Last week we were trying to get in the groove again after a "break" week, amid lots of doctor's appointments, Halloween preparations, etc. The week actually did not turn out quite as busy as it was supposed to be... but only because thirty minutes after walking in the door from trick or treating, Katydid came down with chills and fever and what certainly seemed to be flu. I was in the midst of making a St. Louis costume for our All Saints Day party Sunday afternoon. I immediately set it aside and e-mailed our friends that we would not be coming. We dosed Katydid with ibuprofin and elderberry syrup and piled blankets on top of her. She spent All Saints Day on the couch watching movies about the saints on EWTN, and Gareth came down with what I assumed to be the same thing. I had assumed that we would all be sick after All Saints Day, especially since all the kids at swimming lessons on Saturday morning were coughing and one boy even had to get out of the water because of a sudden and raging sore throat (and poor kid, his mom had dropped off him and his sister, so not only did he have to sit and wait through the end of his lesson, he had to wait through his sister's lesson, too, which was after his)... but we got hit a little early. Anyway, a couple of threads on 4real had convinced me to stock up on elderberry syrup for just this purpose.
Today (All Souls Day) Gareth and Katydid are both much better and no one else has gotten sick yet, and I'm wondering if it wasn't really the flu or if elderberry syrup is actually a miracle. It's not like I want to run a controlled experiment, so I'm going to keep giving everyone more elderberry.
A few more elderberry links: