You really won't believe this...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009



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Thank you for the prayers, calls and thoughts, friends. Kate is fine. Her surgery went well and her recovery is going okay. She is having trouble keeping things down and she is in quite a bit of pain. She screamed bloody murder when she came out of anesthesia for a long time. I felt so bad. They let us home home which is nice, I suppose. She is very cuddly and clingy and is on my lap as I type this:)


This morning as we were getting ready to go to the hospital (4:30 AM) Will came into my room telling me that he was really sick. He had fever, chills, headache, and runny nose. He had a temperature of 102. We left him home with the babysitter hoping it was just a little bug.

There was a point at the hospital that I realized Will might have the flu. Kate had hives all over her body and she was cuddling with Will last night. I wondered if we should cancel her surgery in case she was getting sick. Since she was asymptomatic, they went ahead with it. In recovery, I called our pediatrician and asked if my babysitter could bring Will in. She did and he has THE FLU! He tested positive for influenza A and they think it is the swine flu (80-85% sure) because the regular seasonal flu is not usually active this early. So we have two patients isolated in different parts of the house. Will is quarantined to his room and we are wearing masks when we go in.


**He just had an AWFUL hallucination that a blanket was attacking him (my second child to have a horrendous reaction to Tamiflu!) You might remember Kate's AWFUL reaction to Tamiflu . I knew that Tamiflu caused hallucinations in Asians sometimes but what we saw in Will was terrifying. No more for our family. Will took it a few years ago without any side effects and I was taking care of Kate so I did not even think about Tamiflu but this was really, really scary.

We really have to try to keep Kate from getting this flu.

I am praying that no one else gets it right now. Here are a few lousy photos....I wish I had taken a few more because this is something I would put in her scrapbook but I was pre-occupied. The quality of the photos is terrible.


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Reading the princess books with Dad before surgery.

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Cuddling with Dad in recovery.

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Having a popsicle at home. (the pot was because she keeps throwing up;)

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Opening some little gifts from Taylor (our part-time babysitter). Kate calls her "Tigger" and Kate LOVES her. She is going to be a child life specialist and she put together the cutest little recovery bag for Kate with Hello Kitty socks and pencils, a notebook and stickers, nail polish etc.

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Sorry if this post is all over the place and poorly written. I am tired and it has been quite a day!

85 comments:

  1. Kim - sorry to hear about Will - praying for strong immune systems for the rest of the family - tell Dave Im praying especially for him tonight :)

    I saw the picture of Kate with her popsicle over the pot - I use the round plastic lids from yogurt containers or sour cream or other containers - cut a slit in the middle and stick the popsicle stick through the slit. Becky holds the popsicle under the container lid and the mess is 95% contained

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  2. PS - love the pink pajamas (where did you get them???)

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  3. I've been waiting for your post Kim, and am so glad to hear and see that Kate is doing ok. Sorry to hear about Will now. Ugh, you all have had so much more than your fair share of sickness! I will be thinking of you all.

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  4. Wow - can't believe everything that is going on! Kate looks adorable in the photos. Praying for speedy recoveries for Kate and Will. Hang in there, Wendy

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  5. Oh Kim...I am so sorry! I really pray for a quick recovery for both and that no one else gets sick!!!

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  6. Oh my word, I cannot imagine. Poor little Kate. I believe we caught swine flu when we were in China. Be careful, it is VERY contagious.

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  7. Oh my goodness -- I am so sorry to hear that Will is sick, although I am happy to hear that Kate is doing ok. I hope that both children recover quickly and that everyone else stays healthy and strong. I am praying for you and your family!!!

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  8. Kim:

    I'm so so so sorry this is all happening at once for the Peanuts gang. I've been praying for all of you and glad to hear Kate is well relativley speaking)... Poor Will, I hope Harry and Kate do not get it.

    Lastly I have to say for some reason when one of The Peanuts is sick so many other things happen to you guys as well. You ALWAYS handle the situation with grace even though you may not think it. I am so inspired by you. You are such a role model MOM.

    Sending a hug for all and praying this will pass quickly.

