Friday, March 07, 2008

not for the faint at heart

I've been home for a couple of days doing sick duty with my 9 year old. She came home from school Tuesday night with a headache. I figured it was just a little thing.
By the wee hours of Wednesday morning, she had a fever. Not a fever to boast about, but enough to stay home from school. So, I did what any other mom who works at her husbands business would do. I took her to work with me!
By Wednesday night, the fever went up and up... and Thursday morning we were looking at a little over 103, despite my efforts of motrin and tylenol.
So, off to the doctor we went. I was secretly hoping for an ear infection or strep throat or something that would be curable with a little antibiotics. Unfortunately, the diagnosis was influenza.
When I called the school for the third day in a row, the secretary said "Oh didn't you get a flu shot?". Now in hindsight, I have to say that is a very good idea. I wonder if it's too late?
The doc was able to prescribe some ridiculously expensive medicine to make the symptoms lessen. So, we got home and got her all doped up. My 15 year old was home so I decided I'd try to get to Bible Study... since the ladies were sitting at the class with no leader by now.

All was going well. Until about 20 minutes into Bible Study. My 15 year old called my cell phone - usually I don't let anyone from home interrupt Beth Moore, but I had a feeling this one I'd better allow.

The phone call went something like this:
(gag) (cough) : MOM????!!
yeah. what's up?
(gag) (gag) (cough): Mom, Em threw up!
okay. Is she okay?
(gag) Mom, it's all over her. (gag) and I (gag) can't (cough) clean it up
okay, I'll be right there.

I dismissed myself and hurried to the car. The phone rang again.
(gag) Mom, I just threw up too!

It's just so fun being a mom on days like this! The second one wasn't sick from any virus... she just couldn't deal with her sister.

I'm just grateful that my husband wasn't home. Or I would have no doubt came home to three!
*edited: after posting this, we got a call from the school and our 15 yr old was doing something in p.e. and the teacher thinks she broke her finger. So, Shawn took her to the hospital to get an x-ray. Hey! No sense anyone working today right? woo hoo... good times! *


Sarah said...

Oh T! It makes me want to laugh and cry all at the same time!!! Praying for you and your little sickie to today :)

meLanie said...

oh bummer!!! there is just too much of that icky stuff going around this year. praying em is better soon!!!

Ann said...

Poor T!! I've got sickies at my house too. Owen even threw up on the nurse when she swabbed his throat for the strep test. Poor Owen! Poor nurse! Aren't you just so glad you are healthy and can take care of your sick baby? Ah, time to give Owen his Amoxicillin before he goes to bed. His fever spiked at 105 today! I freaked out and put him in a tepid tub. That helped a lot. Tomorrow he'll be feeling much better, and I'll pray for Em too, that she'll be feeling better tomorrow too!

amy flege said...

oh that darn influenza!!! jayden had it a few years ago and all of us got tamaflu to take. it really helped!!!!! I hope Em feels better soon and noone else gets it.

His Girl said...

bluckety bluckety bluck bluck...

you're right. it ain't for wimps!

Heth said...

Oh man T. I hope it leaves your house soon and that no one else gets it. Poor Em. Poor Ab.