Thursday, November 11, 2010

Breathing and Book Clubs

We're having a breathless sort of week in my house. For months, my son has been struggling with his asthma and last week, a chest infection has sent him spiraling downward. This week alone has seen ten hours in doctors offices, one chest xray, seven prescription drugs to be taken daily, and at least ten breathing treatments a day (including throughout the night). And to top it off, my husband is away all week (a twice-yearly experience that always makes me want to send flowers to all single moms and military wives I know because these women deserve medals for doing it solo all the time).

Yesterday, we spent three hours at the doctor's office as our pediatrician did her best to keep us out of the hospital. I love love love our pediatrician, one of those fabulous doctors who takes the time to talk to you and never makes you feel like she's just thinking about the next patient she has to see.

After popping in to the exam room to check on our progress, Dr. B spied my copy of Sara Gruen's Ape House (loved it, by the way -- not as much as Water for Elephants, but only because WforE is one of my all time favorite books). We had a great chat about books and exchanged some recommendations. She also told me about the book club she belongs to. I must admit that as she was telling me about it, I felt like a high school wannabe, fairly desperate to join this group of cool kids.

A group of sisters created Buttery Books, a book club that does themed book club parties, complete with recipes, etc. You can check out their website here. I love their selection of books and the recipes and ideas are great. You can also contribute your own ideas and suggestions to their site.

If you go visit, I'd love to hear what you think.


  1. sending hugs ur way and hope ur son gets better soon. My husband just got back from a 5 week biz trip, i did a tribute to single writerly moms out there on my blog I know what you mean. Hang in there and will check out the book club sounds like fun

  2. I am so sorry your son is having a tough time.

    I've had pneumonia for a total of five years in my life (that's almost a quarter of my life) and that doesn't include recovery time. This stuff is hard and too many people take the ability to breathe for granted.

    My thoughts and hopes are with you.

  3. What a fun book club. I'll check out the link. Hope you all can get that asthma under control real soon. My daughter had it, and it has been really rough sometimes.

  4. The book club sounds like fun. Thanks for the link and for taking the time. Hope your son is better soon, really soon. He's been thru/is going thru a lot. No fun! Lots of hugs your way!! And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours (and that everyone is well, laughing and enjoying the day!)

  5. Hope your son's doing much better now. My oldest son was asthmatic but fortunately for him he outgrew it.

    Thanks for the link about the book club!