I started with a mild fever yesterday. So far, I haven't been too terrible. I've drank TheraFlu a couple times, and I'm taking ibuprofen as needed. My temp hasn't gotten above 100.4. That may change, though. To my surprise, after seeming to be having a mild case, our son kept a temp of 103 even after ibuprofen yesterday. I called the ER just to be sure this was normal. The lady said they weren't supposed to give out advice over the phone, but she did anyway because she said all they had done all day was seen flu patients! Eek. She said I was doing all I could. As long as everyone was hydrated, all I could do was give around the clock meds. She told me to add Tylenol to the mix. I gave Tylenol, too, and his fever came down nicely. He had 4 breathing treatments total yesterday. His temp was back up to 101.3 before bed. I feared he'd have another rough night, but thankfully he slept 7 solid hours before waking at all. He hasn't required any breathing treatments today. Yay!
When I finally drug myself out of bed today, I noticed oldest daughter looking horribly flushed. Her temp was 103.9. Ugh! I don't like high temps like that, and that is actually the highest temp I've dealt with in my 11 years of parenthood. She also had to have both meds to bring the temp down. She is doing MUCH better this evening. In fact, middle and youngest daughter are completely better now, other than a slight cough. Son and oldest daughter are currently seeming better, but it may just be because their fever is controlled. I've not been too bad yet. Hubby has still not come down with the flu or any symptoms at all! I'm happy about that, but not. My fear is that we'll all think we are better by Wednesday, travel down to my parents' house, and then my husband will come down with the flu while away and spread it to my family. :-/
My husband couldn't find anyone at all to fill in for him at church today. I was really nervous about him going because he has to have our germs all over him. He ended up getting someone else to drive the church van this one week. He explained what was going on to them. He walked in the door right at 10 am and went straight to the pulpit. Then he just stayed away from everyone, didn't have a time for shaking hands, and he made everyone leave before he came down from the pulpit. Lol One lady we have is 84, so she just didn't come today because she didn't want to take any chances at all of catching the flu. I think at her age that was very wise!
Sorry for all the marvelous updates on the blog this week, but at least I'm blogging and giving you something to read! Lol Thanks for all of you praying for our family. The more people I text about the flu, the more and more people tell me about someone they know having it. The ER nurse sounded like they were flooded all day yesterday with flu patients. I know some of you have commented talking about all those you know with the flu. One man we know from KY jokingly told my husband, "The whole state of KY has the flu!" So wash your hands and stay well out there. This has not been a fun 5-day (so far) journey!