UPDATE: Ella definitely has mono, also known in New Zealand as glandular fever. She seems to be over the worst of the fever, but it looks like we have some weeks of low energy ahead of us. Right now she's bored out of her mind. "What can I do while sitting down? I've been on the internet and I'm sick of that."
This was one of the least productive weeks ever. There was the usual walking in the woods and driving Ella around, plus two mornings of typing up already-developed curriculum into a mapping program, getting the dogs in for their annual shots at the vet, consulting with an oral surgeon about an apicoectomy on tooth 14, and taking a bunch of head shots of Tina for her work website profile (none of which she really liked). It all chopped up my days into little pieces not big enough to get anything meaningful done in, although if I really wanted to, I bet I would have, so I need to address that with myself.
The week was topped off by Ella (who never gets more than the occasional cold) spiking a fever of 103.1 after all the walk-in clinics closed for the evening on Friday, so I had to take her to the ER, where they did a rapid strep test that came back negative, sent a swab off to the lab for a culture, brought her temperature down with ibuprofen and an ice pop, then sent us home with instructions to check in with her primary doctor on Monday. Probably gonna be the most expensive ibuprofen she's ever taken, but I am lucky enough to have good insurance. We're not medical professionals, but we like to think we're pretty good at looking stuff up on the internet, and over the last two days we have become more and more convinced she's got mono, although it is too early for antibodies to show up in a blood test. So there goes the rest of the summer. The whole business has been a combination of scary-to-see-your-kid-with-a-high-fever and boring-sitting-around-waiting-because-you-don't-want-to-leave-her-alone-but-there's-nothing-to-do.