Cabin Fever

Posted on 09 Mar 2022 by Steve Markham

Lewis woke up at 1am with a headache and fever. I didn’t get out the thermometer until after I had given him Tylenol and put a cool washcloth on his head, so I was taking his temperature on temples, cheeks, neck, and belly. The highest reading was 106 point something, but there were lots of 102s and a 104. By 4am it was down to 100.6, and this morning it was gone. COVID rapid test was negative, but he needs another negative test in 36 hours before he can return to school. Needless to say, he is sad about the headache but very, very happy about not going to school. My original plan was 8 hours of screen time, but after <45 minutes his headache got worse, and he deduced that screens cause headaches.

Since he's my hiking buddy, we went over to Indian Kill to stretch our legs.
Since he's my hiking buddy, we went over to Indian Kill to stretch our legs.

The trail was very icy where people have packed down the snow. Daddies like that, because it’s a good excuse to hold hands. Lewis said he was like a squirrel, because he could jump and always land where he intended to. He hopped over dozens of ice patches and never landed bad. We did have a few slips, but no hard falls.

I don't know what's up with all the rings in the foam. Probably it has something to do with the ice, but I've never seen anything like that before.
I don't know what's up with all the rings in the foam. Probably it has something to do with the ice, but I've never seen anything like that before.
On the way out I let him crunch up some thin ice.
On the way out I let him crunch up some thin ice.
He *is* a kid, you know.