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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Okay - so it looks like the girls have it. They definitely have some sort of flu. Nasal swabs showed negative, but according to my doc they come back negative all the time when they shouldn't. (I'm not sure I understand why they even use them...)

The older one had a chest x-ray - no pneumonia! The little one is exhibiting early symptoms. The doctor has said that day2 and day3 are normally the worst days. According to the H1N1 instructions that were given to me by the doc, I am to push fluids and keep my eye out for certain symptoms that indicate further medical action:

Blue lips
Difficulty breathing
Not drinking
Not waking up
Extreme irritability
Fever with rash
Improving of symptoms - and then return of symptoms with fever and worsening cough
Pain or pressure in chest
Severe or persistent vomiting

Grizzly Mama has her Grizzly Eyes on the situation.

The girls' school has had a policy since the beginning of the year: If a child has a fever they must stay home until 24 hours has passed with no fever and without the aid of a fever reducing medicine. Accordingly, I kept my oldest home yesterday because she woke up with a low grade fever. The little one had no fever yesterday but woke up with a low grade fever today. The oldest one felt pretty good until about 7:30 pm yesterday when she started coughing and fever spiked to 102 degrees. Today she woke up and her fever had spiked to 104.7 degrees and she was so totally sick and miserable that my Grizzly Instinct was seriously alarmed. A cool washcloth to the head, some Tylenol and plenty of fluids were pushed. Getting her dressed to get to the doctors office reminded me of the days when she was so little that she couldn't dress herself.

They're both feeling pretty good now, but I expect spiking fevers are in our future. I normally don't give anything for a fever, unless it gets to be over 102 or so - and also depending on how they feel. Even at 102, if they're feeling okay I won't give a fever reducer. Fever is the body's way of killing that bug and it is something that I don't mind dealing with. That 104.7 freaked me out a bit, though.

It's hard for a mother when the kids are sick. They suddenly look much smaller than normal and more vulnerable. Especially with everything being said about this flu - that the people dying are not typical for seasonal flu deaths. One can't help but think of the worst and realize that, even if we like to think that we have control, there are a lot of things out there that we have absolutely no control over at all.


Blogger Most Rev. Gregori said...

Mama, I shall pray for the cubs' swift and full recovery. And please don't let yourself get run down. You can't help the cubs if you get sick.

22 October, 2009 22:46  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Thanks so much Rev!

Too late though - I am sick as a dog. Skin hurts...

23 October, 2009 15:16  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Ouch I couldnt imagine my babies being that sick. I like home schooling because now the girls arent in with all this.. Yikes.. I mean sure they can still get it but not as likely as being around other kids.

26 October, 2009 14:58  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

I know what you mean, Tweetey - although when we were homeschooling they came down with everything that came down the pike anyway. We're all slowly healing. They still have slight fevers so they can't go back to school yet. I was put on Tamiflu Saturday and I'm feeling much better now except that I'm very tired. We're through the worst of it - and for my oldest it was really nasty. The little one didn't get hit quite as hard.

26 October, 2009 15:36  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Oh jeepers!! Hope you get better soon, AND the girls too!

26 October, 2009 16:51  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Thanks, DC! Better every day. Hopefully tomorrow will be fever-free.

27 October, 2009 00:11  
Blogger Mike's America said...

That fever was pretty darn high. I hope you broke out the aspirin.

28 October, 2009 00:21  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Good to hear everyone's on the mend. I hate hearing when kids are sick. Its awful as a parent to see your little one's so tired and not wanting to move much.

28 October, 2009 11:01  
Blogger tshsmom said...

It's scary when the kids' temps get that high. My kids would run fevers like that whenever they were sick. Fortunately they grew out of it.

I hope things have cooled off at the Grizzly Homestead!

28 October, 2009 15:15  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

I just posted on swine flu today, Grizzly Mama!

Thanks for commenting at my blog!

28 October, 2009 18:23  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Yeah Mike - well not aspirin for the kids, but 'fever reducer'. ;-)

Thanks Tweetey. They are finally back to school today.

29 October, 2009 08:19  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Getting better tshsmom - just a mountain of laundry to catch up on now. Good to see you again!

Thanks, Donald!

29 October, 2009 08:20  

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