow.


He kept saying, "I can study EVEN MORE!" to which I replied, "Tough love. You should be ready already. You're taking the damn test."

So that's the scene. Doctor's appt, vocab test, and his feeling like he needs to study more and my not giving a crap. I kept saying, "Suck it up."

We got to Dr. B's office and Ringo is STILL trying to convince me that he shouldn't go back to school. Hell, he tried to weasel out of going at all at 6AM. He was working every wicked trick from logic, to guilt, to persuasiveness to comedy.

None of it was working, although the comedy was working best.

In walks Dr. B, who we all love and with whom we laugh... a lot. Dr. B looks in his ears and notices the inflamed lymphatic tissue. And the following conversation ensues to the best of my recollection:

Ringo: I don't want to go back to school because I have a vocab test.

Dr. B: So I gather. I heard that going on...

Ringo: So this needs to be bad. It needs to be contagious. It needs to be... a flesh eating bacteria so I don't have to take my test.

Dr. B: *blink*

Ringo: Look, I have a HIGH B in that class right now which is the best I've ever had in her class. If I take this test, I could drop down... a lot. So flesh eating bacteria is best.

Dr. B, holding his hands like the hands of justice, weighing out the options: Hmmm, let me see... hmmm... a C or worse on a vocab test versus having half your face eaten away. Hmmm (moving his hands back and forth) Yeah, maybe I can see why this is such a difficult dilemma... (rolling his eyes and starting to laugh really hard)

Ringo, laughing: Exactly! You see my point. I need to have the flesh eating disease. I could actually pull an A in this class if not for this Vocab test...

And with that we all laughed... and he took his Vocab test.

Obviously he didn't have any flesh eating bacteria. Good Grief.

Posted by Boudicca at January 28, 2010 10:49 PM

but the verdict was...? hope he's ok!

Posted by: S at January 28, 2010 11:36 PM

We're not sure what it is. We have an anti-biotic as it doesn't look great. It does appear that he might have been bitten by something and got infected, but by what, we have not a clue.

Definitely nothing fleshy/eaty.

Posted by: Bou at January 28, 2010 11:45 PM

But did he survive the vocabulary test?

Posted by: PeggyU at January 29, 2010 03:53 PM

.... wow... that must have been some vocab test!.... yeesh!.....

Posted by: Eric at January 30, 2010 08:40 AM