We were really so healthy over the past 'school' year, especially when I compare it to the previous two years. Nary one doctor visit was needed! Zero puke bugs! We had finally shaken the endless battle of sickness that had plagued us for months the previous two winters (which in MN is about 6-7 months).
Then came this summer and now I'm feeling very paranoid about this upcoming winter. Shortly after we finally got over that awful, awful Norwalk stomach bug in early July, we were hit with some sort of super bug that was a bad viral cold/pinkeye combo that has led to ear infections and sinus infections. And what's really REALLY maddening is that the viral pinkeye morphed into bacterial pink eye so it's been essentially back-to-back pink eye problems. The good news is that while you just have to wait out the viral pinkeye (which takes 7-10 days), bacterial pinkeye can be knocked out quickly with antibiotic eye drops. The bad news is that the kids and I staggered when we initially showed signs of the viral pinkeye so we have been essentially under quarantine for over two weeks now.
No babysitter. No gym daycare. No parks. No playdates. Just me and some really crabby kids.
And honestly we haven't really been up for much since we have had sore throats and ear pain and are congested and coughing and achy and feel lousy, but AAAAAAARGH.
Yesterday was our first day emerging back into the world.
And then in the night I developed bacterial pink eye.
It's my birthday today.
I can cry if I want to.
I know that this too shall pass - and hopefully quite quickly since I can medicate it with eye drops (we will be put the entire family on eye drops at this point but maybe just breastmilk-in-the-eye for Lily) - but I'm frustrated and so in need of a break from my grumpy, grumpy children and my non-sleeping baby (she can't breathe or eat very easily with her cold so that has meant more time awake together in the night). I need rest and sleep so I can get over this virus. But looks like that rest is still a few days away for me.
These problems I have are of a very good and privileged nature but they are still feeling really frustrating. Today was going to be the first babysitter day in so long and now that is replaced with me hauling 3 kids to the minute clinic on my own. Tomorrow's date night is off. And while I prefer a pinkeye birthday to last year's birthday spent on the floor of the bathroom with acute morning sickness (or the birthday three years ago where I had thrush flare up again and had to go to the midwife and pediatrician on the same day or the birthday 7 years ago that included my grandfather's funeral...I could go on but I will stop. I seem to have not-so-good birthday luck.) I was really hoping that today would be a day when I felt back to better health. My sore throat is finally improving after 6 days of pain and my sinus problems seem better (I don't do antibiotics because of thrush so I have been toughing it out) but MAN OH MAN.
Upsides: This plague is taking place now and not during the year when Bella would miss school. I am grateful I am not in the far more challenging position of trying to juggle time off work or daycare rules - sickness for stay-at-home parents is much simpler. And the big one - Oliver potty trained since we have been stuck at home! Yay, Bubby!
Okay, I'm done grumping and hopefully this is the last of the pinkeye talk around here. There are still three weeks left of the summer to enjoy. I can celebrate my birthday another day and maybe have two cakes since we never got around to a re-do of my 2013 birthday. :)
Anyone else deal with persistent pinkeye in their house? You eventually beat it, right? (The answer is yes.)