One Little Mistake

Sometimes even the smallest of mistakes can have big consequences.

We made a small mistake — one little mistake.

One of Zippy’s parents — I won’t mention any names so as to protect the guilt-ridden man — accidentally gave him his morning dose of medicines at bedtime.  Oops.

Now, in case you don’t know, Zachary is a very medicated child.  He has health issues and psychological issues that require lots of meds.

In the morning he takes 3 pills:  one blue, one white, and one sorta peachy colored one.  He also takes 2 puffs of Advair (a preventative asthma drug).  And a couple of vitamins for good measure.

At bedtime he takes 2 puffs of Advair and swallows only the peachy colored pill.

Well, Sunday night, one of the parents accidentally served up Zach’s morning meds and told him to take them.

Alas, Zach did not obey immediately.  Go figure.

So The Parent reprimanded him, “Zippy, come here and take your pills!”

Picture The Other Parent in another room overhearing the above words.  The words entered in through her ears and slowly, ever so slowly took on meaning.  Took on a meaning that didn’t quite measure up in her little head.  Slowly, slowly, ever so slowly a very small “ding” sounded in her head — an alarm of sorts.

“Did you say Pills — like plural??” she called from the other room.

Then there was a little ruckus in the kitchen as The Parent rushed over to Zach, frantically urging him to “STOP!!!”

Upon inspecting the countertop, only the peachy colored pill remained.  The nighttime peachy colored pill.

The blue and white pills had already been swallowed.

As The Parent slapped himself repeatedly in the forehead, repeating apologies over and over, Zach ran from the room in a panic, crying.

Both parents assured him that he would be totally fine.  It’s no big deal.  It was just a little mistake.  And sent him off to take the peachy colored pill.

The guilt-ridden parent put the boys to bed while The Other Parent called the pharmacy to make sure he would really be okay.

The pharmacist did a little research and reported back that he would be fine, but that since one of the pills is a stimulant (and not a small dose of it either!) he would probably not be sleeping.  “Keep your eye on him because he won’t be asleep.”

Pharmacists are smart.  For real.  The man was 100% right.  Zachary did not even doze until 6:00 Monday morning.

One little mistake.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paul on April 6, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Thanks for broadcasting my parental incompetence.


    • Posted by Mark on April 7, 2010 at 1:36 PM

      Gotta love blogs, huh, Paul? She did say it was just one little mistake. Interestingly, though, she failed to mention which one of the parents had the fun job of staying up with him. I somehow think it may have been the one that didn’t make the mistake…

      And I bet neither of you make that mistake again!


      • You both know I would’ve blogged about it no matter which one of us did the one little mistake . . . . Besides that, I didn’t give it away which one of us actually did it, did I???? 😉

      • Posted by Paul on April 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM

        Give me a little credit–I did stay up with him most of the night!

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