What is wrong with Mom? Mystery solved!

Last week I was trying to figure out why my stomach felt so nasty and now I know.

After three days of being nauseous, my throat started feeling sore so I just figured I had a cold. I kept on with my daily activities (work and taking care of the kids) and by Sunday morning I felt pretty awful. So I headed to the Walgreen’s Take Care clinic (because I don’t have an adult doctor yet here) to find out if I had strep throat or what.

The verdict – Flu!!!

I can’t remember the last time I’ve had flu. I always get my flu shot but we haven’t gotten them this year yet. It’s been over 100 degrees! I sure wasn’t worried about the flu. Both Rose and Lilina have been sick too so they probably have had it as well. Somehow the boys have avoided it, which is good.

They started me on Tamiflu so we’ll see if that helps. I’ve never taken it before. I’m hoping it kicks in fast because I just have too much to do!

At this point I feel like a truck has hit me. I will write as soon as I’m feeling better. Until then, talk amongst yourselves!

22 comments Add your comment

Jeff

October 3rd, 2011
4:34 am

Hope you feel better soon kiddo.

motherjanegoose

October 3rd, 2011
4:41 am

Wow…hope you can get some rest! This IS my week to get my flu shot. I am not traveling and I need to get it taken care of.

djs_NC

October 3rd, 2011
5:41 am

ok im getting mine today! i kept thinking it was awfully early to get it..i think i usually get mine in october but they have been offering them for a month here…hope you feel better soon theresa..and sure hope the kids and michael dont get it!

Didn't even know

October 3rd, 2011
6:47 am

that doctors prescribed Tamiflu for the regular flu virus and we catch it several times every year. We were only given it once when we managed to get that flu bug that was killing some people (swine ?). I learn something new every day. :-)

catlady

October 3rd, 2011
7:01 am

HOpe you feel better soon. I had the real flu in 1988. I was hoping for death. I called my kids in and said goodbye to them. The weight of the air on my skin hurt–felt like it was bruising me. My teeth roots hurt, and my hair folicles as well.

What saved my life was a jar of homemade, end of the garden soup from my neighbor. Really. God directed her to send it to me. I ate every bit, and immediately got well. Now, every summer, I go to the cannery and make as many jars as I can and keep it for emergencies! Wish you were closer, Theresa; I’d send you some.

Me

October 3rd, 2011
7:27 am

Hope you feel better – but why in the world did you wait so long to seek professional assistance?

motherjanegoose

October 3rd, 2011
7:40 am

Off topic but I wanted to share:

I had a meeting in Wyoming this past week and my husband joined me. On the way home we sat next to a young man who was 23 and in the Army. We chatted. When the refreshment cart came along, he was going to pay for a snack and took out his credit card. I took mine out and told the flight attendant that I was going to treat him. The flight attendant said, “Just a minute…” He went to first class and came back and said, ” A gentleman in first class is not going to eat his meal and he wanted you to have it…would you like it?” “Yes!” I was so excited. As much as I rag on the fact that some people today are self absorbed and typically say that they are going to do whatever THEY want and not even care what others think or do…just pleasing themselves, here we have a truly generous soul who is caring for someone else…a stranger to boot. HOORAH!

The young man told us that he had not eaten since breakfast and it was almost 5:00.

The passenger came back and thanked the young man for his service. Awesome!

TWG…I hope you feel better!

RJ

October 3rd, 2011
8:12 am

Theresa, hope you feel better. Now, time to do something about not getting anymore pregnancy scares:)!

TallMom

October 3rd, 2011
8:34 am

Tamiflu was a godsend for my dd 2 yrs ago when she had both H1N1 and “regular” flu. Within 24 hours, 90% of her symptoms were diminished to almost nothing. I hope it works for you too BUT…it is supposed to be given no more than 48 hrs after flu symptoms appear…it won’t work very well if it’s prescribed after that point.

Like catlady, the last couple of times I’ve had the flu were so, so awful. Eight tattoos, 4 labor & deliveries, spinal meningitis…none of that compared to the flu. Worst thing ever.

DB

October 3rd, 2011
9:38 am

@Theresa; Take care of yourself!
@MJG: I just love hearing stories like that!

