Day three of what I’d call influenza…high fever, chills, general malaise, occasional stomach upset. I looked it up online though, and found the following at the CDC website, and by the way, I’m still glad we didn’t get the flu vaccine!
Uncomplicated influenza illness is characterized by the abrupt onset of constitutional and respiratory signs and symptoms (e.g., fever, myalgia, headache, malaise, nonproductive cough, sore throat, and rhinitis). Among children, otitis media, nausea, and vomiting also are commonly reported with influenza illness. Uncomplicated influenza illness typically resolves after 3–7 days for the majority of persons, although cough and malaise can persist for >2 weeks.
We got through the first night by relying on our hand-held radio’s. Yeah, I felt like a night-duty nurse whenever my nine year old pressed the call button. Then last night, I thought I’d recharged the radios but I must not have had them plugged in long enough. At eleven P.M. my fever-flushed girl stumbled out of her room and ended up sleeping in the recliner all night. Since her radio had a low battery I slept on the couch beside her. Poor thing went to bed with a 103.9 temperature. I did give her a fever reducer since it was so high, and bedtime to boot.
Got up early enough today to grab a quick bath before toddler woke crying…and burning with fever.
Six year old feels hot to the touch but won’t let me take her temp. She says she’s “cold” but otherwise acts fine, so I’ll hope for the best. UPDATE: Not acting so fine…she’s joined the ranks…
Nine year old is still running at 101-102 degrees. We’ve had beautiful weather, even into the upper 50’s/lower 60’s which has really been hard on my outside girl! I helped her to the hammock yesterday–all wrapped up in warm blankets and left her armed with a radio while the rest of us girls did the dog chores.
So thankful for praying family and friends! And for juice boxes (I was constantly washing cups), digital thermometers, movies/books…and so far, good patients!
You should see my toddler ensconced on the couch wrapped in her favorite blanket (which she calls “my heavy blankie”–it’s a fleece throw) with a wet washcloth on her forehead. So cute and so sad all at once. I’m always amazed at how sickness affects high energy toddlers.
Well, I’m glad for the weekend starting tomorrow. We’ll be missing 4H Club Days/church/Awanas, but maybe dh will get a day off and be able to help me handle the sickies. The weather is supposed to be crazy all weekend anyway. Remember, if this strikes you guys:
Adults may be infectious and able to spread influenza to others from the day before getting symptoms to approximately 5 days after symptoms start. Children may be infectious and able to spread influenza to others for 10 or more days after symptoms begin.
And everybody, please pray for my friends Jana and Holly. Both of these dear women have 6+ children and they’re going through influenza also.
Love you guys,