get the flu out of my house

Break out the Lysol, we have been hit with the flu. Nothing prompts a nice deep clean like having two littles ones coughing, sneezing and snotting on every square inch of the house. I’m not even going to pretend that I didn’t find dried boogers on my clothing from where they either a) flew out of their noses, or b) were wiped purposely by children. Ew.

Two and a half weeks ago seems an eternity, but that’s when this all began. Austin woke up with a cough. He hacked and coughed all day Monday, but other than that, no problem. So, Tuesday came, school day, and what did I do? I sent him to school. Still coughing, slightly runny nose, but no fever and no problems. In my defense, I assumed it was allergies. Two hours after getting home from school, he spiked a fever. Super. Off to urgent care.

He tested negative for the flu, was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and sent home with a breathing treatment because he was wheezing.

The next morning, Austin didn’t move. Literally. I asked him to sit up, and he insisted upon lying back down. I offered him a cookie, and it was rejected. And, he could barely stay awake for more than 10 minutes at a time. Nothing slows this child down, and he never rejects sugar. Needless to say, we ventured back to the doc. This time, we walked out with a positive flu test. Tamiflu for all.

Despite Everett receiving two doses of the flu vaccine and Tamiflu, he still caught it. Thankfully, it was mild and no complications arose, other than an ear infection. He actually landed this ear infection while he was on antibiotics to clear up an infection in his other ear. Oy. Unfortunately, it’s looking like tubes are in Everett’s near future. Any complications clearing this one up or another one soon will prompt the referral to an ENT. I really think we are going to know all the pediatric specialists in Dallas.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to bathe in a bottle of Clorox. Is it summer yet?

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