Shoo Flu, Don’t Bother Me!

It’s March and we’re about to encounter our third Nor’Easter in 10 days. After an overall mild winter, I don’t think we were expecting this. Another thing we weren’t expecting this late in the game was two cases of the flu!

This weekend my husband and I both got hit with it. We’ve never both been sick at the same time. I’m not sure how we’ve been able to avoid it but normally we cycle and take turns. After ‘J’ started with a cold early last week, my husband started with a similar cough and by Friday was feeling worse. I on the other hand was feeling great! Until 3PM on Friday when I felt like I was hit by a bus. After alternating trips to the Doctor we were both prescribed Tamiflu. Twice a day for 5 days and began the nap trade game.

It’s no fun being sick. BUT, it’s a lot easier being sick when your spouse is not. You know you can get some good rest and someone has the kids and house under control. When you’re both out for the count, it’s really not fun.

We did ok, trading sleeping, making sure we were eating soup, staying on top of Advil and Tylenol for fevers, washing hands and spraying Lysol. The kids were getting more screen time than usual, less mommy and daddy time then they’d like and quiet activities in between.

When I was pregnant with my second child, I felt horrible my first trimester. On top of it, I had incredible Mom guilt. I hated the days I wasn’t as with it, felt sick or so tired I couldn’t even keep my eyes open. My husband would always reassure me that ‘J’ was ok and I was still doing more than I gave myself credit for.

This mom guilt tends to creep up anytime I’m not feeling well. Of course I know I need to rest and do what I need to do in order to feel better and back to normal as soon as possible, but I feel so bad not being around as much in the meantime. Plus I had to reschedule OT and Speech for ‘J’ for today and I believe he’ll have yet another snow day tomorrow. There have been a lot of curveballs to his routine in the last couple of weeks. Hopefully things can return back to normal sooner rather than later.

We’re working on getting better and trying our best to keep them out of the line of fire. In the meantime, I hope Spring gets here ASAP!


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