Last week, were really looking forward to the holiday weekend that included Presidents' Day. Friday was supposed to be mild weather, so I had a trip to the Morris Arboretum planned for the kiddo and I. The kiddo had a swim lesson and a birthday party scheduled for Saturday. My husband took Monday off so that we could spend a family day together exploring the Franklin Institute. My husband and I were fighting some sinus troubles, but they were manageable, just annoying. And then the kiddo woke up on Friday with a fever. Life came to an abrupt halt.
My son rarely gets sick. Seasonal and pet allergies trouble him, but a full blown cold and a fever occurs once yearly or less. So when he woke up on Friday morning and climbed into my bed, he felt like a heating pad on high. He had lots of nasal congestion but thankfully his lungs were clear sounding. His temp was just barely 100 degrees F, so it wasn't a worrisome temperature, but it was enough to make him lethargic. For two days he laid on the sofa and cuddled with me. This is a kid who just plays all day usually. When he had no energy but to lay there, I knew he was feeling really bad.
We were all feeling sick. It was just sad. How does a family deal with everyone being sick? This is what we did:
- Clean. I continuously used bleach wipes to clean doorknobs, sink faucets and even the remote controls to keep the germs at bay. We ran the dishwasher with the sani-rinse setting too.
- Laundry. I changed bed sheets, especially pillow cases. I also changed the hand towels in the bathrooms and kitchen often.
- Hydrate. My son had no appetite, but I insisted that he drink often. He asked for iced tea, so I made a decaf herbal blend of hot tea and chilled it on ice for him to drink. I also gave him as many Honest Kids juice pouches as he wanted, along with water. The parents drank lots of hot tea and water too. I believe staying hydrated really helps with congestion, as well as has a cooling effect for a fever.
- TV viewing. We usually don't watch TV during the day. With the lethargy going on here, we took advantage of the on-demand feature and found the first season of Phineas and Ferb and watched almost all of them! It was a nice way to cheer us up and we all got a laugh even though we felt crummy.
- Sleep. My son refuses to nap because he is too old, he thinks, for naps. He did end up falling asleep on my several times. He also went to bed earlier than usual each night. This really helped him. (I on the other hand got little sleep, as I cleaned, did laundry and kept checking on my kiddo or had to help him when he was up with coughing spasms. My insomnia was kicked into high gear!)
By Sunday, my son was getting better but we stayed home and he just played all day. Monday he seemed to be great in the morning and we took the chance to go ahead with our plans to visit the Franklin Institute. I still felt exhausted from lack of sleep, but wanted to make the best of it since my son was so excited to see the Franklin Institute for the first time. It was a mistake to go, as he relapsed a bit by starting to be crabby and the cold air made his cough worse, so I kept him home from school on Tuesday, just in case. He was so mad that he missed school! (He LOVED the FI though, so much so that we bought a family membership so we can go back again!)
We are all still coughing a bit, but feel much better this weekend! I'm feeling grateful that we were just dealing with cold viruses and not the flu!