{March 11, 2020}   H1N1 Or Swine Flu Has Struck

Friday Little Bitty got home from school and went straight to bed. They called said she as rolling around crying and upset saying her head, belly and throat hurt. I ended up taking off early and taking her to get checked. They said she did not test positive for the flu or strep just keep an eye on her. She spent all day Saturday in bed and all day Sunday. Sunday night, Monday morning she woke me up about every half hour to hour telling me to stop talking she was trying to sleep and didn’t feel good or other things that I could not even understand. Finally she woke me up about 7 something I felt her and she was hot. I took her temperature and it was 103. I gave her a drink and some Motrin and we finally went back to sleep and slept for about 4 hours straight. Her fever was back down and stayed around 100. By a bout 3 or so she was feeling really bad and asking to go back to the doctor. We got ready and I checked her temp again, it was still around 100 so I didn’t give her anything.

We get to the doctor about an hour away with evening traffic and things. We waited probably another hour to be seen they were so busy. We got back there they took her temp and it was 104. They were worried about it got her something to bring it back down again. They tested her again for the flu and it came back positive. There is really nothing they can do but give something for fever get her to drink and give her something to keep her from getting sick. Because I was having to give her something to keep her from puking about twice a day but only like in the evening and at night. By that point I had done gave it to her in the morning and then again in the early afternoon.

She is out of school until Monday and that is our Spring break so she is out for two weeks before she can go back. I feel so bad for her she is so miserable and just cries she don’t feel good and can’t breath because her nose is stopped up and she feels sick and going to puke. Yesterday she refused the medication to keep her from puking and said she thought it would be better if she just puked than taking something to keep it from happening. But she couldn’t even because she has hardly eaten anything since Thursday night. She finally took the medication so she wasn’t dry heaving all after noon and could rest.

The doctor said she wasn’t worried about if she was eating or not but she needs to make sure she drinks. She said she wants her to have three 16 oz bottles a day but she may not get that in. That rule of thumb with her being sick is she has to go to the bathroom once every 6 hours or she has to go straight to the er and get iv fluids to keep her from getting dehydrated.

{August 24, 2016}   A Puking Kind Of Day

My Little Guy started complaining his head hurt last night at bedtime so I gave him something for it and put him to bed. I figured here we go again a few days of fever and not feeling good home from school. This morning I woke the older kids up to get ready for school and my Big Boy decided to wake Little Guy up. As soon as he stood up off the bed he started puking everywhere. I went to the bathroom and he was then on using the bathroom. There was puke all over the floor. I spent the morning cleaning that up getting him into some clean shorts and finding a bucket. Well needless to say before I could find him a bucket he puked on the bed. I stripped the bed and had them put it in the wash why I finished cleaning the mess inside.

I then had to put him in my truck and take him to two different schools so I could drop the kids off. I was so worried he was going to puke in the truck. I don’t do puke and then in the truck where it is harder to clean is like the worse thing that could happen. You have that smell you have to get out and if you can’t or it takes a little bit. Yeah I don’t even want to think or talk about it. Thank god we made it through our 7 mile trip with no puke.

We got home and he wanted to lay on the couch and watch tv. There was already a blanket folded and spread out on the couch so I told him to get his pillow and I put a towel over it in case he got sick I could just take it up and wash it. I gave him his blanket and a bucket and he watched a show or two and went back to sleep.

It really stormed here for the first time in a while. I laid back down for a little bit as well. It was so relaxing to listen to the rain and thunder and just sleep. That is until that one pop came that woke us both up. I thought lightening had hit something next to us it was so loud and shook the house. I felt my bed shake it was that bad. My poor little guy ran down the hall and said I’m scared what was that? I told him it was fine to go lay on his bed where he would be closer to me and the dogs were right there it was just the storm. Once he knew it was the storm he was okay.

He won’t be at school tomorrow either as they have to be fever free for at least 24 hours. Well supposed to be I am sure a lot of parents don’t follow that rule. He is also still just laying around and using the bathroom a lot so I am not going to send him tomorrow anyway even if he does seem better. He is one of my ones that will go from just being sick like he is now to extremely sick, even when we think he is starting to get better. I don’t want to take a chance and hopefully don’t pass this to anyone else.

I sit here writing this at 2:45 am with a baby on my shoulder sleeping. Yes it is late and she should be in her bed and normally would be. Tonight she is sick and can’t get comfortable and sleep. She is needing to feel extra close right now. It is so nice to be able to sit and snuggle with her and love on her for sure. These time are getting fewer and farther between as she is getting more independent. I hate that it has to be this way that we get to snuggle so much and it is exhausting as well. Just 12 hours ago we were in the ER with a fever that would not go down or stabilize with meds. It just kept going up and up even after 3 rounds of something to bring it down. When they got us in a room over an hour after being there it was a few degrees from being 104. They did a flue swab and strep swab. I was more worried she had a ear infection and didn’t want her to have to wait until tomorrow to get seen and start treatment. I was right after being there for hours they said that her right ear is read and infected. We finally got to leave about 3:30 and go home. She went right to bed and slept for a few hours and was up again upset and not feeling good. I gave her some meds for pain as the fever broke why we were in the hospital. She went back to sleep for a while. When she got up she seemed to be happy and feeling better but that was short lived for my little bitty. It wasn’t long she was upset and fever trying to come back on here. So we have pretty much spent the day in bed and snuggling. I had her a sleep tonight and she was doing good until the kids started fighting. Now she is back to being up and down again. I am tired but not like I need to go to sleep and rest tired as we did that a lot today. But as in my body is hurting so bad from holding her and carrying her around last night and today. I sat in the chair and held her for hours at the ER and have laid, sat or walked around and held her most of the day since we have gotten up. It is times like this that it would be nice to have her dad around. To have that extra help to have that other person to comfort her and help her feel better. He was always good with the kids when they were sick. Any of them were sick he was right there sitting with them talking to them helping them with what they needed.

Even the dog would get up and lay down with them and watch over them. If one of them was sick and you would let him he would get up in the bed and get as close to them as they would let him and lay down. That is where he would stay until they were feeling better and got up or told him to get down. One time my son got sick and way laying on the couch he got up and layed right across his legs and his lap and stayed all day with him. My poor little bitty one of the things she has wanted to do so bad today is just lay down with our dog and snuggle and every time she dose she gets up and leaves. She is really good with the kids and has even been laying under her crib when she is in it. But little bitty has been ruff with her the last couple weeks and I have to keep reminding her that we have to be nice and easy with the dog. she wants to play with her like a stuffed toy and just roll on her sit on her and squeeze her. She isn’t trying to hurt her or be ruff she just really loves her and trying to show her love. The dog is just scared that she is going to get ruff so she gets up and leaves before she gets to.

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