Monday, February 20, 2017


This past Wednesday my mom went to her doctor for a regular checkup, and unfortunately the office was full of flu sufferers.

Mom of course had gotten a flu shot in October so she wasn't worried about catching it.

By Friday night she was starting to feel sick and by Sunday morning she was really sick and running a fever.

Mom is 92 so I told her to call for an ambulance to take her to the hospital.

After blood tests and x-rays the ER doctor said it was bronchitis and he was going to start her on an antibiotic. That was when I mentioned the possibility of flu. He said he didn't thing so, but he would run the test anyway. 

Good thing he did, because it came back positive for influenza. Prescriptions were changed to Tamiflu and nausea medicine and we were sent home after being told that the flu shot was only 54% effective this year. 

As I left through the waiting room I noticed that it had filled up with coughing very sick people.

I am praying that I am one of the 54%. I have had enough sickness this winter. 

So we are hoping that the Tamiflu helps and mom doesn't get any sicker. In the meantime, my advice is stay away from doctor's offices until flu season is over.

I added some photos of flowers from last year in anticipation of spring and summer. Flowers always cheer me up. It is unseasonably warm here and our daffodils are getting ready to bloom. Can't wait.

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  1. I'm sorry to hear about your mother, I hope she is better soon!
    Flu is rampant here, too. I went with my husband to his cardiologist appt last week and a woman came in for her appt wearing a mask, saying she had flu. Of course, they sent her home. I couldn't believe it...I wonder how many people caught it from her that day, even if she had a paper mask on.
    Beautiful flower photos, Laura!

  2. I had the flu shot and got sick so yes it wasn't as effective this year. Thank goodness and so far my Mom hasn't gotten sick. She would have to go to the hospital also I fear. Hope you Mom is better soon and that you stay well. Hugs!

  3. You rpor mom, this flu is awful. Thehubs got it and he is the one that never gets sick, he also got a flu shot. We are not sure where he got it. He ended up at urgent care with three prescriptions. I got it 8 days later but started the tamiflu immediately and only felt bad for a couple of days. Prayers your mom gets well very soon.

  4. Oh, I'm sorry! For the elderly it's very serious I know. Knock on wood, I've had the flu only twice in my life. I don't get flu shots. I've never had a cold. But we all know I sure get injured!

  5. Laura, I love your flower pictures. I too hope your mom gets well. Just keep her hydrated if you can. You are right, drs.offices, hospitals,& schools are full of germs right now. Take care , hope you do not get sick again. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  6. I hope your mom will feel better soon.

  7. Hope your mom does well with the Tamiflu. It will at least cut the duration hopefully. Love the pretty flowers.

  8. I pray that you will stay well and that your Mom will soon be well from her bout with this flu.

    Flowers do have a way of brightening our days and making us feel better.

    Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

  9. I'm so sorry to hear that your mother got the flu.I hope she will be OK. That's scary at her age. You are right - the flu shot is not very effective. Not just this year, but most years. All my friends that got the flu shot for this flu season have gotten the flu. Those of us who haven't gotten the shot, haven't gotten the flu. Go figure! I did have to go to the dr last week for my annual physical plus my pre-surgery exam (having arthroscopic knee surgery March 1st), but I was the only one in the waiting room. I immediately scrubbed my hands 3x when I got home!

  10. What a dilemma... sometimes we do HAVE to go the doctor... we should also wear masks when we go...I'm sorry about your mom getting so sick... quick thinking to have her go and get tested and get on the right medication. Does Tamiflu work? I'll have to remember that. My husband and I don't get sick too often, but when we do, it's usually a doozy. I hope and pray you don't catch anything either.. the germs are all so different each year and our bodies don't get a chance to build up a resistence to them. I think hubby and I don't get as sick as we don't go anywhere that much.. just stay home and away from all those germs! Your flowers are beautiful and helped me on this dreary day that we are having here in Oregon. Take care... Marilyn

  11. AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS!!! As I attended two different schools on Friday for grandparents celebrations, I noticed all the runny noses. Hmmmmmm...I thought. Sure enough, by Sunday night I was miserable and haven't gotten off the couch for 2 days. YUk yuk yuk..
    prayers for your mom!

  12. Hope you stay healthy, dear Laura. Enjoy your week.

  13. Prayers for your Mom; I've never had a flu shot but did have flu back in 1974.

  14. I am so sorry that your Mom caught the flu. I am glad however that you were proactive and insisted that her doctor investigate her case further. I have heard of so many coming down with the flu this season despite their flu shot. I have contracted the flu just twice in my life despite the fact that I have never had a flu shot. I did always make sure that my elderly parents received theirs each year. Take care of yourself too. I will keep your mama in my prayers.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley


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