I knew it wouldn’t last forever…After six years, the flu has finally arrived in the Morrison household, and it’s a nasty one. My poor mother had the flu last week, not realizing that’s what it was until she was already feeling really bad. Unfortunately, my oldest likes to spend A LOT of time back in his grandmother’s apartment.
Sunday night he came down with a fever, and as of yesterday, he still had it. The poor thing was absolutely miserable–you could see it in his eyes. He had a non stop fever that would reach 102 at the end of his dosage with ibuprofen. My normally spunky and VERY energetic six-year old only wanted to lay on a couch, recliner, or in bed. Sometimes he was too tired to even open his eyes.
Thankfully he is on the mend, but now the littlest member of the family is fighting it. Ironically, my 8-month old and I were the only ones who had the flu vaccine. I spaced out on the special vaccination appointment I had made at the boys’ pediatrician. I’m not sure if it would have protected my six year-old, since it seems like it’s about 50% effective. I am not sure if my baby will get it as badly as the oldest did, hopefully not!
All I can say is that this round of the flu is particularly nasty and really leaves you wiped out. James has missed every day of school this week, and hopefully he will be able to go in tomorrow. I am crossing my fingers that my husband and I don’t get it. Our middle son had a really mild fever that went away after a day, so hopefully he’s in the clear!
I wanted to share one little tool that I found to be helpful over the last few days. It gets so confusing trying to keep track of when each member of the family last too Tylenol or Motrin, so I found this free printable medicine chart that makes it easy to keep track of when which medicine was administered. It’s helped us stay organized and on top of the meds, and hopefully it can help you too!
Have you or your family been affected by the flu yet?