Death Becomes Her

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That is a picture I took of myself to show my mom just how bad I was feeling at that exact moment. I look like sh^t and felt even worse. I put on Facebook the only way I knew to best describe how I felt was, Death Becomes Her. I’ve never had the flu. I NEVER want to have it again!!!

When my son told me he didn’t feel well this past Monday I took him to the doctor and was surprised when they said he tested positive for the flu. He had just tested positive for strep throat four days prior and was still on antibiotics. Seriously?!?! While I was at the doctors office I got a steroid shot because my allergies had been acting up for a while now and it had been over a year since I’d had a shot. The doctor said she was worried about me getting the flu too and prescribed me Tamiflu. I looked at the doctor like she was crazy. I don’t need Tamiflu, I don’t get the flu. This is only allergies. Yes, I feel like I’m dying but it’s JUST allergies. Denial denial denial.

That was Monday, today is Saturday, and I’m finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Finally. This week has been the worst. I never knew that laying in bed could actually be painful. It was impossible to get comfortable. Sleep did not come easily. I felt like I’d ran a marathon, my legs hurt like hell. My wrists even hurt, what is that?!?!

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Even though me and my son were down for the week, I still had my daughter to take care of and get back and forth to school. On Wednesday morning my daughter got herself up and ready for school and asked if I was going to take her to school. I laid in bed with 103 temperature dreading the drive two blocks away to her school. “You can stay home today baby.” If it had been my son he would have jumped at the chance to stay home. Not my daughter. She innocently shook her head and said “No mommy, I want to go to school.” So I dragged myself out of bed and got in the car. That was THE longest drive ever!

We pulled up to the school twenty minutes late. I hunched over the steering wheel trying really hard not to puke. I watched her eagerly run to the front door, purple dress and pink tights, tie dye Little Mermaid backpack, hair flowing. Her little legs running as fast as they could. I had a moment right then. An overwhelming wave of gratitude washed over me. There I was feeling like death but all I could think about was how grateful I am for my life, for my babies, for the fact that my daughter chose school over staying home. That was a sweet moment.Ā 

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One morning (not sure which one, the whole week is a blur) I sat on the couch with my son in the dark, tv off, drinking pedialyte from the bottle. Unable to sleep, I just sat there feeling worse than I have in a long time, I had a flashback. I went back to to the time I thought it a good idea to mix rum and pedialyte together in hopes of not having a ridiculous hangover. I went back to the many times I sat in the dark hungover and unable to sleep, guilt and shame consuming my every thought.

Damn flu! Damn flashbacks! Snapped out of that real quick!

Anyway, that’s been my week. My first experience with the flu and hopefully my last. My kids are well and I’m seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Thank goodness! As my friend says, this was my body’s way of telling me I needed to slow down and rest. My body doesn’t have to be so damn dramatic to gets it’s point across lol. Now excuse me while I go put onions in my socks.

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Death Becomes Her

  1. Aaaaw honey! Wishing you well! And by the time you get better you might want to look up the percentage of people who actually get the flu utterly bad after having had a flu shot. I believe it runs into the 10-15% or so. With what I have seen in my surroundings I assume (yes, assume, not a doctor) that the joint pain comes from an reaction of the body to something in the shots. Joint swelling and pain does not go with flu, it does with reactions to shots. I would strongly advise it to check it out before you get lured into this absurd shot for this, shot for that business again. Try Googling ‘flu shot good’ and ‘flu shot bad’, see the difference in results. šŸ™‚
    In the Netherlands a lot of GP’s don’t hand them out because of the dangers attached. By the way: antibiotics bring your bodies resitances down. So if one gets antibiotics today, the days and weeks after the natural defense of the body is disturbed so yes, it is easier for your son too to become ill after that. A throat infection can be lessened by gargling luke warm water with sea salt, it needs Potassion in the salt, not only Sodium. Works wonders, specifically if one catches it in an early stage.
    And please just dismiss this if it is all too hocus pocus for you. šŸ™‚
    Hope you feel better soon!
    xx, Feeling

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