For three solid weeks, I endured one illness after another. My six-year-old unfortunately is “that kid” that goes to school healthy but comes home with every bug on the block, which then further infects others in our home—usually my two toddlers. And when toddlers get sick, it’s pretty much like pandemonium on steroids. How do you control the snot-factor? The sneezing and coughing? How do you control the poop and the puke? You can’t. They simply don’t understand what is happening to their baby bodies, and so you’re left with buttloads of laundry, a diseased house, and prayers that you’re not the next victim.
But of course, you are.
In true Murphy’s Law fashion (because constantly cleaning all of it up, lack of sleep, lack of social life, lack of light-of-day-except-to-go-to-the-doctor’s isn’t enough) you’re the next (and usually last) one. And, for whatever reason, doesn’t it always seem like eleventy-billion times worse when you get it? When the kids are sick, they still want to eat, to drink, to play. For crying out loud, it takes an act of Congress, meds that make them sleepy, or a staple gun to get them to rest and recuperate properly. But not us! For us, it’s like the plague has reached its hand down, scooped us up in its grip, squeezing the ever-loving life out of us, until we’re one big flattened ball of parent, shivering on the couch wanting our mothers. Right?
And even worse, when we’re the sick ones, they’re the healthy ones. With lots of pent-up energy. Oh yes! It’s go time!
“Let’s go outside, mom!”
“To the park, mama!”
“Can we take a walk today?”
“Watch me ride my bike!”
Meanwhile, you’re limping from room-to-room, bracing the walls in attempt to not fall over while striving to keep your eyes open, hoping to drug yourself into a stupor so you can semi-function. But they’re too young to understand, let alone to take care of you.
Until your youngest brings you a roll of toilet tissue when you sneeze. “Hue ya doe (Here ya go), mama!”
Sigh. Cute little stinkers they are. Too bad they can’t keep their germs to themselves.