Monday, January 19, 2015

Surviving the Flu

Yeah the blog has been quiet.  Eighteen days has gone by since my last blog post.  That could be a record and not the kind I like to make.  The day after I last posted I woke up with mild cold symptoms.  By the end of the day, I felt like I had been hit by a mack truck.  I even had a mild fever and I never run fevers.   I told my mom and Mr. Destructo I had the dreaded flu.  I went to urgent care the next day and low and behold I had it.  I was in so much pain.  The joint pain was intense.  The coughing was awful and I could not sleep from it.  And the chills.  My gosh I was just shaking all over from the chills and it hurt to even exist.
Source  How can something so small make someone so sick?

Did I mention I cried a lot over the next few days?  Not only did I have the flu but we had just gotten back from my parents cabin.  We left for the cabin the day after Christmas and the house was still in chaos from Christmas.  Then we came back and had unpacked the car but nothing was put away.  You couldn't walk in the living room.  We had no groceries at all because we had been gone for eight days.  

But it gets worse.  On top of all the above mentioned not funs, Mr. Destructo was scheduled to travel to Montreal.  You know like Canada.  Like far far away Canada.  He was due to leave Wednesday before the sun was up.  Which meant I had exactly two days of him being home, two days of him working nights, and then he was gone.  I had to recover fast.  But wait... there's more.  Sunday morning when Ollie woke to nurse I noticed he was sneezing and coughing just a bit.  He woke up with a 100 degree temp.  But then he never got worse.  But Destructo did.  He woke up Monday morning with a 103 degree temp, saying everything hurt but especially his belly, and very stuffed up.  You got it.  Both boys also had the flu.

We took them into the pediatrician to try to get tamiflu.  They wouldn't prescribe it to me since I was nursing Ollie which was silly since they prescribed it for Ollie.  But when we went to pick it up it was going to be 400 dollars since we haven't hit our deductible yet.  Needless to say I am so glad we didn't shell out that kind of money.  Both boys bounced back in two days time.  Ollie never got more than super mild cold symptoms and a bit fussy.  Destructo was pretty sick but within three days was completely recovered except for a nasty cough that just went away recently.  The more I read about tamiflu, the more I decided it's side effects make it not worth the benefits.  

So what did we do to recover as quickly as we did?  Well first off we all took elderberry syrup every day and once we got sick three times a day.  I make my own from  one cinnamon stick, 1/2 cup of dried elderberries, and a cup of raw honey.  All of which can be ordered off Amazon by using the links above if you like.  (affiliate links).  I found the recipe I use here.

Another thing you can order off Amazon that I think helped immensely is Boiron Oscillococcinum .  You take these little sweet pellets three times a day and they help ease flu like symptoms.  They work well.  Very well.

Finally the other standard advice to rest, drink plenty of fluids, take Tylenol and Advil as needed, etc etc etc also applies.  

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top Posts of 2014 and All Time

The top posts of 2014 were fitting.  They were pretty much all review/giveaway posts which garnered the most attention.   And Oliver's birth story.  This was fairly expected though since life has been crazy cakes since Ollie was born and the blog has taken a back seat to the craziness.  I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope your 2015 is happy, healthy, and wonderful.  Thanks to all my wonderful readers for sticking around through yet another year of my rambling.  

In order of most page views:

Here are this blog's all time top posts.  
Great Toddler Activity Blog Post  (Yeah real original titles.  I actually just found these blog posts on the internet but they were so good they were worth sharing with you guys before I had my blog's Facebook page to share things.)
Top Ten Things I Wish I had Known as a New Breastfeeding Mom  (This is one of my favorite and most truthful posts.)
The Bare Essentials Baby Registry Checklist  (This post is probably the post that took me the absolute longest of any post ever to write.)
Pro Breastfeeding Post from the Alpha Parent (Again just shared from the internet)
My Mastitis Experience  (I shudder when I remember this time.)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It is a rite of passage

Today was going to be the best of 2014 posts.  Instead I was up all night with a crying, inconsolable unless I was holding him and standing up little baby boy.  It is the first ear infection.  A rite of passage for most moms.  I was very lucky with Destructo.  He didn't get his first ear infection until 18 months old and that was the first time he was really sick with something more than just sniffles.  Yay breastfeeding helping his immune system. But boy was it a doozy.  He ran a 103-105 temp for four days.  He also hated the antibiotic and we had to force it down his throat.  

Poor pitiful Destructo when he had his first ear infection

Ollie didn't fare so well.  He is only nine months old and this one came on without the typical cold Kai gets ear infections after.  We are traveling in the mountains though so maybe that had something to do with it and he is also hard core teething right now.  He had a slight 100-101 temp all day yesterday but I thought it was just teething since he had no other symptoms.  But then last night it was 102ish and he was very stuffed up and miserable.  Just so sad and pitiful.  Now I am sad and pitiful because I am so very tired.

And it is New Year's Eve.  I doubt I will make it to midnight lol.  I am old.  But that is okay.  My pitiful boy needs me.  The worst part was on the ride home from dinner tonight when my ears popped apparently his were too and that made him start screaming so loudly.  I sat next to him in the back seat and he was just clawing at his little ear.  I felt awful because there was nothing I could do to help.  You realize just how much you would do for your kids at moments like that because I would gladly take his ear infection if it meant he didn't have to be in pain.  

Let's hope he recovers very quickly in 2015.  At least Murphy didn't hate me this time around.  He got sick on the last day of the year before our deductible starts over.  Yay Murphy.