    Blessings
    Nancy

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  9. oh Kim I am so so sorry, poor Will. I pray pray pray Kate does not get the flu, that none of you do. I am thankful she went thruogh the procedure well and pray she has a speedy healthy recovery and that Will does too.
    Big hugs
    Connie

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  10. Glad she is doing well and hope she continues to improve. And poor Will -- hope he feels better soon and none of the rest of you catch it. Take care.

    Janet

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  11. Oh my gosh...when it rains, it pours. I hope all the peanuts get well (or stay well) quickly!

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  12. Oh my---FLU--what a shame--by the last photo, Kate already looks like she is on the road to recovery--will keep you all in our prayers--Unbelieveable--I just can not believe Will picked up that flu!!!!
    Hope you all can get some rest and no one else comes down with it!!!

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  13. Oh my you have had quite a day!

    I'm glad Kate did okay and that they let you go home! That is wonderful news....things are always alittle easier to deal with in the comfort of your own home. I pray that she will get some rest tonight and have a speedy recovery. Seems I remember the first 2 days were the most difficult and then it started to get better quickly. Bad thing when Lucas had it was that he wouldn't touch popsicles or ice cream...everything they said would make him feel better and he wouldn't take it!

    Hope Will feels better soon!!!!! praying it won't be the swine flu. My parents neighbor got it and was quarantined for well over a week. Hope you all can get some rest tonight!

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  14. When it rains, it pours! So glad to hear Kate's surgery went well. Hope Will feels better soon too! Hang in there!

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  15. I keep thinking of that beautiful Christian song,
    "Bring the Rain." You can do this Kim!!! I have seen you juggle, manage, work through, and conquer ALOT in the last 12 months! We are praying for protection for ALL of you!

    Precious Kate looks so tiny in Dave's strong Daddy arms..... She is one cutie even when she is in recovery... So sorry I am not there to help! I would be scooping up Harry for a while for you!

    What is with that Tamaflu? I am soooo sorry!

    Love ya,
    Di

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  16. so sorry about Will! Jane Harris had the flu tested positive for A and B last August. I am betting that she had swine as well. She also hallucinated on Tamiflu. Our hardwood floors were snakes. It was AWFUL.

    Hopefully Kate will quit throwing up once the anesthesia is out of her system.

    Praying for speedy recoverys for both and good health for the rest of you!

    Julie

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  17. Bless your hearts! Poor Will! I hope he'll be feeling better soon! And I'm glad Kate is doing well too.

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  18. Oh, goodness. I am so sorry. If I were you, I'd be (s)whining a ton! Praying that Will recovers as quickly as possible and that Kate remains healthy after surgery.

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  19. This has truly been a "yucky" day for all of you. Hope tomorrow shines a little brighter!

    Jo

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  20. Oh no Kim!!! I am praying that Will is feeling better quickly and that it doesn't spread!!

    Glad to hear that Kate's surgery is now behind her!

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  21. Oh my! I sure hope Will and Kate feel better very soon. Thinking about you!

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  22. Oh my goodness~ I wish Kate a speedy recovery. And also for Will. I hope the rest of your family can stay healthy!

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  23. Oh you're kidding me- two sick kiddos?!! Yikes! Hang in there. Sending happy thoughts and prayers. And good golly that medicine sounds terribly scary. Hopefully everyone will be feeling better in a few days!

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  24. I am glad everything went ok! I had that procedure many years ago, but I still remember it quite well. I hope Kate continues to recover quickly...she is still as cute as can be! And poor Will! Prayers and good wishes to you all!

    Also, I just read your other post about the clothes. Way to go, Kim! I'm so glad that person's rude comments didn't get under your skin too much. Everyone who reads your blog knows you to be kind and generous.

    Blessings!

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  25. Oh Kim - I am so sorry to hear about Will and about Kate's rough recovery. I wish there was something we could do to help. Please keep us updated, as you can.

    What, if anything, can you do instead of Tamiflu?

    XOXO

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  26. Glad the surgery is over and Kate is recovering.
    So sorry to hear the flu bug has bitten your son. I bet you are whipped.
    Each day will get better though once everyone starts to feel better.
    Alexa goes to the ENT tomorrow about her tonsils.

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  27. Oh Kim!! What a day! I am glad to hear that Kate did well! I bet she feels better very quickly after the initial first day!

