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Days… Part II

December 11th, 2009

So we have all been medicated.   And though scabies will disappear in two days on treated humans, it takes 10 to 14 days for them to completely leave the dog alone.   For that reason, we will need to vacuum and mop everyday until that time (including vacuuming the furniture), and wash all of our clothing at the end of each day in hot water.   Tell me this isn’t fun.

The kids are already sick of the vacuum.   Come to think of it, this is like psycho-therapy on someone like me, who is admittedly obsessive/compulsive about vacuuming the house.     I had even already done today’s vacuuming when Cooper found a full bag of ground Starbucks coffee in the pantry and decided to dump it onto the kitchen floor.   He then “skated” in it, cackling all the while.   I turned around the the baked spaghetti casserole I was preparing to see the source of the mirth and told Kenny to run get the dust-buster.  

He came back with it, triumphant, until he dropped it at my feet, where it promptly broke into two useless pieces.   I went to get the vacuum, instructing him to keep Cooper and his ground-coffee-studded clothes in the kitchen.   I came back to find both Dudley, both front paws on the counter, eating the cold spaghetti right out of the casserole dish.   I swatted him, not very nicely, and handed Kenny the vacuum and said, “Go for it.”   Then I examined the spaghetti to see where Dudley had eaten, and with surgeon-like precision, extracted the dog-slobbered parts.   It was going to be cooked anyway, right?

Thirty minutes later the boys and I sat down to dinner.   Thirty minutes after that, they were both bathed and sound asleep, a full 40 minutes before their real bedtime.

I am now on laundry load at-least 20… considering that we had to wash all the sheets, blankets and comforters two nights in a row as a result of the pesticide we had to put on ourselves.   Dudley has been released from his 36 some-odd hours of quarantine in the office, and is now merely captive to the downstairs of the house.   I am not washing the down comforters again!   He is mad as a hornet.   Cry me a river, you mangy mutt, I told him.

Nobody slept well in our house the last two nights, first with Dudley barking his head off in the office, then with him whining at the foot of the stairs all night last night.   Kenny was up at 2 and climbed into our bed, where he snored 2 inches from my head for the next hour.   Cooper was up at 3:30, then at 5, screaming, I can only imagine, because he was cold, having kicked his blankets off.   Finally at 5:30 I climbed into Kenny’s vacant bed with Cooper where we both slept fitfully for the next hour and a half.   I am determined that we will sleep tonight.   I know that Dudley’s going to whine, but I have to be optimistic that we will sleep through it tonight.

I am determined that Tomorrow will be an easy day.


  1. Christy says

    Oh.my.GOODNESS! You have certainly had an exciting past few months.
    I will be praying for a good night’s sleep for ALL of you, including Dudley.
    I hope you have a calm next few weeks ahead of you!

    December 11th, 2009 | #

  2. Kris says

    Wow! Good luck with everything!

    December 12th, 2009 | #

  3. Kimberly says

    What a bummer! I will be praying for your sanity!

    December 14th, 2009 | #

  4. Bridget says

    How awful! 🙁 I’m sorry to hear you’re having such a rough time. Here’s hoping for better nights sleep in your family’s future!

    I know this is O/T, but I thought you & the other readers here might be interested: K’NEX is giving away tickets to Sesame Place & Sesame Street toys! All you need is an email address to enter: http://snurl.com/knex-sesame-place

    December 14th, 2009 | #

  5. Sara says

    Whew, good luck!! Eventually the scabies will be gone and life will return to normal. Hang in there…

    December 14th, 2009 | #

  6. Abilene says

    Wow, what a challenge! Hang in there, you’re in my thoughts. As if you need something else to worry about – I’ve been trying to campaign to get concerned parents to pay attention to what schools are using to disinfect for H1N1. Many don’t realize that cleaning supplies are often more hazardous than the H1N1virus itself. Here are some resources to help parents determine what their schools are using, and what they should be using: H1N1 in Schools Environmental Working Group Report on Schools

    December 15th, 2009 | #

  7. Arthur says

    I like your blog. I can relate. Hope things get better.

    February 9th, 2010 | #

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