Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sniffle, sniffle

My mother used to tell me we get sick when we can afford it. Forget germs. Forget hand-washing: Colds only strike when we let down our guards and -- uh oh, look out, sneak attack -- those nasty viruses sneak up and bop us in the nose.

I'm still not completely sure what she meant, but I've repeated the homey axiom for years and even believed it in a weird, kizmit-meets-karma kind of way.

Well, we let down our guards. The first snow has fallen and the whole house is sick. Hope has some serious snot and a cough worthy of a pack of Salems. I'm walking around the house with wads of toilet paper stuck up my nose. They cut down on tissues, and Mo thinks it looks sexy. She's feeling a bit better, but was blowing her nose like the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company C. Lulu is lying around, hound-doggedly, barely interested in Hope's soiled diapers.

Amazingly, this is the first time we've all been sick. Last year, when Hope's health was more precarious, we avoided any ailments. Going by my mother's standards, that's probably because we absolutely, positively couldn't afford to fall ill. Or it could be that we were germ-phobes worthy of Howard Hughes, rarely left the house and insisted or surgical masks and gloves at the first sign of a cold.

We've since slackened, of course, and this episode is a healthy reminder that we need to get back with the program. Thankfully, Hope seems to be in a good mood and only slightly cranky, but we're also aware that she's a 9+ pound 13 monther and our margin for error is slight. She's again getting a monthly Synagis shot, the super-expensive antidote to ward of the RSV infection.

So it's back to hand sanitizer, vigorously sterilizing toys after kids touch them, massive doses of Vitamin C and, for good measure, hot toddies for everyone.


Heidi @ GGIP said...

Tis the season, I guess. We have a less serious bout of the sniffles here (at least I think it is less serious....)

What criteria do you need to get the rsv shots? No one has ever mentioned them to us.

Feel better everyone!

Misty said...

uuuggghhh! feel better soon please!! :)

Karen said...

I hope you all feel better soon. Hope looks soooo cute in her Santa hat.
Heidi: For the Synagis shots I believe your baby has to be born before 35 weeks, or have a chronic heart or lung condition. That being said, Ben has none of those conditions, but qualified for the shots for his first two winters anyway. It couldn't hurt to ask your pediatrician now - the series usually starts in October and runs through March or April. I really think they helped keep Ben healthy. This is our first winter without them and I admit I'm a little nervous...

beth said...

Funny, the kids both started snuffling and sneezing last night. I told them their rooms were dusty and to go clean them.
(Nice, huh?!)

Mom never told me that adage; we seem to get sick at the most inopportune times possible, so it doesn't work for me. Maybe I should have listened more.

Anonymous said...

You guys crack me up.

"kizmit-meets-karma kind of way"

"barely interested in Hope's soiled diapers"

"germ-phobes worthy of Howard Hughes"

I hope y'all are well soon. Barbara

PS LOVE the red curl on top of her head!

Rhonda said...

I'm glad we're not the only family that runs around with toilet paper hanging out of our noses!! Hope everyone gets better soon. As usual, great picture of Hope.

Anonymous said...

Wow. You actually listened to stuff I said??!!

So where's the photo of Joel with toilet paper hanging out his nose? For those of you who haven't seen it, he loves nose-hanging things: spoons, shrimp, chopsticks . . .

Seriously, hope you all feel better pronto.

Love from Maine --
Grandma K.

Rachelle said...

Sorry to hear you are all not feeling well. Hopefully the germs will clear out by Christmas! Hope is gorgeous in her Santa hat!

Sandi said...

It's the most wonderful time of the, for being sick, ugh!

I hope you guys feel better soon.

Hope looks adorable in her Santa hat :-)