Thursday, October 15, 2009

Unclean, Unclean - ding - a - ling..........

Well the two youngest and I have been holed up at home with the lurgy

I don't have it - I'm playing nursemaid

I did suspect swine flu especially in Louise on Tuesday and Nick was following in her wake

Obviously this raised the alarm for both of them but most especially him because of his diabetes

I rang the helpline and they authorised a course of Tamiflu for each of them - I have no idea if they actually have swine-flu - they've not been seen by a medic and the only true way of telling is a blood test apparently. They have been pretty ropey but who can tell?

I spoke to the Diabetes Nurse who gave me advice on what to watch out for with Nick's sugar levels and warned me about the side-effects of the Tamiflu often being worse than the Flu symptoms in youngsters

I took the executive decision to keep them off school for the rest of the week but not to give them the Tamiflu as we were coping with the symptoms

So far they are managing, unwell but not dying and the other three members of the household including myself are okay at the moment

I could definitely have done without the time out of work but it was unavoidable as Nigel is in Spain for work this week so can't share the nursemaid duties

Never mind whatever doesn't get done will no doubt be waiting for me next week and ultimately my kids are more important than the school finances

As an unexpected bonus I've managed to fit in some stitching while administering to the patients

I mentioned my friend Sue in last Thursday's Breast Cancer Awareness Month posting

She was actually on ITV's This Morning programme on Tuesday being interviewed by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about her diagnosis and how her blog has helped her cope

I started a lap quilt for her when she was first diagnosed and never got further than sandwiching it. Her favourite colour is cerise pink - very apt for a breast cancer patient. Lots of simple piecing and hand appliqued hearts

This week has given me chance to quilt and complete it just in time for her mastectomy next Monday. I've used cream fleece as the backing without wadding so it's not too heavy and the fleece has been brought over onto the front to make a soft binding too

I think she might like to snuggle under a quilt full of cuddles while she's recovering from surgery
The quilt is my PINK item for this Thursday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ladies, if you do nothing else of great importance today, start a regular regime of checking yourself and going for mammogrammes if you fall in the relevant age bracket - you owe it to yourselves and your loved ones.


marigold jam said...

Oh Anne - it never rains but it pours does it? You do seem to be having all you share of down times at once don't you? Let's hope this will be it for you and yours for a while eh?!

Love that quilt and the idea of the soft fleece backing and trim sounds so comforting. I do hope your friend will make a swift recovery.

Take care and as it sounds as if you could do with a hug just now so here's one just for you. () I don't know if it is a recognised abbreviation but it looks like a hug to me and I hope to you too.

Jane x

Kandy Newton said...

Oh dear, you have my sympathies and I wish your friend all the very best too. Lovely quilt you have made her, the backing & border both sound very cuddly.

Think you are probably wise to hold off on the Tamiflu - especially if you are not 100% certain if it *is* Swine Flu - Our Neice and her pal caught in in New York earlier in the year, came back home and were told everyone is only being given one dose/batch, so if you need more later - tough luck. Eeek.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the kids are holding up pretty well, Glad they seem to be managing so well with it. Hope you don't get it too!! Wishing you quick recoveries!

sewprimitive karen said...

Hi Anne, hope nobody else gets sick. That's an awful feeling being pulled between your job and staying home with a sick child. Your phrase "unwell but not dying" made me laugh out loud :-)

Nines said...

Poor kiddos. Diabetes always makes things more complicated. Hope they mend soon. I love the quilt- so soft and snuggly. And full of love. I am sure it will be a great comfort to your friend.

Michelle said...

Oh Anne, you've been through the mill yet again!! Fabulous photo's of you all though, doesn't nick look like his dad?
And amazing quilts, hope your friend does ok after her surgery, that quilt'll be just right to snuggle up in!
Loadsa love hope things are improving for you.
x Michelle

Tanya said...

Please care of yourselves! We are getting into flu season here too and Tamiflu seems to be the recommendation. I hope you can keep Nick from it though as I hear it is hard on even healthy people. What's a person to do? Much love and thoughts to you all.

Amanda said...

I'm quite mystified about the since flu/tamiflu business. They seem to be prescribing it willy nilly, with no checks as to if it even is swine flu - everything seems to be being diagnosed as swine flu, from the common cold to stomach bugs. And the side effects of tamiflu can be pretty unpleasant, so I think they should be more careful about prescribing it anyway. Well, I've got a bit of a bee in my bonnet about this, as you can see. The quilt you made for your friend is lovely, I'm sure she'll appreciate it enormously.

Sal said...

Hi the quilt!
Thank you for your kind comments on my blog when I was ill...very much appreciated!
Love,Sal ;-)

Meggie said...

A lovely quilt for your friend. It is an insidious disease, but hopefully they will find cures.
I wish your friend all the best wishes in this world.

Chookyblue...... said...

hope everyone is getting better..........what a lovely wuilt for your friend Sue..........

Clare said...

DD has been off school too. Whether it's Swine Flu or not I don't know, but not getting het up about it. She's going back to school tomorrow and we shall see if she has another relapse. I put it down to the pressure of school work and being totally stressed out!

I thought people with diabeties had to have the jab cos of the sugar levels.

Beautiful quilt. I'm sure it will be treasured and loved for a long time to come.

sewkalico said...

Hope they are all on the mend now. What a wonderful gift! I'm sure she will apreciate it and I think the fleece will be just perfect for snuggling under!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

So sorry to hear that swine flu has hit your family. You forget that it's still about as it isn't occupying every news story going (leave that to x-factor!) Hope they are on the mend soon and that the rest of the family stays healthy.

Love the cerise quilt you have made for Sue. I'm sure she will think of it as a giant hug!

Take care!

Kim said...

Hope the kids are well soon, it is a trick when one has diabetes for certain. Love your pink quilt!

Cascade Lily said...

Well Nurse Bebbs it sure sounds like you've got your hands full. I hope Sue loves the quilt and feels the love every time she uses it. Glad to hear the sick kids are coping okay (and you too).

McIrish Annie said...

How did so much go on in just a few short months away from the blog? When I last came by you were on vacation and now I am back and all sorts of commotion has been going on at Chez Bebbs! So sorry to hear about Nick but kids adapt quickly. Certainly makes Mum worry though. Hope things stablize soon. Quite a ride you're on right now! Hold tight Anne! Thinking of you and yours across the pond.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Anne, pleased this at least gave so a few minutes to sew, but I could think of nice3r reasons!! Pleased the kids are managing, hope you don't get it as well! Tracey

Tracey said...

I do hope your younger 2 get better soon, yes it is a worrie when a child falls ill as i worrie about my son who has issues with kidney problems,

Great blog some wonderful quilting you have done

Take care

katie said...

I wish the best for your friend. Our family has been through this too and your thoughtfulness will not be forgotten.

Lynda said...

Sorry to hear you're holed up with poorly children. Never mind, as you say, nothing else is as important as family. (Bit of a bonus to get a little sewing in too. Every cloud ....)