March 16, 2005

Eye Opener

My kids have been sick for the last two weeks with the flu. I started with Son#2 (T), and has moved to Son#1 (Brown Bear). T was out all last week, sick as a dog. I could not break his fever. Motrin would only bring it down to 100. Soon as it wore off, it spiked back up. This went on for three days, followed by a day of an upset stomach and now he just has congestion.

There is evidently a 1 week incubation as my Brown Bear has it now. My 10 year old is NEVER sick. NEVER. He got sick on Sunday and tomorrow will be his first day back to school. I've NEVER in my life seen him like this. Since Sunday, he has been laying around the house, sleeping and not moving. His fever broke yesterday, he ate tonight for the first time since Sunday.

Today I went in to see his teacher to bring home any work he's been missing. Man teacher told me that last week, of the 60 kids in 4th grade, TWENTY-FIVE were out sick with the flu. We're hitting almost 50% there... I find those numbers scary.

So I was e-maling one of my favorite bloggers, and I was telling him how sick the kids are this year with the flu and he made mention of it giving a whole new view of the fears of the bird flu.

He is so right. I had just read, maybe two weeks ago, about the bird flu, and how scary it is going to be... 70% mortality they think. And it is mutating to a human to human contact... slowly.

They are already vaccines on order through the government. Holy crap. We think this last hysteria over the shortages of vaccines was bad... manomanoman, that AIN'T NOTHIN' if this turns out to be a real, no kidding, threat.

Posted by Boudicca at March 16, 2005 09:24 PM

I can only imagine. I only get sick about twice a year. I get a bad cold, and then I get the's very predictable. And when I AM sick, I am a BIG BABY!!!!

So I hope your boys feel better....I don't wish that crap on anyone....well, there are a couple people I can think of.... ;-)

Posted by: Sissy at March 16, 2005 09:57 PM

A group of mothers recently stormed into a school kitchen in London to find out what sort of crap their children were being fed, and found chicken imported from Thailand!

In the middle of this Asian bird flu thing. Scary.

Posted by: Sally at March 17, 2005 05:14 AM

Man oh Mannn... and I thought I was worried about this flu. #1 Son is doing ok, but I can't get that stupid fever to go away.

Posted by: vw bug at March 17, 2005 07:06 AM

I had a chiropractor who was 92 a few years ago when he retired. He was _old.school_. He also used vitamins and excercies to heal people.

He said that he wanted his patients to get some form of cold or mild illness each year. He believed that it stimulated the immune system and kept it functioning correctly.

What's that saying "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"?

And I remember when I was young, I used to get so sick that the fibers on the blanket felt like large sticks. scary.

Posted by: _Jon at March 17, 2005 10:40 AM

They actually closed some schools here in WI, as so many kids were out sick. (And probably staff, too.)

Posted by: TNT at March 20, 2005 03:06 AM