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ten days under

February 9, 2018

its been 10 days since I’ve felt ‘well‘ and almost 2 weeks since everyone in the house was feeling ‘great’.

seeing your kids sick is the most heartbreaking thing on the planet. I think this is officially the first “family takedown” ever.. all 6 of us were overcome with the flu (Flu A is what Parker initially tested positive for) and all 6 of us have secondary sicknesses resulting from it.

after about 5 days the kids started to feel better. and then they started to feel worse again. Parker, Brady, and Jolie have terrible ear infections causing fever spikes to 103 and more sleepless nights, but have since been put on antibiotics to help clear them up.

I’m pretty sure I have an ear infection now, too.

that last time I was this sick, I was 18 and in college.. I had pneumonia and diagnosed with mono. I didnt leave my bed for two weeks.we’ve been trying everything over the counter you can buy in hopes to feel better and ward off passing the flu around again.

Jordan got a fancy deposit in his HSA account on January 1st for being “healthy” and we have since blown through that on repeat doctor visits, trips to the ER, prescription medications, over the counter meds.. more over the counter meds.

exhibit A:I tried so hard to keep up with the essential oils. I failed. and the smell of the ‘wellness blend’ in the diffuser next to my bed made me want to gag, but the kids loved it. I’m a horrible “oily” person.

elderberry syrup is GROSS.

when Jordan spiked a fever on Sunday night I pretty much crawled into the fetal position to DIE because he was the last of us holding it all together.my kids have yet to be dressed in “real” clothes in the last 10 days. pajamas, Netflix, and crayons/coloring books arriving by Amazon Prime have pretty much been the saving grace in keeping these kids busy while their parents were under the weather.after feeling a bit better on Sunday evening, Monday I spiked fever again and by Tuesday morning Jordan was insisting we go to get me checked out. I was sent to the ER for persistent fever over 103 and a chest X-ray to confirm I didn’t have pneumonia. blood work confirmed no sepsis or other complications but my white cell count was elevated, which was expected, but nothing else seemed abnormal. I couldn’t pass air through my lungs very well, so they gave me breathing treatments and lots of fluids and sent me home several hours later with meds and an inhaler.

I tested negative for the flu. irritability has been at an all time high between the two older girls. they are getting along about 60% of the time and the rest has been spent bickering.this is how Baker’s bed has been for the last 8 days. ..and Baker has been sleeping here on the floor in the twins’ room. the three of them have been sleeping together off and on since last summer, but when Parker started feeling bad and sleeping in my room, Baker asked to sleep with Jolie and hasn’t moved out.

crap and clutter is everywhere. I hate it. a lot. we spent $100 on a “sweethearts” wine tour tomorrow. we have a sitter scheduled to be here at 10am..and I am determined to go. DETERMINED.

I need to wash my hair. really bad.

I have started watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix while I’ve been held up in bed and I’m sort of bummed that I cant watch it..season after season, back to back anymore.

I have a knot in my back under my shoulder blade due to the fact I’ve been sleeping for 10 hours a day in addition to being asleep by 8pm every night.. and I can hardly move my neck because of it.

everything hurts. I feel like I’ve broken a rib from coughing so hard.

my kids (and myself) haven’t really had much beyond dry cereal and popsicles.. and G2 Gatorade.  I’m not sure how its going to go when I have to feed them real food at normal meal times again.thankful for family thats helped us tremendously (while wearing masks) when we were both down and out.

thankful for friends that have sent multiple meals and made their best effort to help with porch drops of soup and elderberry syrup. (elderberry syrup is still gross.) I’ve coughed/cried/sneezed/slept off my eyelashes which is incredibly disappointing. there are worse things, but, just saying.

worse things like.. I cant pick up Brady. literally. I am so weak and have been having a really hard time carrying him without becoming overly fatigued.

in this very moment I don’t see how I can ever have the energy to work out ever again. and thats defeating in itself.

I’m better today. I didn’t wake up with a fever and I’m feeling the best I’ve felt in 10 days. freaking hallelujah.

  • Reply
    Alexa
    February 9, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    I feel you mama. I have twin girls age 4…this is their first year of being in daycare. Two weeks ago we were out with influenza, this past weekend was the stomach flu between two of us and last night on our urgent care trip one of my two has pink eye in both eyes as well as strep throat. We just can’t seem to catch a break either and I’m starting to forget what life was like before illness. Prayers to you and your family!

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      amber
      February 9, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      I’m so sorry for you guys! Praying well wishes for everyone soon!

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    Laci
    February 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    I do not know how you even function with all 6 down with the flu! Kudos to you for still blogging today. I have been worried about your family!

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      amber
      February 9, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      Its been awhile since I have blogged and I didn’t even think twice about opening my computer while we were all sick. Everyone is feeling much better today. I’m the only one still not 100%.

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    Kelly Smith
    February 9, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    You’re a trooper, mama! Just think of it this way, when you all emerge from your sick den it’ll be spring 🙂 LOL!! Praying for you and sending lots of healthy wishes your way.

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    Andrea
    February 10, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Oh man! That sounds so rough. Prayers for your return to health from Auckland, New Zealand! Xxx

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    Haden Gray
    February 10, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    You poor thing!! Sending you loads of good thoughts for a speedy recovery and hallelujah for amazon prime! My family is from Houston and my sister was hospitalised for flu type b. It’s trulu going around like wildfire. You just rest and take it easy momma! Working out and life will resume soon. X

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    sonnie
    February 10, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Elderberry Syrup is a must 2 t a day when your feeling good and every 2-4 hours when your sick. Children included. Also up your Vitamin D3. Boiron Oscillococcinum to have on hands when you feel your are coming down with something and then while you are sick. We have done this for a while. Kept the Oscillococcium in my desk drawer at work and took it the minute I felt a cold or what ever. Most likely it didn’t happen or was not as bad as everyone else.
    I know I’m talking like a mother but no fussing about the Eldererry 🙂 do it. My kids are all grown and children of their own and that is what they are telling their children.
    Your a great mom to those precious children. Everyone will feel good soon.
    Chin up :}
    Sonnie

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      amber
      February 11, 2018 at 12:09 am

      Thank you, Sonnie! Yes! We actually have all those things you mentioned and I have been taking extra Vitamin D3 based on a friend’s, and studying PA, recommendation. I don’t like it but I’m still taking it 🙂

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    Lauren
    February 12, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    GIRL FRIEND. I cannot even imagine. It’s just me and hubs, and the flu type “a” took both of us down – legit SICK for 5 days, and flu “hangover” for another week … it was rough. Hope you and those sweet babies all get well soon!

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    Darcy Potter
    February 14, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Oh Amber!!!! I am so sorry my friend 🙁 This flu is not messing around this year. It has hit our house too but not to this extent! I blame it on preschool which is where Emmy picked it up and so graciously passed to me, which I in turn passed back to her and now my husband was hit today of all days.

    Well hoping your family unit is on the tail end of the grossness and as a side note Elderberry syrup is DISGUSTING 😉

    Hugs and luvs,
    Darcy

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