02-09-17 When it rains…

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Nearly three weeks ago, Big E came down with the stomach bug. It hit him fast and hard. Five days later, Tim got it as well, and he was down for the count. A few days after that Tim and Baby E started to develop a cough and some congestion. C started a few days after that. I took Baby E to urgent care last Thursday where he was diagnosed with a double ear infection and pink eye. He went to the doctor on Monday for a follow up and was given stronger medicine. Tim’s improvement was minimal. C’s coughing continued, but seemed manageable during the day. Big E started doing some coughing as well early this week. But yesterday out of the blue he started to spike a temperature. By the time I got him home, his temp was 104.

We got the fever down to 99.8 before bed and he slept relatively well. He woke up this morning fever free, but I took him to the doctor anyways and he was diagnosed with Flu A and was prescribed Tamiflu. The doctor actually thinks his flu shot is working, because thankfully his reaction to the flu is relatively mild.  As a precaution the pediatrician also prescribed Tamiflu for the other two (C- because she didn’t get her flu shot this year, and Baby E because his breathing goes downhill so quickly.) I called my doctor and got a prescription for me and Tim as well.

Thus started the epic hunt for Tamiflu. Apparently everyone has the flu this year and as I called pharmacy after pharmacy I was informed that they were all out. I finally found a pharmacy that had one bottle left. I high tailed it there only to find out they only had enough to fill Baby E’s prescription. I agreed to fill that one and use it to start on Big E and have them call me when the rest of the prescriptions were filled after they got their delivery. We went home, I gave Big E his meds and he rested for the day.

When C got off the bus she was holding her ear and crying that it hurt. So, I loaded up the kids in the van and we headed to the pediatrician’s office for the second time today. Thankfully we got there at the start of walk in hours and were seen pretty quickly. C was diagnosed with an ear infection and put on antibiotics. And we decided to go ahead and get her flu shot even though it won’t actually protect her from this current round Big E has. I had them check Baby E’s ears, and they seem to be getting better, so that’s good!

Then we went to Walmart and picked up C’s prescription and all the others ones from earlier in the day. We finally made it home this evening and it took me about 20 minutes to sort out everyone’s medicines.

  1. Baby E- antibiotic 2xs a day for ten days, albuterol inhaler every four hours, steroid inhaler 2xs a day, eye drops, tamiflu 1x a day for ten days, and ibuprofen as needed.
  2. Big E- Tamiflu 2xs a day for five days and ibuprofen/tylenol as needed.
  3. C- antibiotic 2xs a day for ten days, tamiflu 1x a day for ten days, and ibuprofen/tylenol as needed.
  4. Me- Tamiflu 1x a day for 7-10 days
  5. Tim- Tamiflu 1x a day for 7-10 days,  and albuterol inhaler as needed.

We are all wearing masks at home (except Baby E. Don’t think I didn’t try putting one on him!) Hand sanitizer and washing hands often. People are delegated to certain places to eat and sit. No cross contamination if possible. Everyone is sleeping in different beds. (I’ve got the couch.) Oh, and I’m going through my leave time like tissues, but hey you’ve got to spend it on something right?!?! (I’d much rather spend it on vacation!!!) 

All this to say, we are tired. We are done. We could really use a break.

Pray no one else gets the flu.

Thank you!

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Our pharmacist was a little piece of heaven today as she went above and beyond to track down prescription requests, calling other pharmacies, and researching the various medications to make sure they could be taken together. I couldn’t be more grateful for her patience and kindness. It was sorely needed and appreciated!!

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And I apologize to Walmart (and to the public in general) for spreading our germs. I sanitized as much as I could. I really, really did! 🙂

Also, I’d like to take a moment to say how grateful I am that my job provides such awesome leave time and benefits. Our insurance covers just about everything, so I am thankful that all this sickness isn’t breaking the bank. I realize that is a very real struggle for so many families, and honestly I don’t know how they do it. So while I know I’m complaining a lot about the sicknesses, I do understand that this could be so much worse.

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