    And, poor Will!!! I feel so bad for him for having to not only be sick, but to have the horrible reaction to the Tamiflu as well... poor sweet boy! I hope it turns out to be mild and he is soon feeling much better!

    Tigger sounds like somebody who may come in very handy this week!

    Hang in there, mom!!

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  28. Thank you for posting about Kate! She was in my thoughts and prayers today. I am so glad things went well and that she at home with her sweet family!

    I am sorry to hear about Will. I hope he feels much better soon!

    Best wishes,
    Cindy

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  29. Quite a day is an understatement! I hope both your patients are doing much better and soon!

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  30. oh no kim! i am so sorry to hear will is so sick ... and so thankful to hear that kate is doing ok despite the recovery hiccups. the flu is no fun at all. hang in there. i hope/bet your juicing will help you stay healthy.

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  31. Finally I got home to see how things went with Kate.. I am sooo sorry about Will..
    BIG HUGS girly..
    Glad Kate is doing well.
    My prayers go out to you and the family..
    love ya..

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  32. Prayers are going up for your family. Especially for Wil and Kate! It's so NOT fun to be sick, and then have to be quaranteened to your room, even yuckier!! Get well soon and hang in there mama... I know how tuff it is when your kiddos are sick!

    Blessings and Hugs!! <><

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  33. Hi Kim - WOW...you have your hands full! I am so glad to hear that Kate's surgery went well and is behind you. We send wishes for a speedy recovery.

    How crazy that Will has the flu. I hope he heals quickly! I am so nervous about our kids getting the flu now that school starts back this week! Ugh. We will surely be cautious about tamiflu!

    Please take care!

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  34. So glad that you were able to post to let us know that Kate was doing well- and so that we could let you know how many good thoughts and prayers are being said for everyone at the Peanut house!!

    Hang in there-

    ps- the pix are wonderful and convey the moment and the love!!

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  35. So sorry! You guys just cannot catch a break! Geesh :( I hate that Will has the flu! Poor guy. Paige has four kids in her school with H1N1. I pray that Will is back to himself soon.
    As for Miss Princess...I must say, she looks GREAT after surgery. What a little trooper she is. I am sending her a little goody in the mail tomorrow. Hug her for me!

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  36. Praying that everyone in your family is well very soon.


    Blessings,
    Robin

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  37. Glad your sweet girl got to come home!! Poor Will and Mom, that is a lot in a day. Hope everyone is very much on the mend tomorrow!!

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  38. May God bless your family with peace, rest, and good health.

    Pat B.

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  39. Sweet Baby!! She looks like she has had quite the day! I'm so glad she is doing well and home in recovery.

    And poor Will!!! I hope he is feeling better soon and no one else in the family is affected!! Keeping you in my thoughts.

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  40. Best wishes for Kate to sleep it off tonight and for Will's case to be short lived.
    Hope you two are able to get some sleep at least in shifts.
    Thinking of you though I don't comment often,
    Hugs from Atlanta,
    Trena

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  41. Kim, Oh my gosh, I want to send you a hug! What draining days for you all. I can pray, and I surely will! Your poor kiddos and poor you! Don't worry about how you have written. Your heart as a mom is here.

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  42. oh my!!!! I can not believe your bad luck! swine flu? oh no! and sweet Kate with her cute hair cut - i know - I read about her hair cut! I hope she feels better soon. and you too! let me know if you need me to bring chicken soup over!!!

    Joni

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  43. I just read your email = you will love the Bennett Boys - they are efficient, quick and not expensive.
    my REAL seagrass man is on the left side - Marc Anthony. Be sure to call him - he is very reasonable, much cheaper than Creative Flooring. shh. hah!!!
    AND the candle - the phone number is on there. I burn mine non stop and they last over five days. I think it's just $25 and it smells wonderfully clean. I have to ask you - is your sofa a slipcover? it's so adorable - I love it! is it pink? its so cute!!!!

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  44. Oh Kim .. bless your heart! Prayering that both Will and Kate recovery quickly, and strength for you.

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  45. My daughter, who is a Pre K teacher was sent home yesterday with fever. She went to the Dr and she has the Type A flu also, and was told it might be swine flu. She has a 22 month old, we are praying she doesnt get it! I hope your babies are better soon!!

