Officer from drug unit to be PTSA speaker

NEIGHBORS

January 20, 1995|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

Savvy parents know the scene all too well, especially when you have something important on your schedule.

"Mom, I don't feel well. My throat hurts."

In the middle of breakfast, making lunches and the normal morning confusion, you search for your trusty flashlight. Usually it's not where you normally keep it, and if by some chance it is, the batteries are dead.

After a 10-minute search for a good battery, you peer down your child's throat searching for the dreaded white spots. Even though I have many years experience in the mom game, I must admit my fear of trying to peer down kids throats looking for spots.

Are the spots supposed to be little or big? Are they neat dots of white germs or are they blobby masses?

No spots this morning. Temperature was OK, a little below normal, but acceptable. A headache? Two Tylenol will take care of that.

I've got too much scheduled today to have a sick kid.

My Dr. Mom diagnosis was almost complete and a final determination about school attendance about to be rendered when she dropped the bomb: "Mom, please check my back, it really itches."

The next few hours are a blur, involving the real doctor, a throat culture, the pharmacy, then back home.

Strep had struck.

My deadline had long since passed, and my parental guilt was rising quickly. I retired to the kitchen to make the required bowl of chicken soup while finishing up this column.

The soup boiled over, and my sick kid was muttering about suing Dr. Mom for malpractice.

Something tells me I'll have to misplace the TV remote until she recovers.

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Officer Tony Werner, a member of the county police Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, better known as D.A.R.E., will be the guest speaker at the Northeast High School PTSA meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"Officer Werner's presentation is very informative for parents and students alike," said Linda Tetrault, PTSA president.

The meeting in the school media center is open to the community.

4 For more information, call the school, 437-6400.

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Local youth hoop hot shots, ages 10 to 14, are invited to compete in the annual Knights of Columbus, Council 10966 basketball free throw event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Northeast High School.

The event is open to boys and girls. No entry fee is required.

Winners at the local level will be eligible to advance to the district and state K of C competition.

For more details, call 437-2917.

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Turn your trash into cash at the Stoney Creek Democratic Club indoor flea market Feb. 4 at the Fort Smallwood Road clubhouse.

Shopping hours will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tables are available for $10 each.

Call 255-4266.

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The Riviera Girls Softball League 10-and-under and 12-and-under county select teams are co-sponsoring a St. Patrick's Day Dance from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Earleigh Heights Fire Hall on Ritchie Highway.

Tickets are $15 per person and include beer and setups with Rebound playing.

Call Joe Hart, 255-9921, or Brent Lounge, 360-0536 for tickets.

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