Friday, April 3, 2009

Plague Group

Yes, the little petri dishes of virulent viruses, I call my children, are sick again. I've read that on average, kids get sick 10-12 times a year, and all of our viruses seem to fall between November and April. And despite Echinacea gummy bears, vitamin C, Airborne and homeopathic and traditional preventatives, we seem to be right up there with the average.

Du-Jay spent a normal day at school and gymnastics yesterday, without symptoms or complaints. Though after his gymnastics class he came out exhausted and flopped on the park district floor. Later, he spiked a 103 fever and was miserable all night and obviously home today.

Every time I think we've all kicked all the crudly yuck that's going around, the kids get slammed with the next round. Sagezilla's pre-K/Kindergarten has been particularly ill this year. Her classmates have had Scarlett Fever, Mono, 4 cases of Strep Throat, and Pinkeye, along with four unrelenting months of coughs, colds, diarrhea and flu.

I'm thankful we have avoided all the 4 star viral and bacterial predators out there, and have only suffered the garden variety colds and stomach bugs. No sooner would one of us get well, than another would be laid out. It's been especially fun negotiating my taxi driver duties, with the kids tag teaming the illnesses.

I've been chowing down the preventative Echinacea capsules and hoping to dodge this one. We're extremely fortunate that it's all been minor health stuff. Still, I can't help hoping this is the end of the sick and icky season.

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