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Friday, September 14, 2012

The Plague

Howdy Dynamos!  The Dynamite Family is sick.

Every year, when we send Mims off to school (she's been going to preschool since she was 2) she comes back with 'the plague'.  Okay, not the real plague, but a cold so terrible we think that we are all going to die...

The first year we caught the plague we spent all of September and October passing the cold around between the three of us.  It finally ended with my parents having to take Mims trick-or-treating, because Jake and I couldn't get off the couch...

The second year that we caught the plague, it lasted from September through January of the next year.  It involved strep throat, multiple bouts of bronchitis and a conjunctivitis so bad that we referred to it as 'Vampire Eyes'.  This time we were not able to keep it contained to just the three of us, my entire family got sick, and we had to cancel all of our Christmas plans.  We finally celebrated with the whole family a full month after the holiday...

Last year we got lucky and only spent the first six weeks of school sick.  It felt like we'd been reprieved.  Mims did end up getting a stomach flu, which was sad, but she got over it fairly quickly.

I really, really wanted to avoid the plague this year.  Still, we prepared ourselves for the worst.  I mean, if we got the plague from the private preschool, just think of the cooties at public school!  I had read an article about how to keep your kids from getting sick, so I instituted some new family rules:

1. Mims has to change her clothes and take a bath as soon as she gets home from school, so that none of the plague germs get spread around the house.
2. Everyone washes their hands before we eat anything. In a pinch, antibacterial hand gel also counts  (Okay, we should be doing this anyway, but I'm not as vigilant about snacking as I should be)

I really, really wanted to avoid the plague this year. Mims and I are both fighting through the beginnings of a cold, but I'm hoping that a day of resting will get us back on track and it won't turn into full-blown plague.

Luckily, I do some of my posts in advance, so I get to take tomorrow off, and you guys still get an awesome new pattern!  In fact, here's a preview:





Fun, right?  It's for Make A Hat Day!  See you tomorrow!

xoxo

PS - Oh, hey, after re-reading this, I need to make sure to tell you that we DID NOT send Mimsey to school sick at any point.  We kept her home, to minimize the spread of our own germs.  I don't know why, but suddenly I was overcome with worry that you'd think I was an irresponsible parent...  Aww, it must mean I love you guys!
xo J


16 comments:

  1. Love LOVE LOVE that pattern!!! I'm so sad you guys have pre-plague but I really hope it passes quickly! Feel better...you look so good in those pics!

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    1. Thanks Schmoop! I thought of you when I was designing it. I think you would look super cute in one!
      xo Jaime

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  2. I hope y'all feel better soon!

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    1. Hi Sue! Thank you so much. Mims' fever seems to have gone down, and I am starting to feel normal again. Hopefully we'll be better for the weekend!
      xo Jaime

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  3. Your post rings a bell!
    I can't wait for tomorrow.

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  4. I am so sorry that you and Mim's got sickos. I will pray for you and send Reiki...and being an herbalist, I can't help but give you free advice. Take echinacea, garlic, ginger root, and vitamin C, plus a good multivitamin. Eat some chicken soup too. Hot steam baths with the bathroom door closed, this will help open the pores, and breathing passages as well as work as an expectorant helper. Drink plenty of water, and get your 8 hours of sleep. Try to avoid any forms of stress, that will only make sickos worse. I hope you feel better soon, it makes me sad to know about this, espicially little Mims, bless her heart. Love the new hat.

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    1. Hi Piper! We've been doing some of that, but I can totally make some soup and go get some ginger! I love your advice!!! I especially love the 'avoid stress' part. That is my entire agenda for the day... :D
      xo Jaime

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  5. I was so sorry to hear you were all sick. I had been away from the computer a bit this week because hubby had a few days off so we were doing some day trips, but I did see your tweet! Anyway, I hope you are back on the mend by now and feeling great. I do love that beanie!

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  6. Oh Dear! Oh No! MAN! I think I finally "get it" with the whole plague thing! (I think it helps now that we have our own little plague-bringer, haha!) I remember a couple years ago, when I didn't, I think I snarked at you for not getting back to me over email for so long -- and it sounds like that was your WORST year! NOW I understand! I hope you all kick the plague's butt this year, and are feeling better real soon!
    xoxo -- sending love, hugs, hot-soup (the mental version of hot-soup), prayers, and echinacea (again, mental) your way!
    :)

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    1. Thanks for the love! I think we're going to get through this one with just a cold, which is soo much better than the plague. I still have hope for a non-plague year! *fingers crossed* :D
      xo

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  7. Another reason Amos is such an easy kid......

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    1. True that! Whew, I never realized what an easy time we had with Kelsey Girl...
      xo

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    2. Not that fur babies are easy... I also had a much harder time with other stuff. You can't explain to a 90 pound dog that the rest of my family doesn't think it's cute when she jumped on the sides of their cars when they arrived so that she could see who had come to visit...

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  8. ...which is why the sides of my truck are covered with pawnail scrapes. We know a lot of big, enthusiastic doggies. I drive the scrapes with pride. :-)

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