I knew it would happen. I was a sitting duck for days. From the first sign of a sniffle, to the overwhelming amount of snot that consumed our house, it was only a matter of time until I too fell victim to the preschool bug.
In many ways it’s an occupational hazard. You send your little germ magnet along to socialise with other little germ magnets and as a reward the entire family gets to enjoy week long festivals of gastro and flu.
And so we find ourselves, day six on the inside.
It started with the eldest. The eyes were watering, the nose was running. It was tricky at first to determine the extent of the bug because by nature, he can be a little dramatic. However when he refused chocolate, I knew he was one sick little sausage.
And so we waited.
Master three was next in the firing line. He fought his fevers with gusto and preferred the ‘constant cuddles’ approach to recuperation. The washing piled up but I knew where I was needed.
It was only a matter of time before our smallest crewmate fell. What a mighty fall it was. Congestion so bad she couldn’t feed, and a cough so bad that I was getting worried about something really nasty.
His approach was constant cuddles. I knew my place. istock
For days our house smelt of humidified menthol. Tissues were everywhere.
And then they started to get better. And then I started to get sick.
It's a torturous situation when your kids begin to recover from a bug while you feel yourself slip further into 'I just want to crawl into bed and die' territory. On one hand you're delighted, on the other you wish they didn't have so much goddamn energy.
Sick days before children consist of a hot beverage, some shit daytime T.V. and a house of peace and quiet. You can sleep when you want to, rest when you need. Sick days after children consist of no one giving a shit. So, fellow mums, here are some tips for getting through sickness of your own.
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Accept that the TV will be permanently tuned to ABC Kids. Undoubtedly you'll begin to feel the familiar pangs of guilt. Sure, you should be stimulating them, entertaining them but when your head feels like it's on the verge of exploding and your sinuses are more congested than a free ice cream day at Ben and Jerry's you have no choice. Go with it.
Yes, you will still need to feed them, which can be tricky is you're battling the nausea monster. Know that cereal is an acceptable meal at any time of the day. It's also something that you can encourage an older sibling to make. No hot stuff, no sharp stuff. Sure, there could be some spilt milk milk but it's better than some tossed cookies.