Another one bites the dust: 3 kids home with the flu!

Lilina came down with the flu 10 days ago, Walsh came down it five days ago and Rose came down with it Monday night.

Despite all having our flu shots, and three of us taking Tamiflu, our family has been knocked out by the flu. (Michael is feeling lucky being in Russia and away from the sick house.) I do think the shots and the Tamiflu have kept it from being terrible but it has just lingered for a really long time.

I sent Lilina to school on Monday thinking she was finally over it. She hadn’t run a fever for a week and seemed much better. When I picked her up Monday after school she was crying and felt awful. By the time we got home, she spiked a 102-degree fever so I guess it was too soon to go back.

Rose said her throat was hurting Monday night so I kept her home on Tuesday. Lilina and Walsh both had low-grade fevers so they both had to stay.

Rose has spent the day watching movies and drinking hot tea. I keep trying to get Walsh to do homework because his school is so scary to miss and get behind. Lilina watched the iPad all morning but is now kind of dancing around the house so I think she is feeling better. Walsh is trying to irritate Lilina so I think he is feeling better.

My sweet neighbor dropped off flu supplies today – chicken noodle soup, crackers, 7-Up, ice pops and apple sauce for the kids, and wine for me! God bless her. I need these children to be well and go back to school!

How do you handle illness when it runs through the family? Do you find the flu to be lingering and running low-grade fevers or have your symptoms been worse? Will the ice storm keep you from seeing a doctor or getting meds if your family is sick?

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February 11th, 2014
5:41 pm

My reaction: AW CRAP! That $(^&$ . TWG I truly do feel for you! Yes the ice storm will keep me from the pharmacy and the doctors for the most part. I scheduled some appointments with the doctors for Friday. They said (yesterday) we have open time on Wednesday…to which I replied, yep and with the icy tundra we are supposed to be getting I would like to see you Friday.

I have 2 healthy kids who already have cabin fever from the last time we had snow. My mom hit up Michael’s today for some crafts to keep them busy. We had them chopping veggies for soup too. I know you cannot do that with sick kids.

Michael is lucky to not be home for all this, and it is good he realizes it.

I am saying extra prayers for you tonight. Hang tight….


February 11th, 2014
6:12 pm

Good luck with all of that, Theresa! And such a nice neighbor to have to do all of that without being asked to help. Kids here are about to go crazy because this storm isn’t like the last one that was much more fun. This is freezing rain, sleet, ice. Yuck!

The line at our local Michael’s was longer than anything I experienced at the grocery store yesterday!

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February 11th, 2014
7:55 pm

All with shots and 3 with Tamiflu. Yeah, you just keep believing that all those toxins helped make it not so bad. LOL. Sounds like this year’s vaccines are 0% effective in your household.


February 11th, 2014
9:30 pm

Some of my best memories of childhood are times when my Mom would take care of me when I caught a cold.


February 11th, 2014
9:54 pm

Sorry for you! Glad you have a nice neighbor. It stinks being sick w/o family nearby. This flu must be a real stinker! Hope things turn around.

Twenty four years ago, I woke up with vomiting and diarrhea, with a 2 year old under my watch. My husband worked nights. I had nothing. From then on, we always have Gatorade and 7 up….a sacred bottle.

I sent a sick box to college with each of mine their freshman year: soup, crackers, Gatorade and 7 up. Our son called midway through the year: Help…he was sick! Apparently someone else raided the sick box and did not replace it. Probably the same person who used all of his detergent and put the bottle right back on the shelf. That call was, ” what will happen if you wash your clothes without any detergent…they are already wet and I now see that my detergent is empty.” Answer, “they will not be as clean.” I did send my daughter to college with a 4 pkg of toilet paper and 2 rolls of paper towels that were hidden from her room mates. YES she did have to use them. The things they learned!

@ Burp…those times were my worst memories…if we were sick…we were sick and in bed. Nothing fun at all…no TV, no books, no laughing. Moaning was allowed :).


February 11th, 2014
10:11 pm

Can you leave the kids home alone for 30 minutes and run to the store at all?
Our son said the Pharmacy was CRAZY yesterday. He was there today but not sure about tomorrow.


February 11th, 2014
11:31 pm

Save the trip to big pharma. Give the child whiskey and honey. Knocks ‘me out and they wake up cured.


February 12th, 2014
1:27 am

So sorry . . . ugh!!! Try and stay healthy — sounds like you are the only one who is still functioning!


February 12th, 2014
9:42 am

Oh no! So thankful we are pretty healthy… of course it helps now that my husband and I work from home and don’t have little kids. Hope everyone is on the mend!


February 12th, 2014
3:52 pm

I am sorry for your trouble, Theresa.