Rawlins Family

Rawlins Family

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Run, Don't Walk

If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet this year you need to stop reading right now, get in your car and go get a flu shot. Because I just lived through Flu Type A and it was horrid, terrible, awful, miserable and traumatic.

It started with mild cold symptoms that I didn't pay much attention to. My kids are always bringing home garbage from school and I usually pick up a couple bugs each season. Whatever. I'm over it.

So Thursday night I was really starting to feel excessively lousy and I told Chase I needed a baby free night to sleep off some of my sickness. So he camped out in the girls' room to be on Haley Duty.

Around 4:30 in the morning I realized I was getting sicker and by 6:30 when my alarm went off I realized I couldn't get out of bed. Like, literally could not move my body out of the bed under my own power. And I had a fever and really bad chills and every fiber of my body hurt.

So Chase, who has probably taken one sick day the entire time we've been married, was petitioned gently and then not-so-gently by his invalid wife to arrange to work from home.

Except guess who didn't bring home his laptop?

This was my response: "Just take the kids with you to the office and get it and come back."

(His office being 30 minutes away and our kids being, well, our kids.)

And this was his response: "Uh...okay."**

Bless his heart he made it work. He's in the middle of an audit; and filing taxes; and approaching month-end and he made it work. I love that man of mine. But really, there wasn't going to be another way because - again - I literally couldn't get out of bed. And there was the minor detail of not being allowed to be near Haley (my other kids/husband have all had their flu shots, but Hales it too little to have it and I just plain forgot mine).

So let's consider this one of my good deeds for the day. You've been warned! Go get that shot!!!

P.S. The upshot of the whole situation was that the kids really enjoyed their unexpected Day of Dad. And I really enjoyed that the house was clean when I came out of my fever-induced haze. If I wasn't so selfish I would share him. But I am. So you're going to have to go find/train your own Super Husband.

**Because I feel that my dad's head might explode with the prospect of me sending my kids to Chase's office, I want to clarify that he didn't end up taking all the kids to the office with him. It was decided that he would put snacks on the table and PBS on the TV and leave Miles and Sophie in my care. (And by "care" I mean my ability to dial 911 before slipping back into a restless sleep.) Haley did have to go to the office with him, but she is generally well received everywhere she goes.


Sara K. said...

Glad you are on the mend. Taylor had it last week and was on lock down and no one was allowed within 15 feet of her bedroom door, except for me. And I went in with a full hazmat suit to distribute Nyquil and beverages. I'm not sure I'm a believer of the flu shot. We all had them once and that was the year that all the kids got it. We paid like $300 for Tamiflu which was Nas to the Tee and didn't provide any relief. So as with all things, we like to live on the edge and take our chances.

Jessica said...

Oh that's awful. Mom + sick = No good.

I think Reed had this 2 weeks ago. I'll spare you from the stupid comment he made to me (after him taking 2 days off work and me bringing him hot soup in bed)about not being able to take another day off work if I got what he had. Seriously?

What a lucky duck you were to be able to stay in bed AND wake up to a clean house!

Jessica said...

Oh. That was not a super nice comment. . .

Reed really is nice to me. Just not maybe when he's sick with the flu!

Ben & Diane said...

I AGREEEEEEEE!! The last time I had the flu was when I was 13 and it landed me in the hospital(thanks diabetes) so nonetheless, I have never missed my flu shot again. I am glad you are feeling better. My poor kids just know it is the routine in the fall to get their flu shots.

Cris, Jon, Austin and Ethan said...

awwwwwww...Anna! I guess if I were a better friend I would have known you were sick. I'm glad it's all over though. I love you!
And good Job Chase!