Because I know the entire blogosphere is awaiting an update on our household. Ha! So we went to bed last night with two sick girls, one well girl playing nurse, and one little boy who had just woke up all chipper from a nap because of a headache. That stinker was wide awake. I, however, was not. He slept in the bed with me since hubby was in a different room. That boy wanted to talk! This girl wanted to sleep! Every time I would drift off, he would start talking or coughing or roll right over nearly on top of me and disturb me. Around 4ish, he started saying his throat hurt. He reminds me so much of oldest daughter by seeming EXCITED to be sick. He gave me a play-by-play report every minute or so. "Mom, my throat hurts. Mom, my throat hurts 'worser' now. Mom, now my throat REALLY hurts." Shut up!!!! Lol I felt his head and could tell he was hot. I got up and stumbled to the bathroom to find the thermometer. His temp was 100.4. I was pretty grumpy from zero sleep at this point, so I got up feeling everyone's heads, including my husbands, and was sure to let him know I had had NO sleep. He just sorta looked confused. Lol He came into our room and coaxed our son to be quiet and let me sleep. He did fall asleep, but at this point he was feverish and kept coughing directly into my face. :(
I tried to sleep in but it was pointless. I did lay in bed until about 9:30, but oldest daughter was in and out asking permission to give this one Sprite or that one crackers or could she wash the thermometer with alcohol and take her sisters' temps. She was really going to town with those whole nursing bit.'
Of all things I started this morning, too, so that didn't help how I felt with being sleep deprived and needing to run around taking care of people and stuff! So I ended up going back to sleep later in the early afternoon and resting for a while as the kids watched a video. I felt much better after some rest, so I hopped up and got busy on a bunch of things. Hubby had brought home some Subway per my request. Things just seem really topsy turvy around here right now, and I just wanted something immediate instead of fooling around in my currently-understocked kitchen!
Little man acted completely fine despite his fever and sore throat. He couldn't seem to get enough to eat all day. He had a couple of clementines in the morning and an apple later on the in the day as well as his Subway and even a full supper at night.
I have a shower chair back from when I was paralyzed. My husband got that out of the shed for me and cleaned it off. Middle daughter has by far been the sickest. She hasn't wanted to get off the couch at all, even wanting help to go to the restroom. I told her she had to shower because she hadn't since Tuesday night. Eeek! She tried to refuse, but I made her get up. I helped her to the shower and did her hair and everything for he. I could tell she was starting to come alive from getting up and enjoying the hot water. After getting cleaned up, I gave her some ibuprofen to combat her fever. She was a different kid! She has barely taken a bite since Tuesday evening, but she finally asked for some chicken noodle soup. Then she asked for some more. She wanted a small bit of mashed potatoes tonight at supper. I am so glad that she is able to eat again!
Littlest daughter really did great as long as she had ibuprofen. I got her all cleaned up, too. Her and middle daughter sat on the couch laughing and giggling, acting like their normal selves. Middle daughter got to feeling so good that she began arguing with her older sister, to which Miss Nurse did not respond well! Lol Middle daughter is just completely the instigator in the family. If there is conflict anywhere, she is always involved in some way. Ugh.
So tonight everyone was doing so good! I got all the windows cleaned inside and out in the bedroom that we are fixing up. Hubby came home and primed the walls for painting. I got dishes washed and some things cleaned out of cabinets. I was so hopeful that we were actually on the good end of this flu deal and the virus had weakened as it went through the family!
Well, around 10 pm the flood gates opened. Oldest daughter finally started in with a fever and sore throat. Our son couldn't control his sneezing. He was sneezing every 2 seconds or so, really hard, and at 5 he's not yet good at consistently covering his mouth. :( Germs were flying all over having a grand party, I'm sure! Littlest daughter started looking terrible under her eyes again, and middle daughter's temperature had returned. And my throat hurts. Waaaaahhhhhhh.
Everyone's emotions are running high from sickness, exhaustion, and being cooped up in this house. Somehow hubby ended up in an emotional spat with oldest daughter. She was crying hysterically and he just stood there looking really confused, a lot like I remember him looking early in our marriage. Lol She is so much like me that it's not even funny! Then she swore up and down that middle daughter told her she was the worst sister in the world. She was hyperventilating she was crying so hard. Middle daughter was boo-hooing, denying saying that. Oldest daughter asked her younger siblings if she had really said that. One said yes, one said no. GO FIGURE! I ended up walking in the room and offending hubby by telling everyone off, letting them know there would be no solution to the argument so just drop it! Haha It was a crazy moment in this household for sure! We all got calmed down. I was able to talk with the kids, still not settling anything. Hubby showered and I made stress cookies and now we're all good. Whew!
Oh. All this going on and Disabled Man just wants to know when I'm ever gonna get him his Slim Jim packages I promised him. LOL That man!!!
Three out of four kids are now asleep. It's nearly midnight. I'm going on to bed so as not to repeat last night! I really wonder if tomorrow I'll wake up with this wicked flu that is trying very hard to ruin our Christmas plans. ::sigh:: I don't care. I'm fighting back! I've already sent out all Christmas cards. We have our gifts here at home at least. My house is mostly clean. I'm having a room redone, which is exciting. If for some reason we don't get to go to my parents' house for the first time ever in our lives, so be it! I'm still gonna enjoy Christmas!