On The 10th Day of Christmas My True Loves Gave To Me The Flu

Kendall didn’t feel well all last weekend. I chalked it up to another cold, and even sent him to school on Tuesday because he seemed to have moved past the worst of it, with just a nagging cough lingering. And because on Tuesday I really needed for him to be at school because I was becoming miserable.

By Wednesday, I was so miserable I couldn’t even muster the energy to take the kids to school. But I did manage to get us all to the walk-in family clinic that day, where I tested positive for Flu A.

“OMG, what is Flu A?!” I asked, expecting the doctor to be like, “Oh, it’s the kind of monkey flu they had in Outbreak. Sorry, this is actually the end of the world for you.”

But instead he was just like, “Oh, it’s just a strain of the regular flu. You’ll have it for about 5 days.”

I don’t think I’ve ever actually had THE flu. At least not using this experience as the baseline. Or maybe it’s so much worse because I’m 9 weeks pregnant.

And so I’m trying to keep myself hydrated and maintaining some sort of caloric intake, but the whole time my fetus is like, “Ewww! Chicken soup is gross! You need KFC MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY RIGHT THIS MOMENT.”

And then 10 minutes after I eat the potatoes it’s like, “Why did you listen to me about the potatoes? My God. They were so gross! Who actually eats food from KFC? As. If.”

All the while I’m coughing up a lung and my entire body aches.

Oh, and then there was this. Because the only grown up thermometer stopped working, and I wasn’t going to use the other kind of kid thermometer.

Turns out the kids probably had/have it, too, but theirs is much milder because they got the flu shot this year. Something I didn’t really make a priority for myself because I’ve never had one, and then once I found out I was pregnant, I didn’t want to get one while pregnant.

So, all of this is to say sorry for my absence lately. The Inappropriate Elf contest has been put on hold until after Christmas. I am starting to feel a bit better today, but since I haven’t been able to function all week, we are mega behind in our prep for the big day, and I hope to be enjoying family time this whole weekend.

I hope you all have a happy, safe holiday. I’ll see you back here next week.

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