Last Saturday night, I told Gabriel that the next day was his half birthday. He very sweetly asked who was coming to his party. I had to backpedal a bit, explaining that we don’t really celebrate half birthdays; they are just a way of marking time. I feared that he would have a meltdown (lots of those in the past couple of months — Tyrannical Threes?), but he handled the “no party” news fairly well.
On his half birthday, he woke with a fever (after a night spent coughing), and he’s been sick ever since. No party, and the flu?* He’ll probably just vote to skip his half birthday next year, and I wouldn’t blame him!
He’s been pretty lethargic, with an on-and-off fever, that, other than Sunday morning, seems to appear in the afternoon and dissipate later in the evening. In general, we like to let the fever do it’s job (the point of a fever is raising the temperature to make it inhospitable to the invading microbes), but at this point, we’re starting to feel like the fever has had it’s chance.
He also has a terrible cough, that, of course, mostly surfaces when he tries to lie down and rest. His body seems to be able to mostly shut off the coughing for a good portion of the night (perhaps with the help of medicated chest rub), but the cough surfaces in full force around 4:30am. One morning he coughed so hard (and probably had so much nasty phlegm in his belly), that he threw up a bit. Fortunately (?) I was in bed with him at the time, but ever since I’ve been paranoid that it will happen again and he’ll asphyxiate.
He rejected my attempt at a homemade honey and lemon cough remedy (it had coconut oil in it, and was kind-of weird, to be fair — maybe just honey and lemon next time???).
In the past five days, G has watched more TV at home than in the past 3.5 years combined (that’s not counting what he watched at his sitter’s, which was not crazy, but more than I was thrilled about): Daniel Tiger and Curious George episodes, along with Charlotte’s Web and Cinderella.
His appetite is almost non-existent. We’re really pushing the liquids: water, herbal tea with lots of honey, and some [usually diluted] juice. I’m half tempted to see if I can start lactating again, both for hydration and comfort.
It kind of feels like winter break never ended. We had one week of school/work normalcy, and now this all week. So far, Matthew and I are relatively healthy (knock on wood). I’m hoping that G will kick this thing in the next few days, and be ready to return to school on Tuesday.
*We all had our flu shots, but there’s a nasty influenza strain going around that wasn’t included in this year’s vaccine — rotten luck!