Friday, October 09, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust

Gum Zombie's down for the count with 101.5 degree fever.

I'm not sure I'm going to even take him in to the pediatrician to have H1N1 verified. What's the point of exposing all the other sick kids at the doctor's office to him when I'm 99.9% sure I know what it is? And calling the office first wouldn't help because they'll (correctly) state that it is of course my choice.

And in their voice I'll hear, "Oh good grief, I have to tell her this? She's been a mother for how long?" So the mom in me is slightly panicky, but the human who's been at this awhile is trying to just take it in stride.

Today is the Elder's last day home sick, so the plan is I'll restock on Motrin, make sure I've got a ton of juice for both of them, push fluids, and figure out how in the world I'm going to tell the office.


And of course, the news is showing a segment right now on the H1N1 pandemic saying it's "hitting young children especially hard." It seems that with the standard flu, 80% of the deaths are in those over 65. But with H1N1, 80% of the fatalities are in those below 65.

The Gum Zombie is six.

And right now they're showing the kids who are in the ICU, one of whom has been in a coma for a month.

Here's hoping his case is as mild as the Elder's. And yes, I'm knocking every piece of wood within reach.


Angel, I'll be over to check those blog awards in a few -- I was heading your way, then I had to wake up GZ for school (I thought), and well... you now know the rest of the story. Best laid plans and all that, LOL.

I mentioned this was going to be a long two weeks. It appears I might have been correct.


Angel said...

Hey no worries hon. I know you have your hands quite full!!

((((Hugs)))) and love to the family! JediBoy is praying for both your boys--youngest is going to be FINE. Try not to let the media scare you (I know, so much easier said than done, says the mom on anxiety meds)

Hang in there!!

Jenn said...

Oh no, that's awful! Like Angel said, he will be okay. What the media doesn't tell you is that 99% of the cases are mild. They only sensationalize the very few cases with complications.
I hope he's better soon!

Mauigirl said...

Sorry to hear of the flu infestation. Hope everyone recovers 100% in record time.

I am finally catching up with blogs! Have been spending way too much time over on Facebook. (And yes, that is me that just sent you a friend request!)

Amanda said...

Thanks Angel and Jenn! Further remarks in the most recent blog post to y'all :)

And hey there Maui! Okay, running over to Facebook to grab that invite LOL. We're all hanging in -- we'll make it!