When writing about life with Aaron, I have often mentioned how he rubs his hands together. He does this when he is excited, happy, nervous, or when deep in thought as he concentrates on a particular something that captivates him or requires him to focus. When he is excited or happy or nervous……and even when he’s angry……his hand rubbing is usually very fast. I wouldn’t be surprised someday to see smoke rising from his blazing hands! But when he is deep in thought or totally focused on something, his hand rubbing is slow and calm. It’s then that one can really see the intricate movement he makes with his fingers. The whole process is very fascinating.
While in Houston recently visiting Andrea, she and I were able to watch Aaron as he listened to some of his favorite music. He was totally engrossed in listening to Celtic Thunder, matching each song with the title on the back of the CD. His head was lowered and there he was, his hands slowing rubbing together and his fingers doing their rhythmic motion……over and over and over. I quietly picked up my phone and was able to video him without interrupting this magical moment. You can watch the video at the link below. Just scroll down the page to the second video.
And now I can write about his doctor visit last November……a visit that involves his unique hand rubbing, done in “slo mo.” You can better visualize what happened that day. I just hope that I can also convey how hilarious that whole experience was.
Last year here in Wichita, oak mites were prolific. These are beastly little creatures…….barely visible……that drop from oak trees and then are carried by the wind to every corner of one’s yard. They leave nasty little bites that resemble mosquito bites, and itch like crazy.
One day Aaron had been outside and soon enough he had several itching welts break out on his skin. We explained oak mites to him, all of which he found fairly fascinating. It wasn’t long, though, before he had scratched one bite on his leg to the point that it was raw and bleeding. Fearing infection, I put some antibiotic cream on it, slapped on a round Band Aid…….and being the good mother that I am, promptly forgot about it.
In my defense, it was the time of year for cooler weather so Aaron was wearing long pants during the day and long pajama pants at night. I couldn’t see his leg. Out of sight, out of mind.
There. I am absolved of any guilt.
Why the guilt, you ask? Or not. Anyway, one evening it was warmer and so Aaron decided to wear his pajama shorts. We were watching Wheel of Fortune when I looked over and noticed a bright red spot on Aaron’s leg. The bright red spot turned out to be a perfect ring around his perfect round Band Aid……the Band Aid that had been on his leg for – oh – maybe two weeks?
“Oh my goodness, Aaron!” I blurted out. “I totally forgot about your oak mite bite and your Band Aid!!”
I jumped up from the couch, took his Band Aid off, and stood there staring at a perfect round red splotchy ring around the original bite. My first thought was that maybe Aaron had really been bitten by a tick and now had LYME DISEASE!!!
My second thought was to wonder how on earth Aaron still had that old Band Aid on his leg if he was taking proper showers??!!
The first thought I kept to myself.
The second thought I all too gladly shared with Aaron.
“Aaron, if you were taking showers like you’re supposed to, you would NOT still have that Band Aid on your leg!!” I informed him.
“I have SO showered, Mom!!” he loudly asserted.
“Well, if you were showering correctly that Band Aid would have fallen off!” I continued.
“But I DID shower, MOM!!” he also continued.
I knew that his showering skills, or lack thereof, were not the main concern at this point but it seemed the perfect moment to drive home that point.
It didn’t work, by the way, but I must always try.
The next morning found us at McConnell Air Base, where Aaron’s primary care doctor walked in the exam room to check out Aaron’s leg. I knew that we needed to rule out a tick bite and Lyme Disease, if possible, and maybe get an antibiotic.
Dr. Broberg walked in and greeted Aaron, which always makes Aaron feel very important. Dr. Broberg is a civilian doctor, so he doesn’t move away. He’s been Aaron’s doctor for a long time now and knows Aaron well.
“So what’s going on with your leg?” Dr. Broberg asked.
I started to answer, but Aaron was having none of that.
“Mom!!” he firmly said. “I’ll tell him!”
So I hushed, sat back, and got ready to enjoy the moment.
Aaron knew he had Dr. Broberg’s full attention, so he sat up straight and began his story. And as he began talking, he also began rubbing his hands together……ever so slowly……over and over and over…..his fingers in perfect motion between the movement of his hands.
Dr. Broberg glanced at me out of the corner of his eyes, a slight smile tugging at his lips.
Aaron began his rendition of his condition.
“Mom and I were outside taking a walk,” he began. He paused as he rubbed his hands together.
“And……and…..while we were outside taking a walk…..” Another pause. His hand rubbing was nearly hypnotic.
“I got…..I got….an oak bite!!” Long pause for effect, while Dr. Broberg’s slight smile had now turned into lip twitching as he struggled not to laugh.
“And…..and……I SHOWERED!!!!” Aaron said with great emphasis as his eyes left Dr. Broberg in order to glower at his offending mom who dared accuse him of NOT showering!!!
It was just too much. I lowered my head and laughed, while Dr. Broberg was now in a full grin.
Aaron composed himself and continued his drawn out story, never wavering from telling every single detail of his OAK BITE.
Never once did he say oak MITE bite.
Dr. Broberg determined that Aaron probably had a fungus that grew around the Band Aid that had been on for such a long time. It really had nothing to do with Aaron’s oak bite. Yes, I said oak bite…..for from that time forward his bite has been classified as an oak bite.
Besides, it was fun to see the looks on people’s faces as Aaron told them all about his oak bite. And then showed them the oak bite, complete with fungus ring.
Delightful. Totally delightful.
Some special cream did the trick and before long the round ring rash was gone.
But not gone are my memories of yet another hilarious doctor visit with Aaron…..Aaron of oak bite fame!