Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Kevin seems to be on the mend. He was really sick yesterday - just miserable with congestion, coughing and fever. Still coughing and congested today, but no fever and seems to be feeling a little better.

Joey had a low-grade fever (99+) all day yesterday, but no other symptoms. Last night it was up to 100. I put him to bed with Motrin, and he woke up crying very early this morning saying he had a headache. Temp was up to 101+.

Annabelle had a low-grade fever all day yesterday. She woke up crying at 4 a.m. and was burning up to the touch. I didn't take her temp, but gave her Motrin and sat up with her for a while.

Daisy laid on the couch for most of the day yesterday. Her temp got as high as 104.2!! It was down to 100+ this morning and she's congested and coughing, but seems to be feeling better than she did yesterday.

Lilah and Finn just seem to have colds.

Everyone is on Tylenol or Motrin at the moment, and it seems to be working since they're all (including Kevin) playing hide and seek in the house.

Based on symptoms, I suspect this may be the dreaded H1N1. Or maybe not. Who knows. The upside would be that they would be immune to it after this. Which would explain, perhaps, why Finn and Lilah seem to be quite a bit less sick than the others - they both had this same bug (whatever it is) a couple weeks ago. I wouldn't say that I'm overly worried. The high fevers scare me a little, but they seem easily brought down by Tylenol and Motrin.

The fact that I haven't gotten sick is beyond amazing, seeing that I'm constantly wiping noses and being coughed and sneezed on.

What is also amazing is that Michael hasn't gotten sick. That scares me. If he gets sick, it could be really, really bad. But given that his wbc has remained in the acceptable range, apparently the chemo has not completely wiped out his immune system. This is thanks, in part, to some home remedies we've been pretty diligent about. And that's all I have to say about that.

And in the midst of all this, we're having our bedroom painted tomorrow. The timing isn't the best, but it's when the painters are available, and it should only take a day. So, yayy.


heather said...

We had H1N1 at our home and I am pretty sure you've been hit. A cold with a fever higher than 101 is most likely H1N1 (it's still early for the seasonal flu). The fever, headache and dizziness were the worst symptoms for me. I never even got that bad of a cough. Hope you all feel better really soon!!

Esther and Brian said...

Feel better soon!!! Since I think that you choose not to vaccinate the kiddos, hopefully they will get through this quickly and then be immune, like you said...Poor kiddos, though...and you!

Lisa said...

The other up-side is that none of you has head lice. Yea for that, right? (My 4th grader had a pajama/read-in at school and came home with some nasty virus AND head lice.)

Chrystal said...

You may be on to something with your home remedy.

Hope the kiddos get better soon and that the adults stay nice and healthy. I don't know that Twink would make such the great caretaker.