(Proof that my boys are amazing: they both have pink eye in this photo!)
So, we’ve been sick. Really, really sick.
It started the week of Christmas. Ryan wasn’t feeling well and I could tell some kind of sickness was trying to take us down. I began to guzzle down water and elderberry extract and I drank echinacea elder tea with local honey at least three times each day. My sore throat disappeared, but unfortunately, Ryan and the boys all ended up with the flu. I was so grateful to have avoided it so that I could at least take care of my boys, but I was silly to think that would be the extent of the sickness in our family.
Starting on New Year’s Eve, Ryan got the chills and said his throat was hurting. The next day, he had a fever. By January 2, he and I were both brought down by another flu. And, the icing on the cake? Both of the littles got pink eye. Lovely.
Ryan finally feels like he’ll be able to go back to work tomorrow, and I think I’m getting better. My throat isn’t hurting quite as badly, I haven’t had a fever in a while, and the aches seem to be gone. My ear hurts pretty bad, but I’m assuming it’s just a part of the cycle. The boys’ eyes are still seeping a little, but Forrest’s are the worst. The poor kid has been waking up each morning with his eyes sealed shut! It’s got to be one of the saddest things I’ve seen!
Anyway, I know this is sort of a boring post but I figured I owe y’all an explanation. 🙂
Oh, and for the sake of conversation: we took Forrest to the ER during the first round of the flu because his symptoms got pretty scary. While we were checking in, the nurse was asking basic questions about Forrest and his health. Then, inevitably, she asked, “And he’s up to date on his immunizations?” I smiled and said, “No.” She tilted her head slightly and I could feel the tension rise. “And why is that?” My answer: “Because we choose not to immunize him.” She responded with a drawn out, that’s-the-dumbest-thing-I’ve-ever-heard “O-kayyyyy…” and then continued with her questions. Does anyone else find it interesting that she basically acted like we were the most irresponsible parents ever? (Just curious, regardless of your stance on immunizations – I respect whatever choice you’ve made for your family!) I was pretty offended!
Well folks, that’s all I’ve got right now. I have a few posts in the works and I should be publishing them this week – that is, if this sickness continues to back off. Pray for our health if you think of it!