I’ll be the first to admit, when flu season came around I thought everyone was dealing with a bad cold. I know that may be naive, but it’s true. I had never personally had the flu, so I guess I didn’t realize how terrible it could be. Then I started seeing more headlines this winter of people dying from the flu and it did start scaring me. Why did these otherwise healthy people die from something that seemed to be a “normal” winter illness?
Now this winter we have been hit hard with other illness/ailments, particularly Beau. In December/January alone Beau had a bacterial infection, a toe infection, an eye infection and a normal run-of-the-mill cold. I should also mention he had an incident where he superglued his eye closed (long story, our cleaning crew put it in HIS TOYS).
So I started telling myself “at least it isn’t the flu.” Until it was.
Daycare called and said Beau’s temperature was at 103 and they highly advised he get tested for flu. No kids were known to have had it in his classroom, but it’s been rampant in our area and other kids had had it at the school.
Our pediatrician (who I love dearly) said it probably was the flu, it would take a day for results, and I should call my OB to see how they wanted to handle it. Results came back positive for influenza A.
Flu During Pregnancy
By this point I was confused and headed into Google to learn more about Tamiflu, flu during pregnancy, what to expect with Beau having the flu, etc.
Don’t Google some of those things. Here’s a link I found to have the most helpful and factual (still scary) information. I did not want to get the flu.
I wanted to post because there is a lot of information out there about pros/cons of Tamiflu, vaccines, etc. and I’m not giving any endorsement on anything (because guess what, I’m not a doctor!). But, I did trust the doctors I know and chose to start taking Tamiflu for prevention (and Beau is on it too). If anyone falls into this boat and needs to chat about it, my email is easy to find here (email@example.com).
How Is Beau Doing?
I will say that Beau’s symptoms have been relatively mild, with a runny nose, mucus and slight cough. The first two days his fever was high (103-104) and I noticed him shaking when he would first wake up from his nap. We got his fever controlled with Tylenol/Motrin but that was scary. He was also sleeping a ton (napping 12-6 and going to bed at 8, waking up at 7). But his behavior, appetite and overall attitude were fairly normal. But that could just be Beau! It was tough to get him to rest and relax, so I found myself bringing out the iPad (which we only use for car trips) and begging him to watch TV.
We are on day 5 or 6 now since symptoms started showing and he hasn’t had a fever for a couple of days, so by Monday we are very excited to resume normal life again. I have been very cautious about exposing him to other kids or play areas because I do not wish this illness (or the worrying that comes with it) on anyone. I’m still Lysol/deep cleaning everything I can and plan to do it again next week once we are in the clear. I’ve never been a germaphobe but I’m starting to feel like it.
Also to note: there is a component of isolation that comes with battling any kind of illness that has been hard on us too. Staying in our house for a week isn’t something we do a lot. We miss being with friends and hosting without worrying about spreading germs. There’s also been a fear that one of us are going to catch it from Beau and the cycle will continue. Lots of praying, healthy habits and close friends have kept me in better spirits (because I am a big worrier!).
Preventing Flu from Spreading
Here’s what I’ve been doing to keep flu from spreading:
- The whole family is taking elderberry, a supplement that’s a known natural anti-viral (Shep loves these special grape gummies!)
- Antibacterial wipes like crazy. I’m wiping down every surface, washing every toy, etc.
- These bags to wash Legos and other hard surface toys in the washing machine
- Braun ear thermometer (our old one was giving inaccurate readings and my friends recommended this one highly)
Hoping information on our experience can help another family wondering about flu or how to handle it. I wish you all a very healthy rest of this yucky flu season!