When we got on the shuttle to the hotel upon arrival, there was a family of four sitting on the bench seat behind Goose and I. It was a short ride to the hotel, but all the children behind us did during that ride was cough. Loud, phlegmy, cringe-inducing coughs. With each one I cringed a little bit and leaned forward a titch more, thinking “please don’t give it to us, please don’t give it to us”.
Fast forward a week, and I felt like we were that family on the shuttle to the airport. As much as I would like to blame the family from our arrival, there seemed to be a pretty widespread
So now they are sick, and have been since a day or so before we came home. I know that they are sick because they have the normal signs; runny noses, red chapped noses, constant coughing and a fever that goes up and down like a yo-yo. These things I can normal handle easily, but this week was a long week, compounded by a few extra, new symptoms that let me know that they are really feeling like crap. Stuff like:
They now scream instead of talking. To me, to each other, to Willy. Until we ask them to speak normally, and then they mumble incoherently.
They rarely fight with each other, yet this week they have been fighting all the time and picking at each other.
When they are not fighting, they are tattling.
They are clingy as all get out. Normally sickness makes them subdued, but now they want to attached to me much of the time.
We have gone through six boxes of kleenex in less than a week. I know that they haven’t been wasting it either, as they both yell “boogie” with increasing alarm every time their noses need blowing. Until I blow their noses. if I ask them to do it, they tell me that they have forgotten how.
I left them alone in the kitchen drawing with markers one morning so that I could take a shower and they didn’t do anything, other than draw on their papers. Not themselves, each other, the table, the walls, just the paper. The fact that I left them like this is likely a good indication that I am now also sick.
We had a house guest this week too. I hope he bring this home to his family, though he was warned and stayed here anyway.