—It happened, I got the frickin’ flu! I’m on day six and can finally drag myself out of bed without feeling dizzy. I can breathe through my nose and I’m not coughing up a lung. I don’t have a fever. And the headache that’s been torturing me for 6 days is magically gone. There are just remnants left of the worst body aches I have ever had in my life. I’m not kidding when I say that even my eyeballs hurt.
Here’s the most unwelcome part: both of my kids had it too. Maybe it would have been easier if it were just me.
So I couldn’t have done it without my mom. I am grateful, thankful, ever-so-happy that we live in the same city for so many reasons, and this is one of them. She can take care of us. And that’s a rare gift to have. I’m not sure how many moms of forty-year-old women would have cleaned up their grandkids vomit TWICE, changing the sheets both times. She brought us wet towels for our heads, kept us hydrated, made us food, even though I couldn’t eat and lost 6 pounds in this whole process. My mom has no limits when it comes to taking care of us. She will do the super-humanly impossible to ensure our safety and comfort when we’re not sick. So when we do get sick, her natural instinct to protect is magnified 100%. Te adoro mami, y siempre te estare agradecida, por la larga lista de cosas que haces por nosotros, pero sobretodo por estos ultimos dias!
The doctor gave me Tamiflu, but I took the first dose and within an hour, I threw up. Same thing happened with the kids, so I took that as a sign that we shouldn’t take it any more. Right or wrong, we went on medicine-free. At least I did. The kids needed Advil for their fever and Mucinex for their cough. My midwife recommended elderberry syrup and echinacea, which helped! And that’s how we’ve made it these past 6 days.
So while many friends in Dallas have been stuck at home because of the ice storm, I’ve been forced to stay at home thanks to the flu. Here’s what I’ve learned:
1. I need to get better pillows.
2. My no-t.v. in the bedroom is over.
3. I moan constantly when I am in a high degree of discomfort.
4. I get up 7 times a night when I am forced to drink too many liquids.
5. My children’s projectile vomiting is award-winning.
6. Sometimes you have to get the flu to slow down and realize “there’s a baby growing inside of me, I need to take things a little bit slower”.
7. I am blessed to have a husband who hangs a rosary on our bedroom door for protection, inspiration and guidance. (see photo above).
8. I thank God my mom is my mom.
9. My step-father is the most patient, gentle soul on earth.
10. God never leaves my side. I felt Him near me every day.