Today is day three of what the doctor claims will be five to seven days of complete hell. On Monday Will was diagnosed with Influenza Type A. Many times people are sick and claim they have the flu. The only difference is that Will was tested by a doctor who stuck a swab up his nose and ran a screen to see for sure what he had. He tested positive and now is just one of many victims of this horrid illness and YES he did have a flu shot.
The doctor prescribed Tamaflu and said it MIGHT knock one day off
but he also warned that it tends to make kids sick to their stomachs. When I went to the pharmacy to pick it up I was shocked when the pharmacist told me that the cost would be $100.22. She said the insurance company was paying the twenty-two cents (nice) and the cost was so high because it’s a new year and we started over with the deductible. She told me not to get it filled. She said it wasn’t worth it and that it wouldn’t make him better but may make him worse. She told me stories of others, including her own children, who had the flu and made it through just fine without the Tamaflu.
So I opted not to get it. But the doctor also told me to alternate giving him Tylenol and Motrin every three hours and cold medicine as well. I did this for the first day and even set an alarm so he wouldn’t wake up
sick in the night. On day two I waited and took his temperature every half hour to see if it was going up. It took seven hours before it started to rise but I think that’s because he had so much medicine built up in his system. It can’t possibly be good for a child to have that much medicine for that long of a period of time. I sometimes wonder if it wouldn’t be better to just let the fever run its course but I really don’t want to put him through that so I will just continue with the medicine.
So today is day three and he’s hanging in there like a little trooper. He was not impressed when the little girl next door dropped homework
off for him yesterday but with missing a week of school we don’t want him to get too far behind. But I think he’s feeling a little better as this morning he had an argument with his sister and was scolded for intentionally breathing on her so she would get sick too.
When I dropped Mac off at school this morning there was a little
boy standing on the sidewalk vomiting into the snow as a teacher comforted him. The other children scattered and watched from a distance. This is one awful strain of the flu people, wash your hands and steer clear of public places if you can. I swear Will got this at Bixby’s Rainforest – another kick in the face for winning a prize.