Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Year of the...Virus?

Christmas 2014 brought our family an abundance of joy and togetherness. Which is awesome.
 
Family fun on New Year's Eve
Until all of that togetherness allowed one of our family members to spread disease and pestilence to the rest of us.

(I’m looking at you, Will.)

On New Year’s Day 2015, Will had a fever. That fever eventually turned into Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. It’s a viral illness characterized by blisters that cover your hands, feet, and face. The doctors said not to worry too much about it - his case wasn’t very severe. It is very contagious, so I took great pains to sanitize the house, including all toys, and tried to keep Lucy’s contact with her brother to a minimum.
 
Sick baby boy
However, I was right in the line of viral fire. Three days after Will’s spots appeared, I became symptomatic too. And, my case of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease was terrible.

How I managed to catch a children’s disease at almost 41 years old is beyond me. But, rest assured, that it sucked. My hands were covered with painful blisters for weeks. Almost two months later, my feet are still peeling.

And, of course, in the midst of the Hand, Foot, and Mouth debacle, Lucy started to get sick too. Luckily, she avoided our plague, but she did manage to come down with a nasty stomach bug. Which was followed up the next week with a UTI. Seriously.
 
Sick girl (with her "throw up bowl"). YUCK!
Of course, as soon as she was on the mend, we all caught another cold. And, Will came down with a double ear infection.

So far, 2015 has been a royal pain…in the hand, foot, mouth, and ass.
 

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