My Joy began with a fever on Sunday. She felt dizzy and just plain awful. I kept her home from church and hoped she’d be better the next day, but her fever was higher. The next day her fever was even higher. I’m normally not the one going to the doctor with every illness, but after three days this was still getting worse.
So Tuesday I loaded up all the kids at took them to a nearby CVS Minute Clinic. I LOVE this service! Since they are covered by our insurance, it just costs me a minimal copay to stop in and see a nurse practitioner. It was the longest we ever had to wait there. Everyone, it seems, is sick right now, but we finally got in and after the strep test came back negative we got a positive flu test. Joy had Flu B and already bronchitis. The nurse looked at me with all my kiddos sadly and said we’d probably all get it, if we didn’t already have it. That’s when I noticed that Grace wasn’t looking as chipper as she should be. Oh no…
I stood in line for our Albuterol prescription. There was a lady in front of me waiting to drop off her prescription who was talking to us and friendly. “You probably don’t want to get to close to us,” I told her. “We all have the flu.”
What she did next caught me totally off guard. She raised her arms and flapped them wildly as she practically ran about six feet backward! “Oh I don’t need that! I’m from out of town. I don’t want the flu. Oh no I’ll probably get the flu. That’s just all I need!”
I was actually a little embarrassed! “I suppose we’re like the lepers,” I said as the woman kept going on and on.
It was her turn in line and she literally threw her prescription at the lady behind the counter! The CVS worker looked quite annoyed and asked her to please come forward. “No way! They have the flu!” she accused and pointed at us with her whole arm.
The man behind us felt sorry for us I think. He smiled and said something like, “Poor kids.”
Yep we’ve got the flu, five out of seven of us by now! Prayers appreciated!