Becky

October 3rd, 2011
9:49 am

Hope you feel better soon..

ABC

October 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

Feel better soon. Now onto the pregnancy scare. If you even thought you might be preg, you should definitely take another look at your birth control method(s).

I Love Life Cereal

October 3rd, 2011
11:15 am

The passenger came back and thanked the young man for his service. Awesome!

I have to admit that was pretty awesome. Much better topic than this silliness, too.

Not that many people in this country have that kind of class and generosity much anymore, or so it seems sometimes.

ABC

October 3rd, 2011
11:43 am

No matter your political beliefs, I think we can all agree that our men and women in uniform deserve the very best, and if we ordinary people can brighten a soldier’s day with a simple meal or something, I can’t think of any better gesture in our very divided nation.

Cammi317

October 3rd, 2011
12:35 pm

Feel better! My daughter went through the exact same thing. Last week throat was bothering her, but otherwise was feeling okay and then a couple of days later full-on Flu symptoms. She is on the mend and back in school today….hope it wasn’t too soon. You know how sometimes everything seems okay and then it comes back harder. She hasn’t called me to come get her so I guess she is doing okay.

abc

October 3rd, 2011
12:52 pm

When I was in the military in the 1980’s, I was spit at by another driver while I drove down the street in uniform. We were discouraged, if not prohibited, from wearing a uniform while in public unless on duty, due to public hostility toward the military. The military was not very well regarded in those days. We didn’t even have any wars going on.

I’m all for good treatment of active duty personnel, but I tend to have the perspective that they’re professional soldiers and war support staff, having volunteered for a job for which they’re paid, pretty much like anyone else. Certainly there are heros that merit recognition; certainly there are folks in uniform that are just more folks in uniform. I think that a lot of civilians go a bit overboard on the ’support our troops’ thing because, having never been active duty themselves, they don’t quite understand it. Want to support the troops? Write your Congressmen and Senators about getting them out of these stupid and senseless wars. The best support they could get is to be brought home.

RJ

October 3rd, 2011
2:18 pm

@abc, my dad is a vietnam veteran and I grew up with a tremendous amount of respect for the military. He told me horrible stories of watching friends die. People tend to show their appreciation because we are aware of what they do for a living. Putting ones life on the line for my freedom is something that I appreciate and will always show when I can. Sure, they’re paid, but it’s not much. Sorry for what happened to you, but I am so happy when I hear stories such as this one.

Wayne

October 3rd, 2011
2:42 pm

@RJ: nicely said. I couldn’t go in -tried to get into the Air Force when I was younger and didn’t pass the physical (eyes and ears). I work with ex-military, and know some active military, folks and I’m extremely thankful for what they do.

I do agree with one thing ABC said and that is to get everyone home.

Safely.

Lisa

October 3rd, 2011
3:28 pm

I took my Son for his 3 year check up last week. We both got the Flu mist. I had to pay out of pocket for mine ($35), but it is worth it to me to just get it out of the way.

Lori

October 3rd, 2011
3:47 pm

I was on a flight once with a soldier coming back from a tour of duty and the guy in seat 1A of first class, not only came back to thank him…he gave him his first class seat!! This was on a cross country flight, so that was a really nice thing to do.

motherjanegoose

October 3rd, 2011
4:35 pm

@ Lori…yes I have heard about that happening. I have also been on a flight where the pilot asked everyone to remain seated as a military person ( I do not remember which brand nor the rank) needed to leave quickly to escort the casket that was stowed below. We all waited ( me with tears in my eyes) and I could see them carry the casket out of the bottom of the plane.

My husband was Navy,when we were first married, and my father in law career Air Force. I did not grow up with ANY appreciation for military ( chalk that up on the list of things my parents did not know) but soon learned the sacrifices that were being made. I taught several students whose parents were in the Navy. There are many ways to support our troops and I never think we can do too much, having been a military wife.

We sometimes volunteer at the military lounge during the holidays in the airport. You can donate books ( that have already been read for them to read while they wait or fly) and bring food for the personnel to eat while they are waiting. Several are coming home for the first time in many months and I am happy to sit and chat with them. They have my utmost respect!

motherjanegoose

October 3rd, 2011
6:45 pm

ooops…branch!