Thursday, February 02, 2006

By my troth, I am exceeding ill: heigh-ho!

I told the girls in my cast two weeks ago that I wanted to write a blog with this title because I felt pretty sick then. This is one of my lines in the play, even though I just realized I've been saying it wrong all along because I didn't even know I was supposed to say, "By my troth," which is a shame because we all love saying that expression and agree that it's fun to say like, "Troth, no!" or "Troth, yeah!" instead of say, "Heck, no!" But I digress...

So, now I am sick for reals. I actually have a bonafide condition! Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I have strep throat! My throat started hurting on Tuesday and last night at about 4 am, I could barely sleep because of the pain. I went to the doctor this morning and when he walked in, the first thing I said was, "I feel so silly that I'm here because of a sore throat but I'm in this show you see..." and then I kept talking and talking which is something I do a bit too much when I'm in an uncomfortable situation. Well, once I stopped talking for two seconds he looked in my mouth and said, "Well, it doesn't look like strep." Then I really did feel silly. So Ethan and I waited for about ten minutes while they tested the culture and Ethan ate about thirty sour raspberry Altoids from my purse while I sat there feeling mad that I had wasted $20. The doctor returned and said, "Well this is why we do cultures. I would have sworn that there was no strep, but you tested positive!" At which point, I of course observed," Yeah, I knew it wasn't just a regular sore throat!" Then, as he was telling me about serious stuff that strep can do to you if it's not caught, Ethan started throwing pennies out of my purse at him. The funniest part was that he didn't even flinch as the pennies kept hitting him. "I have three kids," he deadpanned. I liked him a lot at that point. Finally, he told me I could get a shot of penicillin today or take it in pill form for the next ten days. I asked, "Where does the shot go?" "In the upper buttock." Hee hee. That's why I could never be a doctor. I couldn't say things like that dead-pan. I decided to take the shot. The nurse came back in to give it to me and Ethan held my hand and said, "Don't be scared, Mom," then promptly ditched the bedside manner to go check out the Bugs Bunny band-aid I received. Then we had to stay there for another ten minutes to make sure I didn't have a bad reaction to the shot. I asked the nurse what would happen if I did have a reaction and she simply said, "You'll know!" Uh, thanks! But I didn't feel bad at all. In fact, I could actually feel the drugs coursing through my veins and it was nice. So, I'm feeling good about the "shot-in-the-bum" decision right now. After the doctor's, Ethan and I went to the store to get Ibuprofen, ice cream, popsicles, and donuts. And I will be eating those today and watching my stories. Because, you see, I have a condition...

Oh, and by the way, despite all illnesses, the show is going really well and here are some links to our glowing reviews, in case you are bored and are looking for more mindless stuff to read on the internet.

http://www.provotheatrecompany.com/content.php?contentID=34

http://www.provotheatrecompany.com/content.php?contentID=27

http://www.netxnews.net/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/01/29/43dc1f269d384

http://www.ericdsnider.com/blog/2006/02/01/much-ado-about-much-ado-about-nothing/

9 comments:

Hailey said...

Wow, I can't believe how dorky my first paragraph sounds. I totally take all that back about saying, "Troth, yeah!" to my friends. We SO do not do that...

Jenny said...

"Troth, No!"
Your paragraph is delightful.
BTW...I think the best thing about a shot is the band-aids they supply you with. I've had a few "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" in my day.

Kristen said...

I wonder if my strep incubated in your for 6 weeks. j/k Yeah, it totally sucks. I hope you went to the doctor I told Ben about. I love our old Dr Berry!

Brinna said...

Sorry you're sickly...

But congrats on the play. I'm secretly jealous, because Hero was always one of my dream parts (probably because she is so virtuous and I am SO not).

Mush Ado is a play after my own heart and I'll be sorry to miss it. My favorite line is the "eat his heart in the marketplace" one. One of my short stories is entitled "This Hero Lies" (from the epitaph reading "was the Hero that here lies". Much Ado was also the play I chose to do costume designs for in a competition, and I guess the concept was pretty good because I won... (hehehee!) I set it to the 1880s Gilded Age and the ball scene was complete with masks (Beatrice's was a vixen!)

...All of those things and the nostalgia of singing "Sigh no more, ladies sigh no more!" at the top of my lungs when I was 15...

Good times...

Sorry this was so long... FEEL BETTER!

Betina said...

What a cute little boy. Tender, but still throws things at innocent bystanders. This is just how a little boy should be, eh!

April Fossen said...

I went through EXACTLY the same thing a couple of weeks ago. I didn't even know they gave bum shots to adults anymore. But I'm so glad I got it. I was over it in a couple of days. In fact, I think my butt hurt for longer than my throat did.

Jenni Smith said...

Cutie Ethan--trying to assure you. And what great reviews of your play! Wish we could come see it!

lisa v. clark said...

I just got over strep throat, too! I think we're being punished (somehow "the numbers" are involved) for not watching our stories together and eating Wal-Mart chocolate donuts. . . WE'VE RUINED THE SYSTEM! (am I into Lost too much?)

Shawn said...

My poor little Hailey---soooo sick and her Mum isn't there to take care of her!

But then again...you were never sick growing up....so you deprived me of that often...

I'm so happy for you...

You have a great show going and now...

You have a real sickness...