I’ve taught my children well. It’s much better to give than to receive.
It began a week before Christmas. Amp eagerly accepted a gift from a girl friend of his he hadn’t seen in a while. After a few days, he decided to pass it on and let others enjoy the fun.
Chip, unwillingly, was the next recipient. He immediately decided to share with his sister, as it completely overwhelmed him. He offered it to me too, but I’m trying to decline. Trying. I may end up giving in
I’m hoping Mario’s a little more selfish and decides to keep the gift all to herself, and not try to pass it on to Link or Hubby. Surely, they won’t feel left out or unloved if she does….
This gift, of course, is the flu – or some version of it.
I mentioned a while back how Amp was pretty sick right before Christmas. He’d tested negative for strep and the flu, but was running a fever, coughing up gunk, and aching in the head so they gave him antibiotics.
Christmas morning, Chip awoke with a headache. I pumped him with ibuprofen so he could enjoy the day. The next day he felt incredibly worse, so he drove himself to the doctor. Like Amp, he didn’t have strep or the flu, but x-rays revealed bronchitis, so he’s on antibiotics, steroids and prescription cough meds.
That same morning, Mario awoke with a major headache and cough, but claimed she was fine. I opted to skip the docs for a day, but after seeing what Amp and Chip were going through, I decided to take her in today. She was the lucky one to test positive for Type B Flu. No cure for it, but Tamaflu will hopefully shorten the duration of its life. After all, she has New Year’s Eve plans…
I’ve politely declined the gift, but the kids are insistent little buggers, and so I’ve given in and taken a little. Just enough to make my chest congested and my body ache. I WILL NOT give in completely. It’s been years since I’ve been knocked down by an illness and I don’t plan to start now.
I hauled my weary self out for a short, but long 5.5 mile run, only my second run in 2 weeks, then I cleaned the bathrooms and set out to disinfect as many surfaces as possible.
And now I sit….
Bundled in my winter coat. Snuggled under a blanket. Sipping hot chocolate. Ignoring my aches and stifling my coughs.
And witnessing the first snowfall of the year.
A perfect time to share some Christmas memories with you all.
Chancie will lay patiently for a little while, but as soon as we begin opening, she wants to be in on the fun. She can be quite incessant until we finally give her a gift to open.
Once she’s opened her chews, she gets one every time she gets riled up. I suppose we’re rewarding her “bad” behavior, but whatever…. it keeps her quiet for a while.
On Christmas Day, we headed to my in-laws. We decided to do a ‘rob-your-neighbor’ gift exchange this year. We all gathered around the gifts and had a blast. This seemed to be more fun than our usual gift buying off a list.
Hubby’s Dad, however, has been deteriorating quickly. We were happy to still have him around for Christmas, but he slept through most of it in the next room. After the gift exchange, we all converged in there to spend the rest of the day with him.
We have yet to celebrate Christmas with my mom. Between crazy work schedules and then the sharing of the flu, we haven’t quite found the perfect time.
I’m okay with that for now. ‘Cause, don’t tell her, but I haven’t finished buying her gifts yet.
I’m hoping she, of all people, understands.