He showed symptoms Monday afternoon, but I figured it was something short-lived. By Tuesday afternoon (on our way to see friends), it was beginning to be apparent that not only did he have it, so did #1. Next in line was #5, followed by me, and then #4. So far, #2 has remained unscathed. I have no idea how long the incubation period is for this particular flu virus, but I have learned a few things:
1. It is NOT the stomach flu, and thereby, I do not hate it.
2. It is about a 48 hour flu. #3 is already better. #1 and #5 are very close.
3. It does not completely incapacitate the individual, although in order to have any kind of fun, one must be full of fluids, motrin, and sleep a lot.
4. Because of the aforementioned, it is mild.
5. No, I did not vaccinate. I NEVER vaccinate for the flu. The fact that we actually got the flu does not change my mind. At all.
I declared yesterday Movie Day and they watched (in this exact order): Free Willy 3, National Treasure 2, Harry Potter 2, Star Wars VI.
Obviously, my kids do NOT like to watch the first movies in a series.
It was good for them. It was good for me! It's Spring Break, after all, and it was pouring rain outside. So, in a way, it was nice to have lazy sick kids.
I feel bad, though. I feel bad because we had some big plans tomorrow and Saturday and I'm in the process of cancelling said plans. Although this is not the stomach flu, it's still a flu, and I am in the beginning stages of it, which means I honestly won't be up to hauling the kids around all weekend. It breaks my heart, though, because I had planned on visiting with three amazing friends. *sniff
But it's okay. I don't live very far away, and knowing me, we'll probably come back for another week in the summer. And the most important people we need to see live right here in this house. I just hope we don't leave them with the flu, too!
[Brandon, btw, is actually pretty glad we chose this week to be absent. I know he's praying we all get better --before we come home. Ha!]