Monday, March 19, 2012

My Kids Are Trying To Kill Me

 I have quite a backlog of blogs in my head, waiting to get out - about three weeks worth. Why the buildup? The plague-carrying children in my house. (Seriously, medieval rats have nothing on these two.)

 About three weeks ago, the boy started coughing. He insisted he felt fine, (even though his voice sounded like a three-pack-a-day smoker) and even though he kept coughing about a week, it didn't really slow him down any. Now, for a five-year-old, he's really good about covering his mouth and washing his hands, but with a kid coughing for a week, you just know it's going to spread. Then, about four days after his coughing fits started, the baby got sick. Not very sick, just a two-day runny nose and a low fever for about eight hours. (By the way, she's 17 months old, and this was her first fever, ever. I don't know where she gets that great immune system - it wasn't from me!)

 Once the baby started showing symptoms, I started cancelling my plans for the next week. I knew I was going to catch it, too - I catch everything that goes around. (When the boy was in daycare, I caught EVERYTHING that went through there - even when he didn't.)

 And I was right. By early the next week, I had a low fever and a stuffed up head. But of course, what mildly inconvenienced the baby knocked me flat for 2-3 days. By the weekend I was feeling better, almost back to normal, and I thought, "Well, that wasn't so bad."

 And then early the next week, I started coughing. And my head stuffed back up. And I lost my voice.

 Apparently, even though the kids were sick at the same time, they had two different viruses. And they both passed them on to me (though not to each other?!!) I knew two kids would be more work, but I didn't realize they would tag-team me on illnesses.

 So it's been a week now, and I'm still coughing, sniffing and hoarse. And it's been the warmest March ever, (80 degrees for a week straight, in Nebraska, in March? That's just unnatural!) but I haven't been able to enjoy much of it. By the time I'm back to normal I'm sure we'll be back to normal late March weather - rain, wind, the occasional ice storm. But if we have to stay indoors, at least I'll be able to catch up on my blogs!


  1. I feel your pain. When the grand-child of the house started kindergarten, lo those many five years ago, I felt as though the germs in the household were shot by gatling-guns at my sinuses and lungs. I think I spent nearly 3 years sick.

    Now I take 5000 IU's a day of vitamin D and never touch anything of the grand-daughter's without washing my hands with antibacterial soap afterwards.

    She probably thinks my name for her is "Stay away from me."

  2. We went through the same thing a couple weeks sent on for a couple weeks for both boys and Stacy caught the tail end of it...