Jacob has the flu. I took Jacob to the doctor on Wednesday and she did a nasal swab that he did not enjoy… and it was positive. We’re supposed to take Tamiflu twice a day for 5 days. Now, let me tell you, that Tamiflu does NOT smell amazing. Jacob took the 5mL (1 teaspoon) okay for the first few times but then Thursday night, he spit about half of it out. So today is Saturday, and I’m not sure exactly how much of this is getting into his system. Luckily, he hasn’t had any fevers since Wednesday and now he has a cough but is playful and his usual tantrum self these days.
Jeff left to go to Mexico early Friday morning. I was nervous because if Jacob got worse, I didn’t want to have to do this alone. You’d think an ‘experienced’ mother and physician myself would be able to handle things by herself… but not this lady! I am the kind of person who will treat a temperature (tympanic membrane of 100.4) because that is borderline fever and I’d treat it as prevention!
Jacob is rejecting the Tamiflu- I’ve hidden it in yogurt squeeze, whipped cream, applesauce and even ice cream and he sees through everything! I put some in his milk that he is nursing very slowly throughout the day. I need to get a refill on the medication because I’ll run out with all these attempts before the required 5 days of treatment!
The nanny also started presenting with cold symptoms as well. She went to the ER today and got diagnosed with the flu. She was supposed to come this afternoon but had to cancel. This was the first time she’s cancelled. It gives me a feeling of sheer terror if she calls in sick because we have no back up. We have no plan B, C, D. She is all we have! Luckily, I am not working on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Jeff is pre-call and off on Wednesday so Tuesday is our only issue day. We’ve never had to face this dilemma before!
There is something going around San Diego these last few weeks. It is flu season. I never really noticed or cared so much until now! I hope the rest of you all stay healthy this season.