Winter is in full swing and the flu is BAD this year. Luckily, we have avoided the actual flu but we seem to be getting all sorts of other random viruses. Last week, Luke was sick with a fever and headache that morphed into viral hives. It was so bad that he missed several days of school. Two doctor visits later, things finally cleared up and he was on the mend.
Then, last Thursday Olivia woke up with a 102.7 fever and headache. It wouldn’t have been too bad, except we were supposed to be leaving for San Antonio that evening for a two-day cheer competition. It was too late to call in a back-up so we packed up the Motrin and Tylenol and headed for SA. Poor Olivia slept the entire drive and by the next morning still had a high fever. We dosed her up with Motrin and she was able to make it through the entire routine. I am still so amazed she was able to do it. Immediately after day-one, we headed back to the hotel and ordered soup from room service and snuggled up and watched a movie.
The next day, Saturday, she woke up with a 102.7 again. We loaded her up on Motrin and she blew us all away with another amazing routine. Her team ended up winning FIRST PLACE! And Olivia earned her second JACKET! She was exhausted by the time it was all over but she made it through with a great attitude and a smile. I am very proud of her and inspired by her dedication.
Sunday and Monday her fever was gone and she began perking back up. She went to cheer practice on Monday night and when I got there to pick her up I could see it on her face. She was sick, very sick. She was miserable. She is strong and determined, though, so she didn’t tell her coaches and pushed through full out after full out.
She got home and climbed in bed and immediately fell asleep. This morning her fever was back and she was very lethargic and did not get out of bed all morning. I made an appointment at the doctor where they tested her for flu and strep. Both were negative. They sent her for a chest x-ray which confirmed pneumonia. She starts antibiotics this evening and will be home from school all week. She is absolutely miserable. They say she should start feeling better within 24-48 hours. I sure hope so. She’s one tough little cookie, but whatever virus caused this is really kicking her booty.