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  1. Joanne says:

    Poor, poor Paco. I was felled by strep as a child; I remember it as lying unconscious in bed for a week, my mother occasionally rousing me for orange juice and a pill. The last attack was my second year in college; I lay in the clinic for a week and didn’t go home for Christmas. That was it; I guess I outgrew it. I hope Paco does.

  2. Pearl says:

    Aww, poor boy. I had my tonsils out when I was 20. Best thing I ever did for myself outside of buy the awesome dark green suede heels I’m wearing.

    Take them out. Before they had been removed, I had missed at least a full month of work, off and on, for a year. Since then? I am, truly, rarely ill.


  3. Julie says:

    My Paco, my sister’s husband, just got diagnosed with stage 4 tonsil cancer, so just hearing about your Paco dealing with tonsil issues, I think, “get it out, get it out now!” It’s been a crazy few months as they begin the process of figuring out and getting treatment and hopefully it’s all heading in a positive direction.
    I feel fortunate that my boys have never tested positive for strep-throat and knock on wood, stay relatively healthy throughout the years. It is hard to see your child not feeling well and nothing that you offer makes them perk up.

  4. kmkat says:

    Poor baby, I hope he is feeling better now. Thank FSM for antibiotics.

  5. “The boy next to me, the boy who almost looks me in the eye these days but who has the softest skin I’ve ever touched.”

    I had strep every year until I was well into my twenties and had added alcohol to my treatment options. I was famously (in my family) described by my doctor as having “tonsils the size of hamburgers” but he refused to rip them out because he had a suspicion they were probably good for something. Maybe: that I never got anything else, and the tonsils took the brunt of everything. Who knows? They’re still there. I never get strep anymore.

  6. Lil says:

    Oh how happy I am to have gotten mine taken out at about 6.

    Poor Paco – sounds like hell “I’m disintegrating” Ouch.

  7. alexandra says:

    I disappear into your writing.

    I really do.

  8. Maria says:

    I had my tonsils out at 8 and what I remember the most is that my parents bought me a box of chocolate covered cherries to eat when I was better. SO, two weeks later…I ripped off the cellophane and found a box of stale candies….Ugh.

    My Liv never suffered from sore throats much. With her, it was stomach aches. Every day on the first day of school, I would drive her there while she silently gagged in the back seat, looking balefully at me. She still has a sensitive stomach. Don’t know where she gets it. Mine can tolerate nearly anything except antibiotics. I puke them up immediately, break into hives or faint. Allergic to almost all of them. And of course, I handed this down to her. It is the job of us parents to hand down the disgusting things. My parents gave me really bad teeth and my Da gave me type 1 diabetes and premature gray hair. When Liv was a toddler and I’d take her to the playground, all the other Mothers would talk about how great the lovely pink bubblegum antibiotics were! So easy to get their kids to take them! Not Liv. She’d throw it up immediately, usually on me. Hope Paco is better soon. Strep sucks. The big one.

  9. chlost says:

    Oh, I just want to hug that boy and make it better! Our boys both had ear infections, strep throat and combinations thereof throughout their childhoods. For some reason, our daughter did not. They both had tubes more than once. Finally, the youngest, the one with tonsils the size of golf balls-and which also kissed each other in the back of his throat, had his adenoids removed. Not his tonsils. He is now one of the most healthy young men I’ve known. Now he is the father of three little girls….two of whom have tonsils the size of golf balls. It makes me wince in sympathy. I hope your sweet boy is feeling better now.

  10. oreneta says:

    Poor thing, terrible stuff strep. I’m assuming he’s feeling better by now, and it is nice to hear from you!


  11. I have had strep throat once. I think I was 46.

    Poor baby!

  12. christopher says:

    He’s a wonderful boy with great patience and fortitude.

    I lean away from surgery unless clearly necessary.

    A couple more disintegrating episodes may bring that clarity.

    Hope he’s feeling better now.

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