Thursday, November 5, 2009

Breaking News (of the family kind)

We are on the tail end of the H1N1 flu virus at our house (according to our pediatrician). I have a doozy of a story to tell you about the nasty, nasty person that DH had to transport from one jail ("We don't want this one any more so you can have him back") to another ("We won't take him") to another ("Don't worry, we'll bring out the brigade") (and they did -- all 20 of them) but in the meantime DH actually had to touch the guy and got spit on. Yes, spit is disgusting but my husband is probably more phobic about spit than anything else in the world. As he recounted to his supervisor, "I would have rather taken a bullet than get that nasty guy's spit on me!" (Of course I thought that was a little extreme, but to put it in perspective even I had doubts that he would ever kiss me because of his extreme spit phobia -- and so did lots of our friends!!)

Two days after this incident DH was very, very sick. (Not sure if it is a coincidence or what.)

Three days later Charlotte was running a 104.5 temperature with other flu-like symptoms.

The next day Austin started a fever and cough (that was all he got, thank GOODNESS!).

Two days later Dallas got it, and BOY! Let me tell you!! Do NOT let your baby get the H1N1 virus! ack!!!

So, I'm here to tell you, get vaccinated! I know, I know, I know!!! Touchy subject, and I actually think that one shouldn't discuss politics, religion, or vaccinating..... but woah. This is intense, especially on a little baby. I was totally on the fence about vaccinating against H1N1 -- in fact hadn't totally decided one way or the other -- but now I just feel so bad about it for my children. :( Added to the fact that the advice nurse was calmly telling me to rush to the Emergency Room, my pediatrician gave me her home phone number and has called me four times.... ack. When my health care professionals are that concerned, I get a little worried. The good news is that it finally seems like maybe we've turned the corner.

With that, I'll leave you with a fun item from Austin talking on the phone with my mom:

Grandma: "How are you feeling, Austin?"

Austin: "I feel good. Except I have a little cough."

Grandma: "Oh that's good. I'm glad you are feeling better."

Austin: "Yes, I only have my cough. It sounds like barking and a motor. You know, a motor that has a peanut stuck in it, it sounds like that."

Uh, yeah.... well, um... I have no idea where he got that or what a motor with a peanut stuck in it sounds like, but, there you have it folks! A day in the life at our house. We're on day 9 of the kids' illnesses (12 if you count DH) and I am totally thanking God that I have not gotten sick. Now, I'm off to nap while I... oh, um, I'm off to pick up the baby since he just woke up. Doh!!


mrsofficer said...

Oh my what an adventure kids plus a sick hubby!YES thank goodness your ok. And kids are to funny :0 lol atleast he was feeling good enough to still have his sense of humor

The Dispatcher and Her Officer said...

I'm so sorry to hear you had to go thru this.. Curious.... Did they even offer the vacine to the first responders in your area?

The Bus Driver said...

As soon as the H1N1 vaccine is available here, i will be getting it

mrs. fuzz said...

That totally sucks! I don't think we had the swine flu, but we had the regular flu. HF had something worse. Maybe it was the swine flu. Who knows. It just really freaks me out. I hope you don't get it. And I'm glad to hear that everyone else is on the mend.

KD said...

Dispatcher and O: I have no idea if they offered the vaccine to the first responders here. It would be a good idea, but I think the H1N1 vaccine is in such high demand it might be hard to get especially for smaller departments.

Bus Driver: Well you know how I feel about that decision. :) However, just for the record I know it is a very personal decision!

mrs. fuzz: I've been thinking about you a lot b/c I read in your post you ALL had been sick. "If she can do I can do it, 'cuz I'm not even sick!" :)