January 10, 2013
I cannot be the only one…who noticed that immediately after their child started preschool the potty talk meter busted through the roof and the coughs and sniffles increased ten fold. This is why when I read in the news this morning that the flu season has not only arrived early but the amount of flu suffers is unrivaled from those who have suffered the aches and pains of the flu seasons of yesteryear. These reports put me on edge, I wring my freshly sanitized hands and wonder when will my son bring home the latest in this year’s flu symptoms.
My son has had a lovely cough that shakes and rattles the walls since right after Christmas that has been waking us all up in the middle of the night and I worry that he will be more susceptible to the flu. In the effort to prevent the the flu and return to a normal sleep pattern I put in a call to our overwhelmed pediatrician’s office only to be told the same old same old; if he is not running a fever he does not need to be seen by the doctor. While reading the multiple news reports about the severity of this flu season, the variety of fantastic symptoms, and of course the shortage of Tamiflu, I start to feel sick to stomach and as far as I know I haven’t contracted a single dirty germ yet.
To try to save us all from the gift of the flu this year I will do my best to remind my son to wash his hands, not to touch the other kids at school as much as possible (I don’t see why this would be so complicated), and to keep his fingers out of his nose, at least until we get home and can wash his hands, all in the hopes of keeping the flu season monster at bay. I think all of us parents with children in school feel like sitting ducks, just waiting for the first grumpy groan from our child that indicates we have officially become a number in the 2013 flu season demographic. I cannot be the only one who feels that it is only a matter of time before a flu disaster strikes their quiet home…can I?