Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A struggle for normalcy amongst the flu!

It's flu season. I'm not worried about me. I got the flu shot. Even if "they" are saying that the strain out this year isn't the same as the one I was innoculated against, I'm not worried. My husband has the flu. He's on night two of coughing, aching, stuffy head and fever and I gotta tell you...no one is more ready for this to be over than ME! I'm the type that wants to be left alone when I'm sick. I don't want anyone around me. I want a phone, a remote, a thermometer and a drink nearby. That's all. It's all because I am a perky, upbeat person 90% of the time. When I'm sick, I'm not that person. I don't want to burden anyone with my unhappy attitude. Nevertheless, I recognize that not everyone is like that. Case in point - my husband. Like most men, it's the end of the world when he's sick. Am I right ladies? For the most part, if a lady gets the flu it's business as usual...just with a little more attitude. Kids still have to be carted around, houses still have to be kept up, contacts still have to be made & pets still have to be cared for. The family unit (as a whole) still has to operate. But, heaven forbid a man catch a cold or, worse, the flu. The entire operation might as well shut down! Needs are at an all time high and you're #1 on the demand list. The upside...at least you're needed, right? I find it most humorous that the phrase, "Ugh...I feel like crap!" is uttered repititiously. No shit, you feel like crap. YOU HAVE THE FLU!!!!!! Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it. You can go to the doctor only to have him send you home on fluids and rest. But, you're probably already doing that before you head up there, right?
  • Just stay in bed.
  • Rest.
  • Drink lots of fluids so you don't get dehydrated.
  • Take Tylenol regularly - or change it up by switching between that and Motrin. Always works for the babies.
  • Take something for congestion if it happens to accompany your fever.

Your body is going to ache - a lot. You're doing more harm than good by trying to do anything more than recover. Perhaps the flu is the body's way of saying, "Slow down, damn it! I'm tired!"...just a thought.


lauren said...

i think maya's getting it. she's just so weird tonight. She's all wheezy and she's coughing worse than she ever has with a cold... and she's in a HORRIBLE mood. I'm really kinda worried.... How do you tell when a baby has the flu?

Brent said...

She should be worried. She is in bed with the flu as I speak. As suggested, guess tomorrow is business as usual - Her Sick Needy Husband

Anonymous said...

Not to worry, Jenn. One time my husband got a hangnail. I swear to you that I felt as if he needed his arm in a sling. Men are babies !!!! Maybe worse than babies.

Jenn said...

Lauren - I can't offer much advice..I know the only thing worse than a sick husband or being sick yourself would have to be a sick baby! I hope she's better soon!

Brent - I feel you're poking fun...I'll get you for that! BTW, you weren't THAT bad - as far as being needy goes ;)

Anonymous - That's very true. Splinters always make me laugh too!