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Monday, April 16, 2007

Il Divo and Il Flu Bug!

So according to the calendar and my ticker up above TODAY is Il Divo!!!! This is the day I've been looking forward to for 3 months! And the night before last I had to get the flu! What great timing. I'm feeling a ton better this morning, just really weak. I was flat on my back yesterday, trying not to lift a finger so as to get better faster for today.

Last night was kind of scary. I got home from my parent's around 6:45 p.m. and I was shivering with chills. I took off my shoes and jacket and by the time I got upstairs to the bathroom I could hardly turn the water on. Here's my most brilliant moment...I didn't even think about fever...nope. So I ran a nice hot bath. We're talking slow roasted to perfection! Well, I get into my nice hot bath, hoping to stop the shaking and it only gets worse! I'm shaking so bad now I don't think I can even get out. I'm wanting to call Jer, but he's in the basement bathing the girls. So I grit my teeth (careful not to bite my tongue with all the chattering) and haul out of the tub (and we have a large tub, it's like doing hurdles). I run (more like stumble) still wet into my bed and get under the thickest, heaviest blanket I can find and curl up in the fetal position trying to stop the shaking. This whole episode lasted for half an hour. Jer finally comes upstairs and I tell him to go Google the recipe for an electrolyte drink (I'm thinking I'm getting dehydrated). I sip a little of that and then call Healthlinks and the nurses says I sound like I should be okay, but if the fever gets worse or my mouth gets really dry or I'm feeling dizzy I should go to emergency.

So I'm lying in bed taking my temperature like every 20 minutes and it's going up, and up and up. That's when I really started getting worried. My temperature was past the dangerous levels, but my skin wasn't really hot and I wasn't hallucinating or out of it. So Jer sponged me and I laid there and prayed. I took Tylenol and sat in a lukewarm bath. And prayed. Slowly...way too slowly my temperature went back down .1 degree at a time. I think I just got my internal temperature so hot in my bath that it took a really long time for it to go down. It wasn't even a fever. I'm naturally a hotter person to begin with, so that doesn't help. I finally went to bed at 10:15 and I slept really well. This morning I'm feeling a lot better, very weak, but way better than yesterday.

So Mommy's going to come over and make me homemade chicken noodle soup and help me with the girls so that I can rest up for this evening's outing. At least I can walk upright now for short periods of time and I don't feel nauseated anymore. All steps in the right direction!

***UPDATE: I'm feeling way better!!!! We're leaving for Il Divo in an hour and a quarter. Yay!!! Thanks for any prayers you may have sent!


cheeky said...

Oh no! I am so sorry girlie that you got so sick. I hope you are completely healed real soon, like by this evening. It does a number on your body for certain. Always take tylenol or some tablets to reduce fever once it starts, a must! I don't know if it's an old wive's tale, probably is, someone told me a bath with vinegar reduces fever. Go figure! I don't usually buy into that stuff but I thought of it when I read your post.
I'm glad you have your mum to help. Please take care of yourself.
Prayers will be said for you.
Enjoy Il Divo.

Jenene said...

Oh Erin! I hope you feel better by this evening! I'll be praying for you. I just had the flu, and it sucks so bad, it just drains you of your energy. And I think the bath with vinegar water is historically accurate. Although, just because they used that method way back in the day, doesn't mean that it's medically accurate.
Enjoy Il Divo!

it's me, Val said...

Oh Erin! I am so sorry to hear this! Your episode reminds me of the same one I had a few months ago. You know you are sick sick sick when you are uncontrollably shaking like that! I am so thankful for you that you got your fever down and that you're on the road to recovery. Hope you get to see Il Divo!! Take care and big gentle hugs to you!

Ruth said...

awww erin. so sorry you were sick.
glad you are getting better though. shalom friend

Anonymous said...

"I'm naturally a hotter person to begin with, so that doesn't help."

Well at least you know it. Some people are hot and they walk around and think they're ugly. That doesn't help either...

Dedee said...

So. . . How was it? I thought of you all last night! Hope you felt well enough to make it and enjoy it!

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