Flu Flew By

So, now we aren’t sure the flu fairy did visit us. And by flu I mean REGULAR flu, NOT Swine Flu. Vivien tested positive for a sinus infection. She was only droopy for 36 hours, so I’m inclined to think it was not the flu. As when I had it a few years ago I was on my back… and not in a good way. The nurse said she should still finish the Tami Flu. I felt a little bad since it would give her little tummy aches.

By the way, found the best way possible to get her to take it. I put it in one of those plastic 2 oz containers that people give formula to babies in. Mix it with lemonade, cover with the lid. Then if possible go out to a public place and put a bright straw in the container. Taste isn’t terrible, straw is fun and less resistance in public. When we went to breakfast one morning it was a breeze. Then bribes are at the ready too.  “When you are done you can have a cupcake!”

I realize Swine flu is not the same as polio circa 1946, but I’m a little bent to find out a TA at school had told other parents that Vivien had had Swine flu. I was tipped off by another parent, so I said straight out to the kind TA “Vivien did not have swine flu; we don’t even think she had regular flu. Please don’t say that.”

Oh, okay.

Let’s get our communicable diseases right.

By the way, thanks to all who reminded my sleep-deprived brain about my pack and play. It is working out so well. Even though a few nights a week we still have to make and eat dinner, clean the dishes, get last-minutes snacks, make Viv’s lunch by 730 or 8 so I can put the PnP in the “playroom” and get Rex down to sleep. I even figured out where the power cord is for my monitor so it can’t “conk” out.

See what getting some sleep can do? I feel giddy. I’m so rested. I still nurse him when he wakes up at 1. Yes, partly because by then I look and feel as if I have had implants, but after the nights I’ve had for 8 months, waking up once feels like a gift. And I do miss him.

Sleeping, Viv back at school. Who knows what I can accomplish now! I even took a shower!

The Flu Has Struck Our Home

So, I might not be as prolific this week due to Mr. Flu paying us a surprise visit. I was going to get the kids (and yes, I do gaze at this picture from a couple of weeks ago when they go to sleep) flu shots almost two weeks ago, but our doctor ran out. This is the regular flu, no H1N1. A couple of days ago Vivien complained of tummy issues. Not sure when a 4 year old says that it is legit or a ruse to get more cartoons. She went to school, and then to her grandma Cheryl’s house (my MIL). Around 4, Cheryl said that Viv was not herself and wanted her momma. I brought her home ASAP dialing the pediatrician as I went. By the time we made it to the doctor the next morning for our appointment, Vivien had gotten sick a few times, but now she seemed pretty good. She tested negative for flu, but the following night it had become respiratory. I phoned the doctor. She said she thinks the test was a false negative. That it looked like flu and now she thought it was. Might have been too early for a clear diagnosis. When I got home from work I was going to go to Mark’s book signing at Border’s. But no dice.

“Mommy, don’t leave.”  My mom went, which was so sweet of her.

And the sleep issues continue…  See here is the problem for the family, and really, me. Since Rex outgrew his bassinet and his vibey chair, there are only two places for him to sleep. In his crib in Vivien’s room or in Oliver’s bed with a make-shift bumper of safety around him. When Oliver is with us, as he was the last couple of nights, that leaves the crib. Now, normally Viv can sleep through a lot. Probably even Rex’s middle-of-the night babbles, but not when she is sick. And if she wakes up, so does he. So, you know, it’s like a whack a mole. Can’t help but have a moment of “Thanks, Bernie Madoff.” I’m sure he didn’t think his crimes would keep parents from getting some sleep, but there you have it. I long for one more room.  Just a Tiny one. Just to keep one down in one room, and the one in the other. I know there are families who all live in one room and happy to have it. But I’m a big, cranky old lady who wants to sleep and wants my kids to sleep.

I said to Mark, the problem is we think of how to raise our kids from the perspective of being kids ourselves. I remember fondly sharing a room when I was little with both of my sisters, so I thought it would be fine for my kids. But I wasn’t thinking of what my mom probably went through to get us to sleep, to keep us quiet. I do remember my father coming in and yelling at us, “Will you be quiet; we are trying to sleep!” I thought he was a big grouch at the time. Now I understand.

It’s like my friend who told me she wanted 4 kids. I said, “Why?”

Her: “Because I had a great time with my 3 siblings.”

Me: “Yeah, but didn’t you say your mom had issues with depression and anger?”

Her: “Yeah?”

Me: ” Well, now you don’t get to play in the backyard. You are her.”

Her: “…maybe I will stop at one.”

Back to the flu…  the doctor wanted to call in a prescription for Tamiflu, but the pharmacy I had directed her towards didn’t have it. She called and basically said it was up to me to find one that had it. Much calling around while I try to make my first cup of joe. Thank goodness for the Neglecterzizer. Found one that had the adult version, and they could make it into the kid version (the suspension).

Meanwhile, my camera man shows up to film a batch of Cool Mom vids. So the next time you see Vivien in a video know that she had flu at the time. She is being such a sweetie. I don’t think it’s a bad flu. When I’ve gotten I was ruined. She is tender, but still so energetic at times. I guess all kids are like that? She has been freakishly healthy so I don’t have a lot to go on.

So, tonight here is what I am trying.  Long chaise couch cushion on the floor of the playroom (space off of kitchen) for Rex. I need another sleep-on-the-move device for him like the vibey chair, but bigger. I hope this arrangement works out tonight.  And that they are separated enough so that they both get sleep and Rex doesn’t get the flu.

Momversation: Will Flu Shots Make Your Child Sick?

This is a major health issue. BUT get a load of my TV make up! I shot this right after I came home from taping “The Fashion Team,” which meant I had the pro make up. I think it looks good except the false eye lashes are too much for online vids.

Okay, I JUST got Rex’s 6-month shots. His doctor told me that yes, we should all get the swine flu vaccine in October, and we will. This vid was shot last week when I was still like… mmm peaches are nice this season… swine what??

I think I have rarely gotten a flu vaccine, but when I was a single gal I was not so concerned with it… although real bona fide flu is AWFUL. But I would NEVER want to make my kiddos sick, so sign me up.

Sidebar: I took Rex by myself to the doctor since Mark was still on driving restrictions (just lifted yesterday). Rex cried so hard he wouldn’t even nurse. A first for either of my children. I finally just picked him up and walked him out and brought him home. Poor lamb. I almost cried myself like I did the first few times Viv had her shots. But I have learned to sack up and not make it about ME. Got to be tough. Oh, but poor lamb. :( He has been very tender today.