I cannot be the only one…who has been lucky enough to have made it six years without a cold or flu hitting all the members of our house at one time, that is until the last three days. Fortunately, this dastardly bug only knocked the Sonny Boy and I out, but it definitely makes for a trying experience when your child and yourself are both sick at the same time.
As usual, the sickness culminated from the Sonny Boy, considering his proclivity to hang out in places with an abundance of germs (school, playgrounds, and such), it’s never surprising when he is the first to sniff and cough (then sniff and cough, and sniff and cough some more). While I have grown accustom to the kid cold, something different was happening this time, he was nauseous. After the third delightful trip to the restroom I was in shock, the flu shot didn’t protect my little boy from that needling germ finding it’s way into his system.
I took care of Sonny Boy all day long, offering any comfort I could give to a little boy that was chained to the toilet, tears streaming down his little soft cheeks, and misery written across his face. Early in the evening, as I was washing and disinfecting anything that the Sonny Boy could have breathed in the direction of, I noticed I was feeling achy. I grabbed the thermometer and was astonished to see that I was now running a fever as well, panic sunk in, how was I going to take care of my Sonny Boy when I was sick too?
By bedtime, the Hubs had returned from work, into a house of his worst nightmare, coughing, blowing noses, and yes…vomiting. The poor man had worked all day and now was running up and down the stairs, carrying glasses of Gatorade, hot tea, and anything else one of us may have moaned at him as a request. This trend didn’t stop with sleep, no one was sleeping, the carpeting worn down by trips to the bathroom and between bedrooms, our house was alive with illness throughout the night.
When morning came, the Sonny Boy and I made our sick bed in the biggest bed of the house...to read the rest of my tale of simultaneous illness, please visit me here: I Cannot be the Only One...
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