Abby started school less than two weeks ago, and this past Thursday, she got sick. Runny nose, barking cough, scratchy throat - total bummer. She actually said, "Mom, I don't want to go to school tomorrow. I don't feel good." Poor little thing. Considering how ecstatic she has been about school, I knew she really must have been feeling bad. So I kept her home on Friday...and I have to admit, I was a teensy weensy bit excited that I got to keep her home with me (yes, I am having separation issues) and we'd have a three day weekend, even though she wasn't feeling too well. We pretty much bummed around the house on Friday, drinking lots of water, eating popsicles, and watching Disney channel. (We finally got cable/internet hooked up again. When we first turned it on last week - Abby saw Disney for the first time in three months and exclaimed, "What in the WORLD???")
On Saturday, she seemed to be doing better, so she and I went on a girl's day out to eat lunch at "the noodle place", as Abby calls it (her favorite), and then to get some new school shoes. Pat and Noah headed out to the driving range to hit some golf balls. Noah was stoked! (You should see him hit the golf ball. It's crazy how well he hits for a 3-year-old. Abby's got a pretty darn good swing too. She can hit the ball over the fence in our backyard!) As we were searching for shoes, I noticed my throat was feeling scratchy too....By the time we got back that afternoon, my head was pounding, and I could tell my sinuses were preparing for an attack - ugh! Then a couple hours later, Noah started whining that his throat was hurting. "My froat, Mama. My froat is urding."
I guess it was inevitable, even though I've been having Abby wash her hands when she gets home from school and even introduced the whole singing "Happy Birthday" thing while she suds them up. I was really hoping it was just allergies, but I resigned to the fact that we've all got colds, except for Pat. He's been sleeping on the couch so he won't inhale my germs. (More power to him! I'd much rather be sick than to have to take care of a sick husband. He is worse than the kids. )
I did go ahead and send Abby back to school yesterday. She nose isn't running anymore, and she seemed to be feeling better and didn't want to miss "Purple Day"! I read that after three days and if she hasn't run a fever, then it's okay...still I've been reminding her, if she has to cough, cough into her elbow. If only she had a Germy Wormy...anyone ever use one of these? The site lists favorable reviews.
For now, I'm sticking to the traditional germ-fighting tips (and keeping my fingers crossed!) -
one minute late (7:36 am - school doesn't even start until 7:40am), and the principal made us go all the way around to the front of the building to sign in so by that time, she was late. I tell ya, homeschooling sounds better and better to me all the time.
*I linked this post up to Tackle It Tuesday in case there are other moms out there in need of germ tackling tips or might have some to share!
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