Fever (feel like death)

5 Sep

I started getting a fever yesterday.

It sucked.

I think the last time I had one was in 2003. Last night was bad, then I woke up today better.

Stupid me. Typical of a mom. I went ahead with the day. I did not rest.

I started feeling a little crappy again early in the evening. (Thankfully I had just finished making school lunches!).

Minutes later I was in hell. Aching, shivering and thrashing around. I declared I felt worse than I did in labor (with a failed epidural). What’s worse is that Kate Plus Eight was on the TV during my agony, which you know added to it.

I wailed that this was karma, for not sufficiently caring for my son when he was feverish last week and being dragged around Great Wolf Lodge (I didn’t know he had a fever…thought he was being a pill).

Despite ingesting Tylenol and Advil the fever kept rising, and my agony along with it.

I don’t remember fevers sucking so bad. I get nervous when the kids have them because of my daughter’s history of febrile seizures. I’m guessing this was particularly painful because it was rising rapidly.

My really devoted husband tried to help, but I was unhelpable. So, he kept taking my temperature.

Now its down to 101.6 which feels great compared to two hours ago, but I can’t sleep at all. I was wondering how high is really bad. I’m hoping I can get it together in the morning to have a proper first day of school send off.

How do you manage when you’re sick yet responsible for others?

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6 Responses to “Fever (feel like death)”

  1. Monica September 6, 2011 at 2:20 am #

    Awww that sucks. Hope you get better soon. I actually gave birth, like you with a failed epidural, 10lb baby.. and I had THE FLU from hell. Everyone who came into contact with me ended up getting sick lol.. .. after doing that I dunno, it’s pretty hard to take me down. If I do I just make the kids stay in the bedroom with me.. cause its usually my 3 yr old that gets sick first, then me, then the baby… last time we were all sick the 3 yr old was sick 2 days and then started jumping around like he was fit as a fiddle.. meanwhile I was just coming down with mine. Not great timing, let me tell you! *crossing my fingers* I don’t get the flu this year. Try to rest even though I know it’s impossible. Get better soon Mamma!

    • elana September 6, 2011 at 7:36 am #

      i’m a huge fan of mucinex D for starters – it gets me to a place where i can function at least :)

      • Barbara @ Just Another Manic Mommy September 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

        oooh I’ve never tried Mucinex but it seems like that’s what all the pediatricians recommend these days. but unfortunately it’s not appropriate for this illness as it is just a nasty fever!

    • Barbara @ Just Another Manic Mommy September 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

      OMG!!! I can’t imagine having the flu during labor…you poor thing! Far worse than what I experienced, I’m sure. Thanks for your kind thoughts…doing better today!

  2. Deborah the Closet Monster September 6, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Aw. I hope you’re feeling better this morning.

    I had some kind of infection a few months back, but I can’t for the life of me remember what I did during the entire week off from work. I still had to care for Li’l D and the dog. I remember one evening Li’l D climbed all over me to 4-5 episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba, tho’ we usually only allow one 20-minute TV episode per day. And that is all I remember from an entire week . . .

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