It's been that month and yes I say month, in our house where the bugs are just rolling in like a New Year's Eve party. It feels like we are living in and Antarctica one day to wake up the next in the Caribbean. No wonder we are all coming down with nasty coughs and colds!
As the season changes and the days transition from warm to cold, the sniffles, tickley sore throats and achey bodies begin to ferment. There is no stopping this ugly process unfortunately. You may be lucky to miss it while your kids play pass the parcel with their snotty hands and tissues, but for me, there is not enough juicing, resting and hand washing that protects the disgusting virus of the cold. I get covered in a pool of grossness from my toddler as he climbs me for a cuddly dragging his nose up my jumper to my shoulder. My son passes me his dinner plate before sneezing on my hand as I reach out to take it. My daughter stands in front of me and as she is talking, is interrupted by a coughing fit to which I look down to see if a lung came out. I guess I'm better off having a shower and starting again before the germs begin osmosis.
7:30pm was my bedtime last night and the few before. Sad I know but it's the only time I get to try and get over it. I have a love hate relationship with this time of night. I am so happy to be snuggling in my warm bed knowing I will at least sleep peacefully while hubby is still awake but I feel completely robbed of my kid free time. That's it, I either sleep or stay up and enjoy all my TV shows, some peace and quiet but feel worse the next day. Seems like a no brainer if I want to get better but do you get what I mean when I crave this time? I mean, I love my kids but I live for 7pm when I say goodnight times three!
So with my head pounding and face feeling like its been hit by a bus, we ride this week and month out and build up our immune system with every possible healthy food and vitamin we can get our virus riddled hands on. I have turned into the 'keep warm' crazy mum checking for singlets and socks, fresh air time and then inside to sit by the fire. May sound a little over the top but three sick kids and an unwell mum is the worst combo so I will fight for a healthier us.
So that finally leaves me to the choice of socialising with others as I have been asked this question before. Where is the line? Well it's personal and between you and the person you are hanging out with. My friend and I caught up last week because both our families have coughs and we are going insane entertaining our kids and being trapped at home. We thought why not, it's not like they are going to catch anything. Now something like gastro, conjunctivitis, head lice, strep or slap cheek ...... STAY AWAY!!!! We have been in the midst of outbreaks like this as you may remember my New Years blog, it's horrible. I get those who had no idea their kids had it until it was too late but if you know please stay home or stay away from friends that do. Help or be helped without being thanked with it for you and your family to go through. As we are all on the end of our coughs and viral infections we are staying away from anyone who is sick so we don't pick up anything else.
Don't freak out when your child comes home from daycare, preschool and school for the first time with a runny nose. It's no one's fault especially the centre, it's just your kids immune systems adjusting to new bugs being around other kids and the season changing. On the other hand if your child has fevers in the night and coughing up lungs then keep them home, firstly so they don't pick up something worse while their immune systems is down and secondly to help any more viruses being passed around.
Prepare yourself for the season of colds, chat to your friends about where you will all draw the line of when the kids are too sick to play and look after yourself mumma. Remember you become the doctor, nurse and bug killer as well as the cuddles all day mum so you need to be strong.
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