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  46. So glad the surgery's over and Kate is home. Prayers for her recovery and for Will's--and for no spread of that flu!

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  47. And what about Harry? You have had quite the week and it is only Tuesday. Calgon take you away! I am so glad the surgery went well and I know she will be feeling better every day. Will- oh my. Poor guy! Keeping everyone in separate rooms although hard on you is a good idea. Practically bathe every one in hand gel. Keep it everywhere. I swear I think it helps. Sending hugs and love your way. xoxo

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  48. I hope everyone is better very soon , you sure have your plate full right now .
    Thanks for posting that about Tamiflu it is good to hear these things .
    Your family is in my thoughts
    Chris
    Just beachy

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  49. Dear Kim
    What a day!
    So glad that kate's surgery went well as it did and she will have a sore throat for a few days, don't be surprised if the 3rd day is not the worst!

    AND poor Will the SWINE FLU!!!
    It is epedemical now!
    Or it is where that I live anyway . They have even closed some schools here and they needed too.

    Is he any better today! Your post was fine Just hopeing the child ren will soon be WELL!
    and mommy and daddy will be rested too!
    I guess you are running on exhaustion!!!
    Thinking of you and hope a few days will be better!
    Take care of you too!
    You may have had a touch of that with having that bug last week!

    Sure hope Harry is not next! You have your hands full right NOW!
    Blessings to ALL!
    Cindy

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  50. So glad things went well. We will be praying for poor will~

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  51. Oh my gosh, I will be saying prayers for Kate and Will. Glad to hear Kate did well for the surgery.

    Mandi

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  52. Saying prayers for sweet Kate and Will (and for mama bear)! Hope the recovery is quick.

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  53. Oh Kim, what a sticky household you have right now. Praying for good health for everyone all around!

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  54. I'm so happy everything went OK. Wishing your kids well thoughts! Hope they feel better soon.

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  55. Wishing Kate a speedy recovery! So sorry to hear about Will. I hope he feels better soon too!

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  56. When it rains, it pours! Praying that *This too shall pass*. I know you are glad your sweet Kate has her surgery behind her. Minor surgeries are major when they happen to ones we love so dear!

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  57. oh no!!! 5 out of six of my family has had the swine flu this summer. The doctor told me that virtually everyone who has cold or flu symtoms has the Swine flu. It is a pretty bad flu. We were told that inhalers shorten the duration more than Tamiflu, (both nasal and lung inhalers) My husband ended up taking two antibiotics for secondary bronchial infections. Hoping that nobody else gets the flu, and that Kate and Will get better quickly!

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  58. I am so sorry Will is sick. I pray that the rest of you stay well.

    I used to read your blog before it went private. I was cleaning out my bookmarks and found 3 Peanuts, clicked on it and there you were! I'm happy you went public again as I really enjoy your blog. :-)

    Joy

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  59. Kim, I've been so busy sending Emme back to school this week I had not read your blog. I'm so sorry to hear about Will, I pray he gets better soon.

    So glad to hear Kate is doing better. She is a trooper!

    Wish our little China Doll was home already, I'd take some of those lovely outfits off your hands:)

    (((HUGS)))

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  60. Oh, your poor little kiddos! I will be praying for swift recoveries for both of them and that no one else gets the flu! Bless your heart. Stay strong! You are a rock'n mama!!

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  61. Oh Kim...when it rains it pours....I am so sorry....Praying for sweet Will and Kate...and praying the rest of your family stays healthy~
    xoxo

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  62. Kim, thanks for stopping by! I do plan to keep up the lunchbox posts. I purchased the container for Emme's lunches here:

    http://www.organize.com/locklock2.html

    It's great because it comes with four removable "cubbies", so you can remove as necessary. It's deep enough to fill her up at lunch time.

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  63. So glad to hear that everything went well with Kate. I am sorry to hear about Will. I had the swine flu in the summer (the doctor thinks - no more individual tracking is being done in Canada). It took me about 4 days longer to get over it than the regular flu. My husband and the girls didn't catch it as I stayed well away from them for a week. I hope no one else in your family catches it.

