This morning she got up and showered and as we sat working on the homework with her spewing mucus all over herself and beyond, she couldn't figure out how to subtract 12 from 19. I knew then her day was over. She's been fighting this mucus for two weeks; ever since I hauled her into the doctor right before Christmas thinking she had strep again.
I called the nurse this morning who told me it was viral and to pump liquids, then thought she should check with the pediatrician first. This was a good call on her part because he wanted to see her.
Apparently, a child who's had a stuffy nose and cough for two weeks probably has a sinus infection even though the mucus is clear (I know this because she's been spewing it) and she has no fever. And most especially if your normally, highly intelligent 13-year old can't subtract 12 from 19 without a calculator
I've learned a lot about age since my kids have become teens. It's not because I am aging (although, unfortunately, I'm learning more than I ever wanted to know about that too), but rather what may be okay for an adult isn't okay for a kid, even .if they are, at 13 years old, taller than you. I tend to start thinking of them as adults now that they are teens, but I shouldn't.
Another interesting fact about a teen's health is weight loss. My oldest daughter is interested in losing some weight and she wants to try Weight Watchers, which is a really good and sensible program (when a person sticks to it.... ahem) and as a teen she needs a permission slip from a doctor with a weight goal. I thought it was kind of dumb; shoot, she's way taller than me at 5'10".
I figured I'd just pretend she was an adult and do the program at home with her, but she was interested in attending the meetings. I actually think it's a good idea for her to attend meetings so she can take charge of herself, because I'm big on her taking charge of herself this year. So I talked to her doctor today while I was there with my youngest and he told me it's dangerous for young teens to lose a lot of weight in a year; it puts their body's electrolytes out of balance. So, although he approved her to join Weight Watchers, he put restrictions on the amount she should lose and then she has to have a doctor's visit every three months.
I guess the Weight Watchers people knew what they were talking about and now I know why teens have to pay as they go and not have a monthly, automatic fee taken out of a checking account.
Wow! Who's dumb now? Aging is painful. Not just mine.