Monday, November 28, 2022

From a Floridian Thanksgiving to a Flu-Ridden Thanksgiving

 Good morning friends and welcome back after the holiday weekend! I hope you all had a lovely time celebrating with your families. Our Thanksgiving plans did not turn out like we had originally planned, but we still had a very nice weekend and have much to be thankful for!

Last Sunday, the 20th, Lily Grace started feeling a little under the weather. Liam had a cold the week before so we didn't think too much of it. Then, Monday morning, I woke up to a text message from one of LG's classmates' moms:

"Good morning everyone. Just a heads up because I'd want to know with the upcoming holiday, but (her son) tested positive for the flu on Sunday afternoon."

Uh oh. 

LG was sleeping in, which should've been clue #1 because she's our early riser... when she finally woke up she had a temperature of 101.5. We called the pediatrician to make an appointment and were told there were no appointments available, and to try Urgent Care. We tried Urgent Care's website, again, no appointments available until Tuesday. (Is this happening in your area too? EVERYONE is sick right now!) We gave her some medicine which brought her fever down a little bit, but she ended up peaking at 103.5. On Tuesday morning, her fever had broken, but when we took her to her Urgent Care appointment she tested positive for the flu. 


We were supposed to be visiting Devin's 94-year-old grandmother for Thanksgiving. We obviously could not take the flu to grandma. She did not currently have a fever, so the doctor told us she was safe to be around people once she was fever free for 24 hours. Since she didn't currently have a fever and we were staying in an AirB&B in Florida anyway, we figured we would drive there and hunker down in the AirB&B until she passed the 24 hour mark. She napped while we packed up the car, and then at the very last second Devin woke her up and put her in the car. I turned around to back out of the driveway and saw our sweet girl was miserable again. I said "Devin look at her, I think her fever is back." Sure enough, she was 101.5. We decided to stick it out at home until we passed the 24 hour fever-free mark. We snapped this pic to send to the family we were supposed to be meeting in Florida:

That evening (Tuesday), Liam started acting a little off. I took his temperature... 100.9. At this point, we knew... Florida for Thanksgiving just isn't going to happen. No matter how much we really wanted to go see grandma, it just wasn't a good idea. Our poor little guy's fever ended up peaking at 103.5 too.

So while our Thanksgiving was supposed to be filled with tons of family, great food, and a trip to Florida... we ended up hunkering down in our own house and whipping up a mini Thanksgiving feast. My first attempt at cooking it all by myself-- and it was a doozy! 

While we definitely had our moments of being sad about missing family for Thanksgiving, we all kept a pretty positive attitude about the whole situation. We still had SO much to be thankful for.

- The four of us were still together

- We had a safe, cozy home to hunker down in

- We were able to keep our extended families safe from our germs

- The parents never got sick (because you know how hard it is to parent when you don't feel well!!)

- The weather was beautiful and we were able to go for a nice long family hike together once we all felt better

- There is nothing to make you appreciate feeling healthy like being sick, right? You are always so happy to feel like yourself again

Anyway, I am very happy to report that we are all back to 100% and are now in full Christmas celebration mode. 'Tis the season to be jolly, and the Darrell family are here for it!

Today I am linking up with Sarah and Holly for Hello Monday. See you back here Wednesday!


  1. Oh man! Sounds like you had a good attitude, but that is disappointing. Glad the parents never got it!

  2. Oh geez- so glad you are all feeling better! Happy Holiday Season!

  3. Awe! How disappointing but you made the right call, the poor things, best to be sick at home. I hope your dinner turned out well. I love the turkey meme!

  4. awww. that sucks the kids were not well. glad you are all feeling better.

  5. Aw, I am so so so sorry you had to miss your trip to Florida! Sick kids are never fun but during the holidays knowing you're missing family and fun always makes it just a little bit worse (we ended up in the ER with our kids in place of a Christmas party at least a few times!). So glad to hear everyone is feeling better and it sounds like you really kept a great attitude about it all! And yes... we've been struggling to make sick visit appointments too as everything is booked up within minutes of the doctor's office opening up in the morning. It seems like everyone is sick with everything right now.

  6. Oh this is so tough to miss out on seeing family and a mini-vacation. I'm glad everyone is feeling better now!

  7. So many people are getting sick right now. I'm sorry your Thanksgiving didn't turn out as planned, but I'm glad everyone is better now.

  8. I'm sorry illness wrecked your Thanksgiving plans and I'm glad everyone is feeling better.

  9. Oh goodness! Looks like you guys made light of the situation! Hopefully that is your family's sickness for the season and now you're ready for fun!