I am a 27 year old stay at home mom and this is my day to day life raising two silly little boys. I'm the dorkiest redneck hippie you'll ever meet! I mean, how many people can say that? If only my kids knew how cool their mom was...
I also have Psoriatic Arthritis that sometimes makes chasing 2 boys a little difficult but all in all I am incredibly blessed and thank God everyday for the wonderful life that I have!
AKA: Bubbe, Very energetic, smart, talkative 5 year old little boy. My miracle baby, it took me 3 years and 2 miscarriages to get pregnant with him. He was worth the wait though! He's mommy's special little man.
AKA: Monkey, 3 year old sweetheart with a temper! Very loving and cuddly. A very big mamas boy. He has always been bigger than average kids his age. He's my big teddy bear!
I knew it was just a matter of time. I just didn't think it would be so soon. I've tried to do all I could to protect my kids from getting the swine flu. I sanitize shopping carts before I put the kids in. I wash their hands,use sanitizer. I had the kids get the regular flu shot a couple weeks ago. I know it doesn't cover the H1N1 Virus but at least they wouldn't get the seasonal flu, which I think kills more people than the swine flu has anyway.
I knew the boys were getting sick yesterday. They both got up with a cough. So did I. I was thinking it was just a cold. Gavin started to run a low grade fever but I still didn't think a lot of it. Yesterday evening, they both didn't feel well at all. Gavin had a fever of 100.7 degrees. (still no cause for too much worry) I remember thinking oh please Lord, don't let it be the Swine flu. Gage still didn't have a fever and his cough was nowhere near as bad as Gavins, whos isnt terrible anyway. They were both just sick looking. They had bloodshot, droopy eyes, and were laying in a chair watching TV. Which is unusual in itself because they weren't fighting.
Gavin actually moved when he saw the camera, he did have his head on top of Gages looking pitiful!
I gave Gavin some Motrin at 8:30 and put both boys down at 9pm. They both went right to sleep and I thought Ok, they'll be better in the morning.
I was just about to turn everything off and go to bed at 12:30, when Gavin gets up. I thought he was just coming to get in bed with me like he usually does. Then I noticed he was wet. I said 'Oh man!' I changed the sheets and was putting him back to bed when I felt of his head. He was burning up.
He can't put a thermometer in his mouth because he gags on it. It cant even touch his toungue w/o him almost throwing up. He is too ticklish to put it under his arm. He always wriggles and wont sit still long enough to take his temperature. So I have to go in the butt. I haven't had to do it in a long time, he was so hot, and was crying because he didn't want me to do it. I had to fight the poor little guy for 5 minutes to take his temerature. It was 103.1 degrees. It had only been 4 hours since I had given him the Motrin. I wet him down, waited a bit and gave him some Tylenol.
This was him at 1am last night. I was trying to
get him to eat a popsicle. He ate maybe half of it.
We stayed up til 2am and I just put him in bed with me. I didn't sleep well, I kept waking up to check on him and getting up to feel Gage to make sure he didn't have a fever either.
Gavin made it till 7 and got hot again. I gave him more motrin and he went back to sleep. I had to wait until 8:30 to call the doctor but when I did they wanted to see him to check for the flu. I had to wake him up and get him dressed and get him to the dr. office.
It was full so I took him in through the back door that they make you use if you think your kid has the flu or chickenpox. Usually they tell people to use it but today the nurse I spoke to didn't tell me to. I did just in case. The nurse that came back and got him asked if I was told to go in the back way, I just said no I did it just to be safe. The front is always full of little newborns.
When the doctor came in, she didn't seem to think he had the flu. She said it's usually school kids and he had no other symptoms other than the fever and cough and a little bit of a runny nose. She did a test anyway and it came back positive for the flu. :(
Since he had just had the flu shot and they don't run the test for the swine flu, the doctor said she was pretty sure it was the swine flu and perscribed him some Tamaflu. I asked her about Gage and since he still doesnt have a fever she couldn't give him anything. She said if he gets it to just call them back and they'll call in a perscription for some.
The pharmacies around here have a limited supply of the medicine so when I went to my CVS to have it filled she went to check if she had enough. Thankfully she did but she said she barely had enough to give him. He doesn't seem too sick right now. He's been playing all morning like normal. He's a little cranky and tired but he wont take a nap. I've given him the first dose of the medicinebut I think after his nightly dose tonight I may wait and give it to Gage when he gets it. If the pharmacy doesn't have anymore, I think I should wait. The doctor said Gavin is in great health and even told me that if I couldn't get any or didnt want to fill it, he'd be fine. She did say it would be a lot harder on Gage since he's only 16 months and it was a little more dangerous to him if he gets it. I'd hate it if he got it and I couldn't get any medicine for him.
I'm expecting Gage to come down with it very soon. I think I might actually be getting it myself. My eyes have been burning all day, I have a headache and am coughing a bit. Sigh, it's gonna be a long couple of days I think! Wish us luck and pray for the boys that they don't get too bad sick with this. I guess it doesn't matter how careful you are, anyone can get this thing.