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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  1. being a sick mother of young kids sucks. being pregnant with the flu right before Christmas is torture. feel better soon!

  2. Lisa Wimmer Moore on

    I had THE flu when I was 8 weeks pg with #1. I distinctly remember longing for sweet death. Glad you’re better!

  3. Garlic (raw, taken like a vitamin capsule), or garlic oil… omg it is helping me so much today. I feel like crap, but a 1000x better than this morning. I also put coconut oil in my ears. LOL It did help though.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  4. Jenelle Willert on

    Glad you made the right decision, the silly blog world will wait. Take care of you and your family and have a Merry Christmas!

  5. Love that photo! Feel better soon.

    PS: We rarely get sick and I attribute it to my first aid remedy. Just when we start coming down with something – you know that achey feeling? I mix honey with lightly boiled (60 sec, smoosh through press) garlic clove and give it to everyone in the household and it usually goes away in a day or two! Bad breath, but better than a week of not functioning. When the throat is involved, we add to that same mixture cinnamon, ginger (good for nausea too), and tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar. It tastes yummy mixed with the honey. Just make sure you have real honey, preferably local or raw with all the antiviral properties intact. Oh, and we double dose on vitamin D3 when we catch something, like 4,000 IUs twice a day (always gets me in the winter when there is no sun!)

  6. I will be the only one to tell you not to get a flu shot, they are full of mercury which is a neurotoxin. Sorry you were sick. I got it when I was PG with our 3rd too, but you will be OK.

  7. Hope you are feeling better, and can enjoy the holidays! After reading this, my fetus is jealous of your KFC mashed potatoes, and I just texted my husband to pick some up on his way home. Seriously, who eats food from KFC!?!?!

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