Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dear Piggy (Flu): Sucks to Your Ass-Mar!

Because yes, we seem to have emerged on the other side of H1N1 relatively unscathed, even the toddler with asthma in the house.
We were successful at obtaining the H1N1 vaccine for the kids on our visit to Cleveland a week and a half ago. (I told you I wasn't kidding.) However, as you may be aware, a two shot dose has been shown to be necessary to produce an immune response in children under nine.
And so, it appears we were exposed to the virus in that window of time before they were fully protected, and we have had a rough few days in the last week.
Not least of the problems was that I could not monitor the spread of the disease outside my own home because my Facebook account was unavailable for nearly 72 hours. Don't laugh. It could happen to you, too.
Basically, I had a bad night that may or may not have been food poisoning, and several days of achiness that may or may not have been related to planting bulbs and raking leaves. Not so bad.
Both kids had a cough/fever/general awful-lying-in-bed couple of days. And of course, N. developed a wheeze almost as soon as she started to be feverish. Amazingly, I did not panic in the ways that I had envisioned myself doing at the height of my flu fervor. It seems that doing all that I could do to prepare and prevent something basically uncontrollable was enough to calm me. We just started using the nebulizer, and it seemed to keep things under control. There was one very scary hour in the middle of the night when she was holding her hands over her eyes and crying out in pain, then grabbing at her stomach and her back as if they also were in extreme pain. However, as soon as a new dose of Tylenol kicked in, the pain seemed to calm, too, and she went back to sleep for a few hours.
Later that morning, J. took O. to school for me, and N. and I curled up on the couch under a blanket. "'Nuggle in, Mommy." I had the phone with me, trying to get through to the pediatrician's office. Monday morning, busy signal a given. When I got through, I got up from the couch for a moment to talk to the nurse. When I came back, N. was asleep again, sitting straight up.
This was perhaps the first time she's been sick that I felt like I was consoling a child, not a baby through the illness. When she woke up coughing the first time, and I tried to give her a breathing treatment, she kept shaking her head and trying to get off my lap, but when I promised her that she could get in my bed after the treatment, she calmed right down and sat still for the ten minutes required. Reason worked, and I was amazed.
Two days later, and half a prescription of Tamiflu behind us, and my bright eyed toddler is back. Are we sure they had H1N1? No. Could be some other nasty virus. Either way, I'm thankful we were able to weather it in a relatively short time.
Ways that I know that everyone is on the mend? Yesterday was almost a worse day than when both were sick. We couldn't go anywhere because they were still potentially contagious, but the kids were well enough to torment each other and myself by jumping off of various pieces of furniture and bouncing various body parts off each other. And they were both awake at 6AM. Daylight savings time could not have been scheduled more poorly.

1 comment:

mep said...

Best blog post title EVER! Seriously. Love it.

I am so, so glad that you are all doing well, even glad that your kids are well enough to start driving you crazy again.

The real question is how your survived 72 hours without facebook?