Sunday, February 10, 2013

Coming Back to Life

I can't believe it has been over three weeks since my last post. For the last two weeks, our house has been plagued with sickness (thus far, E. J. has been able to dodge all illnesses. Lucky dog.).

It started at the beginning of last week when I got a call from K's school that she was being sent home with a fever, which was on top of the cough that she already had. We were lucky to get into the doctor's office, despite it being really late in the day (4:30 appointment - we were finally out of there at 6:30).

Since Kathryn has been a regular at the doctor's office since August (coughs, fevers, ear infections) she's pretty well known. She received the VIP treatment that day. The nurses made a sign for her on the exam room door.
Luckily, she's been free of ear infections for the past two months and it turned out to just be a regular ole' cold. Lots of rest and three days at home after finally being fever free, she was back at school.
Next up, my turn. I ended up having the same cough last week and that escalated over the weekend. I had a sinus infection that made me feel like my head was going to explode every waking moment. Getting to sleep was a near miracle due to the intense pain.

I ended up going to the doctor at the beginning of the week only to find out I had the flu, bronchitis, a sinus infection and then later in the week, a stomach bug as well (which I think may have just been part of the flu).

Just a few days before I went to the doctor, E. J. and I realized we were mistaken that Kathryn hadn't received her flu shot. I had her at the doctor's office with me, so I asked if she could get her shot while we were there. Kathryn is very comfortable with our doctor and the entire time was asking him if he was going to look in my eyes, my nose, my mouth, listen to my heart - the works. He said he was going to leave the room while he was still the good guy and have the nurse come in to give her the flu shot.

Naturally, she cried a bit after her shot and was still a little weepy when we were on our way out. Our doctor saw her and offered a lolly pop for her bravery. Of course, she accepted the lolly pop and added in a "You got me Dr. 'insert our doctor's name here"...meaning "you really tricked me and caught me off guard with that shot". When did she turn 25?!
My world for a week
The flu is no joke (and no, after years of getting the flu shot, I never got around to getting it this year). I can't recall ever being this sick (there were some deep, dark moments), but I guess that's what the flu will do to you (every single, freakin' symptom of the flu!).  It wasn't until this afternoon (10 days after I started feeling sick) that I'm actually feeling like myself again.

I'm SO happy to be feeling like a functioning human and join the living once again. Now my next challenge...work. I haven't been in nearly a week and I'm a little scared to find out what this week will be like as I attempt to "catch up".

Kathryn's really into doing "cheers" lately with her glass at dinner, so I'm going to throw out a virtual cheers: Here's to a VERY healthy rest of 2013 and that Kathryn's mommy makes it out of this work week alive ;).

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