Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dazed and Confused

If there was ever a time I was thankful to have a kid with a stomach ache it was yesterday. I woke up Monday morning with, I guess, allergy crud. Sore, scratchy throat. Itchy eyes. Ughh. Of course, we were in the middle of TCAP testing (our annual achievement tests) and though I don’t have my own classes anymore, I help by administering the tests to a small group who are required to have such tests read aloud.

After part one of the science test, which lasted nearly an hour, I had to seek some relief during the break. I found what I was looking for - and then some - in a drawer in the office. Children’s Benadryl - especially formulated for allergy symptoms. It was an old, unopened bottle set to expire in just a couple months so I decided to take advantage. One of the office ladies asked if it wouldn’t make me sleepy. Naaaa. Not me. So I poured a swigful in the little plastic cup and down she went.

Fast forward another hour to the end of part 2 of the science test. I started feeling a little drowsy. Hmmm. Strange. Once my small group of test takers had dispersed back to their regular locations it was time to get some paperwork done. Upon plopping down in my office chair and beginning to focus on my computer screen it was ALL I could do to keep myself awake. I honestly thought I might have to apply masking tape to my eye lids to keep them open. Can you imagine? Some poor kid comes in to check out James and the Giant Peach and sees something like this sitting behind the desk.

Lucky for me, John-Heath became sick right about this same time. The call from his school nurse was music to my ears (No, momma. I am not ashamed to say that). He wasn’t seriously ill so I thought it was okay to rejoice in my ticket home. Anyway, one of the perks to being in a near comatose state was being able to enjoy a nap with my little boy. Those are few and far between anymore.

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Farmchick said...

Glad you survived. I cannot take that stuff. Makes me pass out!

Heather said...

Antihistamines can really throw you for a loop! I've taken them and had the opposite effect...they can make me extremely hyper! This is no fun either!

Tyla said...

Let's just say I now know what I should take if I ever want to fall asleep quickly at night. lol