My Family

A rise in temperature

So when I took Madison to the doctor on Friday, he said that there were not seeing much flu but were seeing a ton of different viruses.  He said that it was a virus that Madison had and therefore there was not much he could do.  I asked him about my nieces birthday party and he explained that the viruses were hanging around for days/weeks and that if her temp was down she could go and if it was up he would stay home.  He explained that there was a possibility if could spike up and down for days.

When we woke up Saturday morning her temp was about 99.4 ish. She always runs higher than 98.6 and she seemed fine. She begged me to go to the party.  I decided to call my brother for his thoughts. We agreed that it would be a shame to have her miss it if she seemed fine and quit honestly, with all of the illness floating around I am very sure she was not the only person at that bowling alley not 100%!

We made it to the bowling party and went back to the house for a little while but it was not too long before she started to fade, and quickly.  On the way home we listened to her new Rick Charette CD, he performs children’s songs and was at her school the other day. She just loves him!  When we got home we put on some comfy jammies and watched a little TV waiting for Frank to get home from California.  The girls really hoped to wait up for him but at 9:15 is was obvious it was going to be a while so I put Madison to bed.  I am glad I did because we did not see Frank until 11:30!

Madison did not get out of bed this morning until about 9:30 which is unheard of in this house!  This child is typically up by 7am.  When she came downstairs he cheeks were red and she looked terrible.  Her temperature was 102. Did I cause this taking her out yesterday?  I hope not!  Oh well can not go back in time so through a mixture of motrin and tylenol and a day spent in warm jammies, she seems much better tonight.  Thankfully they are off from school tomorrow.

Hopefully we did not infect anyone…it was a very nice party!

My Family

A down right epidemic

Ahh the holidays, the smell of cookies baking, the sounds of carols playing, and of course the ever-present sick family member.  This year it is members and it  started with the youngest.  We have all been battling colds for weeks.  Very normal this time of year in my part of the world. By Christmas eve, Madi was complaining of ear pain so off to the doctor we went.  Hoping that this was the worst of it, back to normal preparations we returned after our medical detour.

Next was my husband.  Late Christmas Eve he said he did not feel well but with everything going on I did not think too much of it.  Also, his decision to wash the car in the driveway in 40 degree, cloudy weather helped develop my belief that he got a bit of what he deserved. I told him to go to bed early but think he was a little afraid, (we watch It’s a wonderful life every year and then put the presents under the tree).

Christmas was a nice day.  Frank did the cooking and most of the dishes but was struggling.  At dinner he was sweating.  By dessert he was shivering.  By bed time he was in the fetal position with a fever of about 102.5 and a  layer of blankets.  His fever lingers but he is starting to feel better.

Megan must have felt left out because as I put her to bed on Christmas night I felt her little burning head.  She had such a good time during the day she never complained but her fever was also about 102.  To the doctors yesterday and a long wait.  They pediatrician’s office was short-handed because they had to send a doctor home sick!  By the way, when I woke up I had no voice, to the joy of the entire family.  No fever so I am a step ahead of the rest!  I dropped Meg home then went to the CVS to pick up her  prescription.

Although plenty of time should have passed, I was told there would be a wait.  As I looked around I realized the place was packed.  In the back of the store is a Minute Clinic.  There were people siting up and down the back 2 aisles of the store. They had to be waiting hours.  The pharmacy had bins stacked.  The sounds of coughing and sneezing filled the air and in my head all I heard was my own voice screaming to get the hell out of there, but I waited.  I slid down an empty aisle and stood until I heard my name.

I am seeing posts on FB of people saying the same things, flu, viruses and sinus infections. It seems like an epidemic.  Funny, they have been pushing flu shots.  Everyone has told me that I needed to get one this year.  I was going to the other day but with holiday chaos I never got there.  The rest of the family did as did almost everyone else I know who are currently flat on there backs sick.  Not too sure what to make of that.

I still have little voice and today a lovely cough has joined the party.  Still no fever so I am the rock holding my achy fever ridden family together.  Tomorrow and Saturday are both days to lay low.  Sunday we are supposed  to have Franks sisters for dinner so hopefully things are looking up by then.  I am glad that the girls are off from school this week but also feel bad that their break is consumed with not feeling well.

It could always be worse.

Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning