Saturday morning Drew started coughing. Didn't seem too serious, no other symptoms, thought maybe he had allergies...Isn't that what we all think when we're in denial that our kids are sick! But Sunday morning brought confirmation that it was more than allergies. He was coughing a lot, a little bit of a runny nose, and just had that sick look on his face. He felt warm to me and when I checked he had a low fever. He fell asleep on me at 5:30 and slept right through dinner and all through the night. He was coughing enough that we gave him another breathing treatment at 9 pm (he slept right through it).
And wouldn't you know it, Sunday was also the day we heard all about the swine flu. You know, the pandemic claiming lives in Mexico and now infiltrating into the United States? Now, normally I would probably read up on this on the internet and entertain irrational ideas of "what if...?" and end it at that. But the fact that my son was also sick made my heart skip a beat. And then there was a case reported right in our neighborhood! Ack!
So what would any self-respecting heart mom do? Take her kid right in to see the doctor. I'm not taking any chances here! I don't care that I totally made a fool out of myself and asked all my swine flu questions! Our pediatrician is awesome (and patient with me) and after determining that Drew only has a cold and can return to his normal activities "tomorrow if he feels like it," we were on our way home with this mama's heart feeling a little more relaxed. Totally worth my $20 co-pay!
But please, everyone, WASH YOUR HANDS!!