I heard a hypothetical question on the radio the other day. They asked if you would rather have 30″ of snow all at once or have it come in small doses (1/2″-2″ at a time). We were not asked if we would rather be sick here & there for a week at a time over the course of the winter or if we’d like all our sickness to come at one time over the course of two to three weeks.
So, it started with one child (#4) and the croup. It migrated into colds (flu?)for three more of the kids as soon as the croup passed. Here’s how it broke down: Child #1 mostly had a bad cough with only a mild runny nose. Child #2 had a nasty runny nose, fever and only a mild cough. Child #4 (original coup kid) had a lingering cough and nasty runny nose. Child #5, the baby, picked up the nasty runny nose and a bit of a cough.
As Children #1, 2, & 4 were over the worst of the sickness, Child #3 came down with the runny nose, cough, and fever. Child #5 started wheezing when breathing and had that “pulling in” at the rib area – both which could indicate pneumonia.
Just when the runny noses, coughs, fevers, and such were behind us . . . we thought, Child #5 was up all night long for who-knows-what while Child #2 came in complaining of her ear hurting.
It wasn’t until the next morning when Child #2 came back in complaining that BOTH her ears hurt that I realized that Child #5 probably ALSO had an ear infection and that was why he wouldn’t go to sleep more than a catnap and never in a laying-down position all night long.
We are only doing half-days of school this week (the three R’s with no History/Science/Religion/Geography). I hope this is the last of it. For the rest of the winter. Because, really, I have had quite enough of the sickies at our house.
The only good news is that I have apparently already had this strain of virus because I didn’t get sick. My husband has finally succumbed to it, though.