Yea well, I totally spoke too soon. Apparently our whole family got the flu...as in Sam, then me, then Grey and Bob and then, Bo. (Note: It's been about a month since I started this post. Things haven't slowed down. Also, Sam has had some bug over the last two days so yes, more throwing up. Yeaaaaa.) (Note after the note: This posted with the original date I started typing...so actually Grey also had another stomach bug and the allergies are going full-force at our house.)
Bo is the only one who got tested but all signs point to the fact that we all had it. And since we were staggered, that meant many days of fever, joint pain, body aches, runny noses, sneezing, coughing. It was pretty terrible.
(Please know I'm aware of people with very sick children, or who are very sick themselves. Obviously I'm not trying to diminish what they deal with on a day-to-day basis, just noting how rough this was for us.)
I keep thinking of stuff to share here and stopping myself because it just sounds like I'm whining and complaining. In reality, I guess that's what I'd be doing. Suffice it to say, it's been a pretty rough couple of weeks between the stomach bug and then all of us getting the flu.
So, in lieu of more complaining here's a little survival guide of sorts, just in case you happen to find your whole family coming down with the flu.
1 - If you can, quarintine people. For us, the flu proved to be very contagious. Maybe that's because it hangs around for so long.
2 - Load up on Gatorade, Powerade, Propel, Pedialyte, whatever. Then proceed to pump fluids if anyone has a fever.
3 - Be prepared with extra sheets. Any throwing up or extreme sweating during the night may neccesitate changing sheets.
4 - Focus on being patient. Your patience.will.wear.thin.
5 - Accept it. Accept that it's going to last a while and by a while, I mean at least 5 days. This will ease quite a bit of frustration.
How many of y'all have gotten the flu? Did you get the shot?
We didn't. In the midst of your entire family having the flu, not getting the shots makes you feel like a complete moron.