We are once again the sick house. I don't know what the heck is going on here, but I'm starting to lose it. It's not like we're just recycling the same germs, as every illness is different and too much time passes between the vaguely similar ones, but one way or another, those germs just don't want to get out of here.
Yesterday I was sitting at my desk working away, and my phone rang. I saw daycare's number flash on the caller ID and I immediately panicked. Sure enough, Carter had a fever. His fever was over 103, just like Jacob's was right before Christmas. He was a little on the sad side, but other than a runny nose, he didn't seem too bad. In fact, for a while I couldn't even get a fever on the thermometer, but it did come back later. He had to stay home today because he got sent home with a high fever, so Craig and I split the day. He took the morning shift and I took over when he had to leave for this weekend's Knighthawks' road trip.
Carter napped for the first couple hours I was home, but he was coughing himself awake and looking awfully pathetic when I'd go in to rub his back and help him back to sleep. I managed to de-Christmas most of the house in the meantime, getting down all but the tree. It felt good to get it done, even though it's always a little depressing to lose some of the color and pizazz around here. As I was finishing up, the phone rang. It was the afterschool program, calling to say that Jacob was very upset because his stomach was hurting him. Now, his stomach tends to hurt a lot--between his Celiac disease, minor constipation, and nerves, sometimes it's hard to tell how serious things are. He probably has panicky nauseous episodes once a month on average, I'd guess, but very few of them turn into anything. So...I wrapped up a couple things at home and headed over sometime after 4:30.
When I got to the school, he looked miserable and was freaking out about how sick he felt. I rushed him into his boots and coat, and we headed out. Two steps out the door and he puked on the sidewalk. Well, at least it wasn't inside, right? And even more, it wasn't in my car! I raced home and we had a few nervous moments near the end of the drive, but he made it out of the car and into the house without a problem. We hung out in the bathroom for a while, but eventually he seemed OK and wanted to go lay down in the living room. I pulled out the bucket and the comforter so he could take his spot on the floor, as is our custom. He watched Scooby Doo and drank water for a couple hours and seemed fine. I gave him some Gatorade mixed with water early in the evening, and just as I was getting Carter ready for bed, he came upstairs in a panic. I assured him that I was going to get Carter in bed and be in to help him, but he got more frantic while I was reading books, so I had to rush through the end of bedtime and get into the bathroom.
By then he'd had some diarrhea and looked upset again so I quickly grabbed the garbage can and handed it to him, just in time, in fact. He had quite the episode and seemed to get out most of whatever was left in his belly. Poor kid. Still, once he finished up he was downright giddy, probably because he felt so much better. We headed back downstairs and he fell asleep almost immediately. That made me a little nervous, as did the shakes he got shortly afterward in his sleep, but for now he's sleeping soundly. I'll probably have to get him some water overnight at some point, but he's always tough to wake up so I'm hoping he'll rouse himself a bit later.
In the meantime, I'm sitting on the couch with one ear on the monitor listening to Carter's noises...congested snores, lots of tossing and turning, and some coughs and cries. Part of me is nervous he'll get this bug, even though he just had one. Same goes for me. