Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Flu Shot.

Hero is on the mandatory list of flu shot recipients, as are all soldiers. I hate flu shot season. I don't get the shot. My girls don't either, although they did when they were under two, as recommended. Flu shots always seem to lead to sick days. What better way to get people sick than to crowd them all into a room and stir around their germs a bit? This time, Sky and I were the unlucky ones.

The trip to Massachusetts went well. We saw snow on the ground starting in New Jersey. We watched as the ground covering increased all the way up to about four inches before we reached our destination. Hero drove the whole way, as I missed THREE entire nights of sleep that week.

Visiting was wonderful. Some highlights included seeing Hero's sixteen month old sister---soooo cute---try unsuccessfully to walk, exchanging Christmas gifts, and eating all sorts of delicious food that Hero's grandma fed us. Catching up on sleep two nights in a row (12 hrs/night) was great. The only thing I would have changed was the location of the heat pump in the motel. It was right at the foot of the adult bed, so the adults woke up with very dry noses and throats.

The day we left I started feeling sick at....let's say roughly 5pm. It rapidly progressed, and at 11pm--an hour and a half into our trip home--I was so sick I could not continue to drive. Hero took over, and the rest of the trip seemed like a lifetime. My throat was swollen and in pain, and I felt dizzy and mucusy. My asthma kicked in, and breathing became painful and difficult.

We arrived home and went to bed immediately. In the morning, I started hallucinating. It was nothing bad, I just had a conversation with my neighbor, did some laundry, and got drunk. In my head. Yeah. Anyway, at that point I figured I should take my temp, and it was nearing 103 degrees. So, I drank a few sips of soda and slept. For the next twenty-four hours. I only woke to demand another blanket, then to move from the couch into the bedroom.

I'm guessing my fever broke sometime during that sleep because I was soaked with sweat when I woke up. The bed was, too. Gross. I still had a fever, now only 101 degrees, but I could function. I took the girls temps, and Sky was 100. She was getting snotty and refusing to eat (but still drinking), so I medicined her up real good and pulled her into bed with me. She slept on and off--as did I--and her fever was gone by the next morning. Mine was gone the day after, and now only Sky's runny nose and my asthmatic wheeze linger. And, I blame it all on Hero's flu shot.






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hi, magnolia! stopping by to see what's new with you since I've been away from blogging for a little while... I hope you and your family are all feeling better now and enjoying the holidays! Have you heard anything else about Hero's secret job?

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