    Jae

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  64. I'm sorry to hear about your day. I hope Kate and Will recover quickly!

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  65. I've been thinking about you and am so glad that Kate's surgery went well. I'm praying for a swift recovery for both her and Will and for strength, patience and stamina for you!!

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  66. Oh MY Gosh!! You have a lot on your plate!! I will pray for speedy recoveries! The poor kiddos! I can’t believe Tamiflu causes such reactions!!! I am glad you shared that!
    You are so strong!

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  67. WOW, Kim! You've got your hands full and I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers. My son, Hagan, has his tonsils and adenoids removed when he was four. The surgeon said they were the largest he'd ever seen. He, too, snored like a bandit and we could hear him through two floors! He also suffered from sleep apnea, unbeknownst to us for a long time. After recovery, he truly WAS a different child. I think finally getting a good night's sleep completely transformed him.

    Hope things improve for you all-around. Hugs.

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  68. Kim,
    So glad that Kate's surgery went well. Sorry to hear about Will. Hope they both have a speedy recovery.
    Our prayers will be with you all.

    Tracy

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  69. wow! you have your hands full. I hope everyone gets better and FAST!! hang in there!

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  70. I sure hope that both your patients are doing better. I know that we sure have seen a lot more cases of swine flu than they are reporting in our university town. Hang in there, Mom, we are all praying for you and your family!

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  71. Happy to hear Kate's surgery went well. Adding Will to my prayers. My doctor won't give Tamiflu because of this (unless the child is severely ill). I can't believe it has happened twice. I'm so sorry. Hope that everyone is feeling better soon! Pray you can get some rest soon, too.

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  72. I just returned from a full day teaching inservice where they spoke about swine flu...and now poor Will! I will certainly keep you all in my thoughts...I never knew about the effects of Tamiflu and with Kate being Chinese, it scares me to think of what Kate could take if it hits...she is in kindergarten and I wish I could put her in a decontamination suit (and me once all the kids come next week!) I am glad that Kate's surgery went well....I thought about her today...Stay as strong as you can...you have plenty of people thinking of you!

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  73. sending prayers your way for kate, will and the whole family. keep us posted!!

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  74. Gosh Kim, When you do something you do it up right! A surgery AND Swine Flu at the same time!! Sending lots of extra prayers your way. I hope both peanuts recovery quickly!

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  75. Oh Kim I am so sorry. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers!

    Blessings and safe recoveries for all, Ashley

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  76. My prayers are heading your way. Hope everyone recovers quickly.

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  77. Signing in later than usual! I was trying to sign on earlier today at work and was unable to get the comment screen to come up!

    I wanted to send my get well soon wishes to both Kate and Will!! Talk about a double whammy, HANG IN THERE MOM!!!

    Kate/Will took.....OUT WITH THE OLD(tonsils) and IN WITH THE NEW (swine flu) to a whole different level! (Just my little attempt to bring a need smile to your face-kiss those precious kiddos for me!)

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  78. Not good! Hoping all your family is on the mend by now! Take care of yourself too!

    Alyzabeth's Mommy

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  79. those general anesthetics make the kiddos so sick... poor kate- hope she is feeling better.. at least keeping stuff down. i can't believe will had a reaction to tamiflu, too. i remember kates' reaction- how scary. hang in there sending prayers your way!

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  80. Sending you some get well wishes! Hang in there...it will all be ok :)

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  81. I'm so sorry Kim...Carter had "Influenza A" in February, and was really sick for a little more than 24 hours (worse than I've ever seem him, not aware of his surroundings), but bounced back quickly. Brad went on tamiflu for a few days, but stopped after a few days. Neither of us got it. (I can't use Tamiflu b/c of asthma). It was scary to hear the "influenza" dx, but all in all, it wasn't bad. I hope the same goes for your family, and know it's worse with Kate just coming out of surgery. I hope for the best though

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  82. Get well soon Kate! Oh I remember this all too well! Hope Will feels better too! It is always something isn't it?! Has Kate had the really stinky breath yet, that was the worst part of it all with Myah! Ha! Hang in there darlin'!

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  83. You and your family are in our prayers!!!

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Thank you for your kindness.