I’ve been down with the flu all week, and it sucks. Sinus congestion, headaches, body aches, low-grade fever, and, of course, fatigue. Just walking around drains my energy.
I’m getting awfully darn tired of being sick. I got hit with some other flu-ish thing, slightly milder but still exhausting, in mid-December, and haven’t been properly well since. Unlike everything we caught last winter, neither of these illnesses seem to have originated in daycare; Little Boy was also sick this week, but with pink eye and an ear infection, both of which are bacterial. (Lucky kid—he gets antibiotics.)
Fortunately, your basic flu isn’t a threat to a developing embryo. Unfortunately, my pregnancy nausea is now in full swing, and seems to especially flare up whenever I lie down. So that’s fun.
My mental state is understandably not great, a combination of general misery, hormone-induced anxiety, and frustration at not being able to get anything done. I’ve been continually grazing on whatever food sounds good, and it’s triggering my body image issues hard. I feel fat and gross and ugly, and too sick to do anything about it.
Here’s hoping the next week is better—well, OK, let me rephrase that: here’s hoping that whatever crap the next week brings, I’m at least physically well enough to start trying to deal with it.
I took Little Boy to the doctor today, only to discover that he has an ear infection AND another (!!) case of hand, foot, and mouth disease. The former is treatable with antibiotics and the latter is not severe, but still, really, universe?
Oh, and there’s a non-negligible chance that he inherited my allergies.
It’s been a rough weekend. Little Boy brought home a stomach bug, which he then generously gave to me, who passed it on to his dad. (At least there was some stagger so we had one semi-functioning adult at a time.) There has been a lot of ugh, turn the TV on and just try to distract ourselves while we get through this. Even feeling somewhat better, my appetite has been too low to give me any real energy, mental or physical.
Needless to say, I did not go for my usual Sunday run this morning. I sat and ate breakfast, and drank a cup of tea, and tried to gather myself for the day. I felt so tense, as though there was something I ought to be doing—but there wasn’t. Little Boy was puttering around the kitchen mostly not getting into trouble. There was no hurry, nothing planned. There were chores to do—there are always chores to do—but they didn’t need doing right away. So why was it so hard to relax?
Maybe running on both my weekend mornings is getting to me. Maybe I need more breaks like this, so that I know how to deal with them when they arise.
Little Boy woke in the night with a mid-level fever, moaning and crying and generally unhappy. I gave him an age-appropriate dose of Tylenol, then sat back in the rocking chair to soothe his wee self. As we snuggled, his hot head pressing against my shoulder, I felt a surge of gratitude for that basic drug, and for all of modern medicine. I don’t have to sit through the night, listening to his cries of discomfort and praying for the fever to break. I can make him comfortable and loved and relaxed and give him the sleep his body needs.
What’s your favorite part of modern medicine?
…I’m still here. Just sick. Again. I’m not sure if this one came from daycare or from the grad student in the office next to mine, but it sucks. A nasty cold, or maybe a mild flu. Hard to tell. I had lots of congestion at first, but now I’m just achy and chilly and utterly exhausted. Little Boy, thank goodness, either already got over this or hasn’t had it yet; ditto for my husband.
OK, that’s enough self-pity for today. Time for a cup of hot tea and another episode of Call the Midwife. Hope you all are feeling better than I am.
Learning new things is fun and all, but there is some stuff I would have been much happier never knowing:
- Our camp mattress fits in the downstairs bathroom.
- Dehydration can cause your arms and legs to go tingly and numb.
- The local urgent care center is equipped to give IVs. (They also have an X-ray machine.)
- Zofran dissolves under your tongue.
- My husband’s new health insurance has surprisingly good prescription coverage. [OK, maybe that one is actually good to know in the long run.]
Food poisoning sucks, y’all.
It took exactly three days of daycare for Little Boy to catch a cold. And another three days for him to give it to me. Thanks, kid. Consequently, we’ve been a house full of sick people for the past week. After the cold (or at least the worst part of the cold), there was the stomach bug. My husband and I spent that morning taking turns in the rocking chair, soothing our poor little sick baby to sleep on our shoulders.
I know we’re in for many repeats of this cycle as Little Boy’s immune system confronts a whole new world of germs. Ugh. Oh well, it has to happen sometime.