Just In Case

Just as I was about to head out to the gym Wednesday morning, my son called.

"Mom, I hate to bother you but Mia has a temp. Do you think you can come over and stay with her today?"

"Let me let the dogs out, brush my teeth, change real quick and I'm on my way." 

Leaving the bathroom, something told me to grab my black leather backpack, which I use for overnights...just in case.  I keep the necessities in it all the time...a pair of jammies along with a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, two days of my vitamins and allergy pill, brush/comb.

But it's times like this that I wish I didn't live over an hour away.  It seemed to take forever to get to my sons but luckily he has the kind of job that is flexible enough to accommodate situations like this so he was able to leave for work once I arrived.

Mia ran a low grade fever Wednesday and Thursday so we focused on low-key activities. Although her appetite and mood seemed fine, my DIL her to the doctor's on Thursday afternoon.   Because of her symptoms, they wanted to test for strep.

Yep...positive.  She would stop being contagious after 24 hours of the antibiotic, a bubble gum flavored liquid taken for ten days to wipe out the bacterial infection.

My DIL had made arrangements to be home with Mia on Friday so Nana was hugged, thanked and able to hit the road when Daddy got home Thursday afternoon.  As I left, my son said, "Mom, I'm so sorry." 

When I got home and "Googled" strep, I found out a lot. Hmmm...perhaps that's why I felt so tired all week and had a bit of a scratchy throat.  It didn't matter.  Home now, jammies on, I skipped Tai Chi that night and the gym the next day to avoid "sharing".

Even though I'd been exposed to strep for a few days, the fact that I was able to help them out still made me feel good.  Recovering nicely and no longer contagious, Mia is doing well.  In fact, the little "Daisy" was seen in front of a local grocery store , selling Girl Scout Cookies.

On the drive home, I got to thinking...helping others is just part of our nature.

Do you have a "just in case" bag ready?


E. Beth. said…
i guess i sort of have one. sort of?! what a great idea. so smart in case you need to run. on the go. ( :
Strep is not fun. Pierce caught it from his BFF last spring. Luckily, the rest of us didn't get it.
Mimsie said…
How wonderful that you took your bag 'just in case' and yes it is in our nature to help out when we can. Sorry though that you have been poorly and hope you will feel better very soon. Glad the little one is better.
I am now too old to 'help out' so no bag packed these days. I did my bit for the family when my 6 grandchildren were young and enjoyed doing it.
Glad to read that Mia and you are both feeling better, JP. While neither of us have "just in case" bags packed, it is a great idea. We have gotten quicker at packing things, and so could most likely throw one together if needed in a hurry. And, yes helping others is a great thing!
MadSnapper said…
they are blessed you are close enough to go running when there is a need... i would have been lost without my mother. she was only 10 minutes away... and she was like you, i rang she came...
no bag for me, have not left home since April 2007.
Anonymous said…
I remember strep from when I was a kid...not fun....glad the little tyke is feeling better.
MorningAJ said…
I'm glad she's feeling better. And I hope you feel better very soon. Although it might just be that you were quick to go help and now you are tired after the worry and the journey.
But 'just in case' take it easy!
TexWisGirl said…
glad you didn't catch it!
Chatty Crone said…
I'm glad that you didn't get it - and no not every would do what you do or can't.
Chatty Crone said…
PS I don't have to have a bag ready - he lives here! lol
Ann said…
I've never had strep and I don't care to either. Nice that you are able to help them out in situations like that.
I don't have a just in case bag
Candy C. said…
What a good grandma you are! I'm glad Mia is doing better now. :)
eileeninmd said…
I am glad you and Mia are feeling better. Your are a great grandma. Enjoy your week ahead!
I'm glad your Mia is doing better. And I'm glad you're feeling better, too. How wonderful for your family that you are close by and can help. I don't have a bag like that, but I really should.
Rambling Woods said…
A good part of human nature

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