Friday, November 13, 2009

The Friday Shake Down ..





...finds us looking a bit like an infirmary around here.Be it a small infirmary but nonetheless an infirmary.With me following Joe around the house,with my handy Lysol wipes in tow.That nasty,didn't look like the flu,is looking a lot like the flu today.Funny,we hit body ache,headache and chills accompanied by high fever,4 days into this thing.I usually see it going the opposite direction.Those symptoms first and the rest comes on the upswing.Not Joe.All of my kids like to do things in their own unique way.So, at 2:45 in the morning,I penned off a Relay Health note to my pediatrician, not because I was overly concerned with Joe and his ability to kick this but of Miss Zoey an her inability to NOT catch it.My doctor said it is entirely possible that Joe had a bit of help getting through this because he did get the H1N1,one dose,last month.If that is what this even is.This of course it just speculation.Today found Zoey a little more under the weather.Raspy voice.Cough.A bit more irritable but not too bad.Still no fever but then again Zoey isn't a fever kid.So much so that in all our months of treatment, when they say expect fevers,it is going to happen when counts drop,she never,ever spiked.Not ever.Have someone tell you, that is familiar with leukemia treatment and they will tell you how unusual that actually is.That doesn't exactly bring me comfort right now but my doctor assured me that she will most likely will spike one if she too has "the real flu".Let's hope she just has a cold.We have opted out of Tamiflu.Holding out as we delve deeper into the flu season because like any medication,antibiotics and anti-virals especially,you can often build a tolerance to them if over used.We both were in agreement to withhold it for now.So .. barring any change,I'll just watch these younger two and hope it passes uneventfully.Jake is totally feeling fine.Happy as a little clam that Joe has passed out this afternoon and that there will be no arguments over what Wii game they will play.My little rocker chose Guitar Hero and Zoey has had a blast watching him.We have a rule of no electronics,Monday through Thursday so trust me when I say it is literally the first thing Jake goes to when he hits the threshold of the door on Friday afternoons.Relatively quiet weekend ahead.Which is nice because next weekend is the complete opposite.So hopefully the littler two will be on the mend and the rest of us can dodge this thing.Taylor was here for a bit this evening and will come back tomorrow,with Brandon who is home for a visit.Jess is having a great visit with Caitlin,Danny and Charlie and Matt,well, he's looking a bit lost without his girl around.Mark and I aren't much of a substitute.I began this post earlier today and I am finishing up at around 11pm.The last two nights have had me up a ton with little Joe so I better head up to bed.Something tells me that tonight will find someone up and restless and as I am bringing this to a close I have that familiar tightness in my chest that says I just might be the next one down and out.Let's hope not ... I cannot afford to be sick.

*Do you see my child's crazy hair!she woke this way from her nap and she wanted NO part in me fiddling with it.I didn't have heart to keep bugging her ... sweet thing.

13 comments:

datri said...

Hey, Mommies aren't allowed to get sick! Hope everyone feels better soon and it's nothing serious.

stephanie said...

Heather it sounds like the flu... are you sure it's not. I mean we did have it confirmed in our house and Joe's right on.
Be very careful. I got it too but just body aches no fever, that's what I bet you feel like.
Just be very careful, this H1N1 attacks the lungs. Andrew was a text book candidate for the flu. All the symptoms then pneumonia.Hoping it is just a virus of some kind, they can behave like this too.
Praying it's nearing the end and everyone is better soon.

Angi said...

I LOVE that 1st pick of Zoey!!!!! It is classic of that feisty personality:) Made me smile...glad her brother keeps her entertained, she sure does love music...

The VW's said...

I'm living a very similiar life right now. My 6 year old is quite sick and I'm trying to care for him, while trying to stay healthy myself and trying really hard to keep Gavin from getting sick! Gavin now has a snotty nose, so it looks like I've failed! UGH! The cold and flu season is not fun!

Hang in there Heather! Hope you stay healthy, are able to get some much needed sleep and that your kiddos are feeling better very soon! HUGS!!!

Mo said...

We are just getting over the flu too (despite the fact that we were the first people I know to get vaccinated - yes - all four of us! and I am insane about hand washing.) Brian still got pretty sick but he's fine now, Bridg got fairly sick (fever for four days, then two days fever-free and then it came back and now she's on antibiotics for a secondary infection) and Lane got... a runny nose. No fever and it didn't slow him down a bit. Devan had a very slight cough, and Kara had cold-like symptoms with a little lingering cough but no fever. TC also had kind of a "nasty cold." And I didn't catch it at all and neither did Bushie. All of us were vaccinated around the same time.

All in all, it was a drag, but not scary. Is Z vaccinated for it? I think it bodes really well for her that she's only having mild symptoms so far. The worst days for everyone in our household were days 2/3.

Hope this passes quickly for you guys.

(no need to post this, I'm just sharing our anecdotal data)

Cheri said...

I love her expression in the first picture....too funny! I love her crazy hair too!!...oh well I just love Zoey is all, plain and simple! I hope everyone is on the mend and no one else gets sick! :)

scrappy quilter said...

Praying it's not H1N1 and that you will all soon be recovered from sickness.

I love the first picture too. Hugs and please take care.

Michelle said...

Oh do I know those symptoms, fears and nasty flu bug all too well. I do hope and pray the rest of you avoid it, especially our little Miss Zoey. Miss P was up much of last night too having a hard time with congestion, not eating today and certainly not herself. We did get her first Synagis shot yesterday so not sure if that's what it's all about or if she's fighting off something. Oh where are the warm summer months of healthy kids when we need them most?? thoughts and prayers with you this weekend! xo

Lacey said...

Oh i love that first pic of Zoey. Does Joe ever sleep in his bed or is it always that ottoman? Ray told me to stay off Reeces Rainbow until after Christmas. I guess I better obey, so I'm not bawling for some sweet baby that needs to be rescued now. We've had this cough in our house. I've gotten it now to, but its definitely not the flu. No fevers, just coughs. kiss everyone for me.

Reagan Leigh said...

Oh my goodness...I've never seen such a cute sick girl!!! I sure hope everyone starts feeling better soon.

Mary said...

Oh no, I hope the worst is over and that Zoey doesn't catch it! She is getting so big!

almcl said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the first picture of Zoey! haha.

Hope the kiddos feel better soon and the rest of the house stays healthy!

ABandCsMom said...

Hoping this isn't H1N1 and of course I'm hoping you're all feeling better soon.