Monday, April 3, 2017

Influenza A Hit Us Hard

I apologize for my unexpected absence last week. A week ago Sunday, we were exposed to the flu. On Monday, Piper seemed off but, it wasn't until Tuesday that she came down with a fever of 102 and was showing clear signs of having the flu. We took her in to her pediatrician to be tested and turns out, not only was she positive for Influenza type A but, she had her first ear infection, as well. Ouch.

On top of being diagnosed with Influenza type A and her first ear infection, poor little Piper was also in pain from working on getting two of her bottom two-year molars in. To say last week was a hard one for us, is an understatement.

For those who may be unfamiliar to the term, Influenza type A is that nasty one that wreaks havoc on your upper respiratory. We got Piper on Tamiflu right away and I'm so glad that we did.

By Wednesday night, Piper started feeling better; just in time for me to start coming down with the symptoms. I remember when she first started getting sick, I actually prayed that I could take the sickness for her and deal with it myself instead of Piper having to deal with it. My prayers seemed to be answered come early Thursday morning. Piper was nearly back to her normal self and it was my turn for the fever, body aches, chills, and general feeling of hell. I also got on Tamiflu right away but, unfortunately, my story doesn't end as well as Piper's. For some reason, I seemed to get the flu much worse than she did -- I think it's because she has some of Nick's good immune system {thank God}. 

On Friday, I woke up with hives on my legs. I went in to Urgent Care that morning and was told to stop Tamiflu immediately as I may be allergic. By the end of the night, the hives spread up my stomach, back, arms, neck and face. It was miserable to deal with on top of the flu. Thankfully, though, Piper was still doing well. She hadn't been down-and-out sick since Tuesday and my husband did such a great job at taking care of her when I couldn't.

On Saturday, I started taking prednisone for my hives/possible allergic reaction to the Tamiflu. Since I stopped the tamiflu, my flu symptoms started to progress and it seemed as though I was in it for the long haul.

On Sunday, things started to get better. Despite still being a little sick, I reintegrated myself into our normal routine and all three of us were happy that I was back at it! I felt so productive, I meal planned, meal prepped and went grocery shopping with my family. I made soup for dinner and meal-prepped a dozen egg-and-cheese mini bagels for our quick-grab breakfast this week. That was a major win for Sunday!

It's Monday now and I'm doing much better over-all. I still have a lingering cough but I am totally able to function like a normal human being. {Hooray!} I have a lot to catch up on since I've been down-and-out for so many days but, I'm actually looking forward to being more productive once again! Nothing makes you ready to get back to work and a routine like spending 3 straight days in bed.

Influenza type A was a tough one, but, I couldn't be more thankful that it didn't hit Piper as hard as it hit me. As for my husband, he is a hero for staying well through it all. He got nothing more than an annoying cough. His immune system is so good! Nick is so good, in general. He did so well keeping Piper happy and taking care of me while I was sick.

Whoever said that "moms don't get sick days" must not be married to the right guy -- Nick insisted I stay in bed all day {for days} while I recovered from this flu. He waited on me hand and foot, all while taking care of our two-year old and keeping up on a majority of the housework. I couldn't have been more blessed with this guy. He is our rock!

Now that I am feeling better, I have a lot to catch up on. I hope you'll be hearing more from me soon!

1 comment:

  1. So sorry you were so sick, Kay! I had Influenza A a few years ago, and it was awful. I didn't get out of bed for three days, didn't touch my children, didn't change a was so hard! Glad you are on the mend.