Monday, October 5, 2009

I rode in an ambulance...

and all I got was this lousy "balloon".

The flu has come and gone in our household. We are so glad it is over and hope that all the other strains stay far away from our family this flu season.

10 days ago I picked Ian up from school and his teacher said that he kept getting chills throughout the morning. They checked his temperature and it was normal. He was perfectly healthy when I dropped him off that morning. Less than 2 hours after we returned home, Ian was shaking and spiked a fever of 104.6. That was the beginning of our crazy flu experience which culminated in a call to 9-1-1 and Ian's ride in an ambulance. Mind you, Ryan was in Fallon, NV for this entire experience. He always misses all of the fun.

Our entire family was ordered to stay home as soon as the flu was diagnosed over the phone. We were told to avoid the doctor's office and hospital unless the symptoms became so severe that they required medical attention. (I didn't know Ian would go from normal to unable to breathe with a 105+ temperature in a span of less than 15 minutes one evening). Anyway, I am grateful for my friends who brought me medicine (and Starbucks--extra thanks to Melanie for that) for my sick child and who volunteered to bring us groceries. I'd like to give a thumbs down to the Navy for the broken transport plane and their lack of desire to send our loved ones home in a timely (read: commercial airlines) fashion. This would have saved Tricare the cost of an ambulance ride...probably the equivalent of flying my husband home 10+ times.

Nathan and I never developed anything more than typical cold symptoms. Poor Ian is still using an inhaler to help him breathe--the flu resulted in an upper respiratory infection (half the reason I had to call an ambulance to help me get him to the hospital safely). The doctors never tested him so we can't be 100% sure what strain of the virus he had, but they said it didn't present like H1N1.

Well, I hope all of you stay healthy this year! Let's hope we can avoid another round of the flu!


Dalene said...

Oh my gosh, Melissa, I am SO SORRY you had to go through this - and sans a husband! I hope Ian is back to himself soon. I hate thinking of him so sick. Did he at least like the ambulance ride, or was he too sick? Thinking of you all!

Caleb, Bree, Zane and Claire said...

Ok, our experience wasn't that bad! We actually took Zane to the pediatrician. Thankfully you are all healthy again! I hope we all have a healthy winter!!

Tammy said...

I am so glad to hear Ian is doing much better! What an ordeal you had to go through. I think the Navy definitely owes you big time for this.

Sheelagh said...

Oh my goodness! I'm glad you're all well now. Sounds like a rough time. Crazy actually! I have ever been that sick and hope none of us ever are, especially at a time when I'm a single mom. You are amazing and what a village you have! Awesome!!