Fever and Ague

I remember reading about Fever’n Ague in the “Little House on the Prairie” book. It was their term for what was later known as malaria. Interesting really. It’s hard for my brain to even wrap around the concept that in our not so distant past, malaria was actually a common issue in America. So easy to think that things have always just been smooth sailing, huh?

Anyway, I’m pretty sure we don’t have fever’n ague in our house. But I’m also pretty sure it’s flu of some sort. It’s a tenacious little bug too! Stu came down with it last week and was home sick for 3 school days! We told Qade that Daddy had a “bug” and it made him sick. The morning that Qade began to feel ill he told me, “Why I was coughing in the night? I sink there’s a grasshopper or something in my throat.” 🙂 Yes, I had to laugh about that! Later he asked Stuart if the “bee” was out of his throat yet. 😉 Kids!

The thing with this flu is that it causes this awful fever that likes to hover around 101-102 ish. Ella, thankfully, only seemed to get a touch of this yuck. I was most concerned about her. Flu is awful for poor tiny ones. She had us a bit concerned one evening as her temp kept around 101.8. She’s too young for ibuprofen, which has always worked better on bringing my kids temps down, so we were waiting to be able to give her more tylenol, and hoping it wouldn’t get to 102 which is when they said to take her to the ER. God heard all the prayers though and her temp stayed low enough and then came down to 99 ish with her next dose of tylenol. The ER has got to be one of the most miserable places to go when you’re really sick, ugh! Me and Qade’s fevers keeps coming and going. I can’t remember the last time I actually had a fever, let alone one that lasted on and off for days. It is no fun!

Here’s Qade trying to cool off while watching a “show”
Sad, sick lad

Nothing like a little “bug” to take the edge off a toddler. 😉 Still, I’ll be happy to have us all back to our regular old selves. Myles so far hasn’t come down with it, and I’m so hoping it stays that way. Stuart is on the mend, and I do feel somewhat better today. Maybe by week’s end we’ll all be mostly mended! Hope so!


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