Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Ruins of the Flu

This is the energy level at our house today.

Thankfully the fever seems to be gone. The Bug and I were the last two who had fevers, and today we feel cooler. I am trying to eat more today - that has been a problem for me, for a few reasons: It's very difficult to eat when you can't breathe through your nose, nothing has been sounding good, and I have not had the energy to fix things for myself (though over the past few days Slipshod was doing that for me, bless his heart).

Today Slipshod went to work for a meeting, which ended up being cancelled. Not sure when he's coming home but he said he was going to bring lunch, so hopefully he'll come soon... I also need to send him out to Trader Joe's for some things. I do not have the energy to drive yet. I did get up and take a shower and cook breakfast this morning, but it took so long to wash all the placemats, etc. necessary before cooking that by the time we sat down to eat I was shaking. Been spending more time sitting since then. We really need to do laundry today - lots of it - and maybe pick up and wash dishes - but I hardly have any energy. We'll see how it goes.

I'm (obviously) keeping Sweet Pea home from school today, and I'm not sure for how much longer. She missed the entirety of last week at school and I don't want her to miss this week as well, but I also don't want to send her back before her immune system is able to stand up to other viruses. She is still coughing quite a bit, and has a pretty runny nose. And as you can see, she doesn't have enough energy to go back to school yet anyway.

This flu is really scary. This is probably the sickest I've ever been without vomiting. When Slipshod was the only one who was sick, before any of the rest of us had it, watching him be completely felled by this thing gave me a glimpse into how people might actually die of the flu. Now that I've had it myself I can understand that even more. If one were alone with this, and perhaps compromised in some other way - housebound or had difficulty moving on one's own, etc., and had nobody to call for help, I can see how one might just lie in bed and not drink or eat for a few days, and for some people that might be enough to kill them. Slipshod said that this flu has actually been declared an epidemic in some states. And I keep hearing that this strain is one of the strains that this year's flu shot did not cover. Bleh.

Anyway, enough of that. I still feel crappy but it's nice to be clean, anyway. Now I need to figure out lunch (starting with calling Slipshod to see if he's bringing some home).
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Stahl family said...

OMG! I feel your pain! I told you that Miss E had a fever of 105 for 4 1/2 DAYS! The flu rendered her (and thereby me) totally helpless. She shared a bit of it with me (thank you very much, Little Miss) and I was so totally exhausted from tending to her that I couldn't even get up off the couch for most of Saturday and good part of Sunday! Fortunately for me, I had the flu shot this year and it seemed to keep me from keeling over even though it didn't protect my little one.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know, I feel ya, sister!

Dana J. Tuszke said...

I hope everyone feels better soon!!!