Monday, 31 March 2014

Welcome to Germ Central. Again.

So it seems like the greatest challenge associated with running with a toddler and a baby in the house is one that I didn't even think of or anticipate.  Sorting out logistics and overcoming a lack of sleep?  Those are child's play.  Okay, maybe not child's play, but definitely doable.  But I've recently come up against the big mama of all running-mom-challenges: Staying healthy.  Whoa.

In case you haven't noticed: Toddlers are little germ magnets.  Keep them in isolation, and they're fine.  But place them amidst their runny-nosed friends, and they come home with a cold before you can say "bless you".  And soon the whole family is sick.  Including the nanny.  Joy.  

In isolation they do fine.

We've been through this cycle three, yes three, times in the past two months.  It's been exhausting: We've coughed and cried and sneezed.  We've wiped and blown and sniffed.  We've swallowed syrups, suspensions and granules: Red ones, brown ones, speckled ones; cherry-flavoured ones, berry-flavoured ones and foul-tasting ones.  We've inhaled vapours, steam and fumes.  We've spent thousands (yes, thousands) of rands on doctor's appointments and medicines.  We've cuddled a lot, slept very little, and hummed 1001 lullabies.  We've felt crappy, felt a little better, and then felt crappy again.  We're officially pooped.

Germ Central.

As you can imagine, running in between all of that is downright difficult.  By some miracle - through lots of prayer, even more grace and a very good immune booster - I've managed to stay sort of semi-healthy through it all: I've felt good enough to run, but bad enough to know to take it easy.  But I'm ready to be healthy now.  And to have a healthy family again.  

Please, please, please, let us get healthy.


8 comments:

  1. What a great posting...and that second picture looks a lot like my medicine cupboard!
    I daren't tell people the things I take to keep me running....
    Stay healthy - all of you....

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    1. Thanks, Gordon! We have to get better sooner or later, right?! Glad (?) to hear that it's not only our medicine cabinet that looks like that...

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  2. Yes and then they go to school and share germs with their friends! Hope you all feel better soon! We all just got over a bad round of colds.

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    1. Thanks, Christy! Glad you're all healthy again - hopefully we'll get there too, and soon!

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  3. They really are walking germs, aren't they? Most of the times I've been sick over the past few years, I can trace the source back to one of my nieces or nephews.

    I hope the cycle ends soon! Being sick is the worst.

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    1. Shame, and even though it usually comes from them (actually their friends!), seeing the kids so sick is the worst part for me. I hate it when they don't feel well.

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  4. Ooooh I know exactly how you feel. I've been there and I am so grateful our kids are now older. They do still attract funny things from there friends and I make sure I stay well clear. That's the great thing! They are now old enough that I can stay away from them when they are sick. It will pass, hang in there!

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    1. Thanks, Johann - it's very encouraging to hear that this too shall pass!

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