I am a medicine man, I do a medicine dance-- Bobby McFerrin
I am a medicine man, I sing a medicine chant
I am a medicine man, I have a medicine tale
I am a medicine man, I walk a medicine trail
Couldn't figure a way to embed the song as background music for the post, but it's available for a free listen at this link (click the play button on the widget on the right of the page you come to).
Medicine. Hoo boy, do we got medicine at this house. Here's the dosing that I'm responsible for:
- For JoyMama first thing in the morning: swallow 3 pills, inhale one dose.
- For Joy at breakfast: one oral syringe, four chewable pills, one powdered dose mixed in yogurt.
- For Rose at breakfast: one oral syringe
- For Joy at lunch: one oral syringe (Lynda administers this on daycare days)
- For Rose at lunch: one capsule mixed into yogurt (on school days we move this to breakfast or dinner)
- For Rose at dinner: one oral syringe
- For Joy half an hour before bedtime: one oral syringe, four chewable tablets, three tablets crushed and mixed with jam.
- For JoyMama at bedtime: Inhale one dose.
It's a lot to keep track of, and I imagine some of you have meds routines that are more complicated still than this!
Unfortunately Rose & Joy's meds don't lend themselves to pre-loading into those daily pill-boxes, since so much is powder and liquid.
Fortunately all the Rose dosing will drop out in a couple of days -- she's getting antibiotics for strep, and acidophilus to try and keep some good bugs in her. (As an entomologist-in-training, she loves the terminology "good bugs / bad bugs" though she knows we're not really talking about insects. After all, her doses don't have an exoskeleton, six legs, and three body parts...)
You know, this recent series of posts reminds me of one of my fascinations as a grade-schooler. I used to love the anatomy pages in our Compton's Encyclopedia set (I think that was the one; we acquired a more up-to-date Collier's set later on, if I recall correctly. As if that matters, other than to a librarian!) Instead of the regular paper, these were transparent overlays, building a human being from the back to the front. Each overlay added more organs and bones and whatnot, all with terminology and descriptions. I remember that's how I learned the word "esophagus," because I had to ask a parent how to pronounce it!
Anyway. It strikes me that with these recent posts, I'm building an anatomy of our days, one overlay at a time. I've still got a few more overlays to go before the post of what a House Blend session looks like. This meds-dosage overlay doesn't apply to that, but does of course apply to the anatomy of the daily routine here.