Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Cure

I got a flu shot. I got my flu shot at Safeway to procure the entire-purchase 10% off coupon (and saved over $23, thank you).
I felt yucky afterwards. Achy, hot then cold.
I took a bath in my glorious tub (for probably the fifth time in four years). I soaked with salts and a magazine.
I took Motrin and went to bed early.

I woke up many times in the night, knowing this wasn't a reaction to the shot. I knew I had strep.
I went to the doctor's urgent care clinic at 7 am. I got a quick-strep test.

I had strep.

I went home. I wanted to sleep and curl up with a blanket, a pillow, a jug of orange juice and a lot of HGTV, but . . .

I had kids to mother. I had a messy family room to straighten. I had lunch and dinner to prepare. I had homework and piano practicing to monitor. I had carpool to manage.

The cure wasn't a bath or blankets or rest.
Three doses of amoxicillin later, and I was headed back to normal.

I took the last pill yesterday.

I still want my day curled up with the blanket, pillow, orange juice and HGTV.

Maybe in sixteen years when Evie's in college . . .

Linking up to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday.

Jenny Matlock


  1. When you have kids, you just can't stop :(

    Glad you're feeling better. I'm allergic to penicillin, so your meds would have made me decidedly ill!

  2. oh strep! I'm so sorry. Feel better soon!

  3. One thing about strep. At least it clears out fast with the antibiotics!

    And guess what?! You won second place in my giveaway! You don't get to choose your quilt, but you do get one!!

    I know I have your mailing address somewhere, but would you send it again?

    Congratulations, Jen. Couldn't happen to a nicer person.


  4. Oh, not nice at all. One of my students had strep a couple of weeks back, right before a performance. I hope you feel better soon.

  5. I've never had strep before...but some people just to seem to get it easier than others. And flu shots, my son throws up for hours every year after getting a flu shot. The DR says its just a "coincedence." We decided he's not getting one this year!
    Feel better Jen!

  6. oh no! the last time i had strep i was flat out and totally non-functional, my young children in dirty diapers wandering aimlessly around the house eating cheerios from the couch cushions to sustain themselves - it was a low moment for sure ... i'm so glad you found a quick cure!!

  7. I thought this was going to be a post about the '80s band. Get better!

  8. Yikes! Strep! I wish your Mommy was there to give you your day with HGTV.

  9. Ugh! Glad you are on your way to feeling better, so thankful for modern medicine!

  10. Great post! Well written and I so hear your mother's heart and can relate to the need to keep going and the desire to curl up under comfy blankets. Well expressed.

  11. A mom's work is never done... someone needs to take care of them when they are sick:-) I never get the flu shot, I have better luck without it for sure! LOL

  12. We have so many different things flying around school lately. I love the idea of resting and relaxing to get better. Let's see! JDaniel will go to college in 15 years.

  13. i used to get strep ALL THE TIME when i was little. i remember they didn't give me pills. they gave me pink nasty liquid that my mom let me put in mcdonald's milkshakes. which i flushed down the toilet. yeah.

  14. Ugh....stupid strep! Thank Heaven for antibiotics!!

  15. I hear you! How yucky to be sick for so long. I remember the days of taking care of kids while being sick even with a fever.
    glad you are better now.

  16. oh sad. But you won Sue's quilt giveaway so you should be comfy cozy under that, no? Hope you feel better soon! Strep is the worst!

  17. I'm glad you're feeling better. I got my last flu shot about 3 years ago and I came down with the meanest, worst case of flu I'd ever had. So I don't get one anymore. You won the quilt though - that's awesome!

  18. I'm so sorry to read this! I hope none of the kids get it!

  19. Sorry to hear about the Strep... Don't you just hate it when you get a flu shot and then you get sick right afterwards? And you're right...there's no sick days for us moms, especially when you have kids and a family to take care of. Glad that you have the medication to help you recover faster. Hope you get better soon!

  20. The job of mothering doesn't stop for anything. Hope you feel better soon.

  21. I'm so sorry sweetie. Strep is so nasty!

    I hope you're feeling better now...and that Thanksgiving weekend is too much for you!

    Thanks for a sad, little link to Alphabe-Thursday's letter C!

    Hope you're all Cured now!