I cannot remember a time in my life when I was as sick as I’ve been in the past six weeks. First I had this hacking cough that started six weeks ago and I’m STILL getting over. Then, last week, I got some other horrible cold, this one centered in my sinuses (REALLY?! Two colds at once?!) on top of the hacking cough. Then last night I got the flu. At first I thought it was food poisoning from my favorite Chinese place and I was heartbroken. But then all day I felt very flu-like and I was ready to forgive my Chinese place, at least preliminarily. Then Isa threw up twice tonight at bedtime so now I’m sure we have the flu.
Why is it that Isa and I, the two members of the family who actually GOT the flu shot a month ago, now have the flu and Mi.Vida, who never gets the flu shot, is being spared?
This morning I had to call an emergency sub and get plans ready really fast. Writing last minute sub plans from home is so hard. Writing them for a second day when you haven’t been back to school is even harder.
Luckily the puking part of this flu is not so prolonged. It’s not a really nauseating feeling, it hits more the lower half if your digestive track, if you know what I mean. I actually feel like I’m having the worst cramps of my life. It’s awful down there.
So tomorrow I’m home sick, with a little girl who’s also sick. Again. This is the third time we’ve had to share a sick day. Those are not fun.
Oh, and did I mention that Monday-Tuesday night Isa was up almost the entire time? I was awake with her from midnight to 3:30 and then 4:30 to 6am, at which point we put her in our bed (for the first time ever) where she didn’t sleep a wink for an hour until we got up to get ready. I spent the whole night either up with my upset little girl or puking my guts into the toilet. Not my finest night.
Oh, and to add insult to injury we have to have sex tonight. FML. (And of course I’ll never know when I ovulated because I have a slight fever and my temps are all fucked up).
I just really hope that tomorrow I feel well enough to take care of Isa and that Thursday I can go back to work. Oh and I hope that Mi.Vida doesn’t get this thing because I just can’t spend my first days feeling better doctoring someone else (who has done VERY LITTLE to doctor me).
***UPDATE: Today I feel much better, I think Amy and Kelly (below – thank you for your insights) are right, this isn’t the flu but a norovirus, for which I’m very thankful. Mostly I’m just glad my favorite Chinese food isn’t to blame. If Isa had not been sick I would have been sure it was the Chinese food and I would have been so sad. But my Chinese food has now been vindicated AND I can expect Isa will be feeling better again soon! Woo hoo!
Also, I finally got down some soup and saltines for dinner last night and finally (I was worried I’d throw them up before) took some pain killers for my all-day headache and after they took care of that they quieted the cramping as well and sex wasn’t even that bad and this morning my temp was 98.2 so I think we hit ovulation or at least got close to it, whether it was CD10 or 11 so that is good. I thankful to get this final, 12th cycle behind us so this can all feel more official. I’m a sucker for structure in that way.***