It’s hard to believe that January is almost over and its even harder for me to believe that it has been almost 3 weeks since the last time I posted a blog.
Life has been crazy since January has started and I would love to say its because we went on this elaborate family vacation to some place exotic like the Bahamas or Bali ( a mama can dream right?!) but sadly we have been stuck in the Midwest with Arctic temps while sickness has been spreading like wildfire in our house hold.
A few days after the first of the year Jason started feeling a tickle in his throat & said he just didn’t feel good. Less then 48 hours later he was laid up in bed with body aches, chills, coughing, headache, sore throat, running nose and a fever of 102.4. He some how managed to catch the flu and for the next 72 hours all he could manage was walking from the bed to the bathroom and then back to the bed. I was left alone to care for the girls while trying to also take care of him as best I could and keep the house disinfected to try and reduce the chance of it spreading. Two days after Jason got Sick Mackenzie woke up in the middle of the night and said she didn’t feel good. She seemed really flushed so I grabbed her thermometer and hoped she didn’t have what Jason had been battling for the last 48 hours. Unfortunately her temp was 101.7 so we immediately went into the bathroom for a luke warm bath which seemed to help a little bit. So I gave her some ibuprofen, filled up the humidifier in her room and made sure she had just a light blanket and laid her back down to go to sleep. The whole next day Mackenzie’s temperature kept climbing no matter how much Tylenol and Ibuprofen we gave her. Her temp got all the way to 103.7 and we started to wonder if we should take her in to get looked at. So Jason called the clinic where her pediatrician is and left a message for the on call dr. Luckily it was our pediatrician and he called back within 20 minutes. His reassurance that we were doing everything we could was great and since she was still drinking and asking for food there was no need for us to take her to the emergency room to get checked out. The next day Aurora spiked a fever and was all around cranky. Luckily hers only lasted 24 hours I think because she slept so much that day helped her little body fight the infection (plus she did have a flu shot and we think that protected her from getting what Jason had). Unfortunately Mackenzie didn’t seem to be getting any better so I made an appointment for her because she developed a really nasty cough. She was diagnosed with RSV and we were told it would take care of itself so no antibiotics were needed.
A week after Jason got sick with the flu I finally convinced him to go see the doctor because he still wasn’t feeling better. (Does anyone else find its like pulling teeth to get their significant other to go to the Dr? I mean really you would think after spending most of the last 7 days in bed with only short breaks of 15-20 minutes at the most on the couch he would freely go to the dr but no he has to make it as difficult as possible.) But any way he did finally go get checked out by a Dr only to find out he had the start of pneumonia. Luckily it was only in the top of his lungs and the Dr said a round of antibiotics should clear it right up.
I’m really hoping and keeping my fingers crossed that this is the only sickness we encounter this winter or at least the worst of the ones we encounter but its really hard to believe that some days when Jason comes home from work on almost a daily basis talking about how someone left early the night before because they were vomiting. Or how cold it has been in the plant & every one was complaining they didn’t feel good. I’ve been making sure we all take our vitamins, try to get enough sleep and disinfect everything that could possible spread unwanted germs. But spring can definitely not come soon enough for this mama! Let’s hope the rest of our winter is a little easier and the germs stay at bay.
What do you do to keep germs from spreading to other members of your family??