I took Sarah to the doctor this morning. I was sure that she had strep throat - just like Peter had in December - and I didn't want to waste any time getting her on the antibiotic. Because just like Peter, she had a fever but no other symptoms (other than a cough, a runny nose, fatigue, a head ache and back pain - yes, I am that stupid).
When the doctor said she was negative for strep I felt like a dork for bringing my child in for what was clearly just a cold. Yes, I am still totally clueless at this point in time.
"Has she been complaining of any pain?" quizzed the doctor.
"Why, yes," I replied. "Back pain and a headache."
"We better give her a flu test. Did you get the vaccine this year?" she asked.
"Ummmmm no because by the time I got around to asking you for the shot (It was in December when we were in the office for Peter's strep. I remember thinking to myself Oh good, we're all here. Let's get the flu shot now!) you guys were already out and weren't getting any more in. And then I went to Walgreens (who has gobs and gobs of flu shots) and was told they didn't administer them to minors."
"Oh. Well, maybe she doesn't have it."
And 6 minutes later we had confirmation that she did have it.
I had been so sure it was strep that I didn't even give the flu (and all of Sarah's non-strep throat related symptoms) a thought. I was so sure in fact, that I didn't do what I normally do - Google every symptom until I am sure the kid's have an incurable disease.
She felt pretty good yesterday and this morning. However, after we left the doctor's office (wearing a mask no less!) she went down hill pretty fast. Her fever shot back up, she's been coughing repeatedly and her poor little nose could give Rudolph's a run for it's money.
She's on the couch asking for a flu shot (too late now, sweetie!) and telling me that she really wants to go to school tomorrow (no chance!).
And I have been going around the house with anti-bacterial wipes cleaning every surface she's touched in the last 36 hours. I wonder how long the flu virus remains active on surfaces?
I think it's 24 hours but maybe I should Google it to be sure!