Oof! These past few weeks have been reminiscent of three years ago. G was a baby and in a childcare center, and he was sick ALL the time (his exhausted, sleep-deprived parents didn’t fare much better). That was followed by two winters of relatively good health (which is the norm for us) — first, the year G was home with me, and then last year, when he was with a small, home-based caregiver. Nothing like jumping back into the germ pool that is lots of little kids together in one place!
First we had the flu virus that [likely] led to the secondary pneumonia infection. Matthew and I had milder versions of the influenza-ish virus — no pneumonia, but it did linger in our sinuses for a bit. Time, rest, and regular neti-ing seems to have finally done the trick for us.
We no sooner recovered from that than G was hit with a 24-hour stomach bug.* I’ll spare you the details. We ramped up hand washing, and I did more loads of laundry in two days than I usually do in a month! Matthew and I had vague, “don’t feel great, but not really sick” symptoms during those 24-48 hours — headache, low appetite, and intermittent, low-level nausea.
To add to the fun, on Friday, when G was with my MIL, she called and said she was concerned that he might have a UTI. Ugh, not what I wanted to hear! Based on the symptoms, we went ahead and made an appointment with the doctor.
UPDATED: Just realized I forgot to finish this . . . . The UTI scare turned out to be a false alarm. Instead of antibiotics, we left with a diagnosis of irritated skin at the tip of his penis and a “prescription” for daily warm baths, sans soap. We made the most of the doctor appointment by confirming that his lungs were, indeed, clear of pneumonia (he was much more cooperative this time!).
We thought we were out of the woods, and, where January had been “the month of sick,” I [prematurely] declared February the month of health. We made it three days into the month, and then it was Matthew’s turn for the full-blown version of G’s stomach bug (or maybe it was a different one, who knows??? There are so many fun options from which to choose!).
Now that M and G have both had a stomach bug, I feel like there’s a dark cloud over my head. I’ve felt a bit “off,” but it may just be the power of suggestion. I won’t make any more declarations about us being healthy, but I’m sure hoping for a better month!
*It’s a pet peeve of mine when people talk about the “stomach flu.” It’s a common phrase, but there is no such thing. There are a variety of organisms (viruses, bacteria, and parasites) that can cause gastrointestinal issues, with various symptoms and durations, but these have nothing to do with influenza. The general term for these illnesses is gastroenteritis, which just means inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (that inflammation leads to the characteristic symptoms, which may include nausea, cramping, vomiting, and/or diarrhea). These “stomach bugs” are usually transmitted by eating contaminated food (people often blame the last thing they ate before they got sick, but in reality, many of these bugs have long incubation times), or by the fecal-oral route. On the other hand, influenza is a respiratory virus (think nasty cold, with body aches and fever). End rant.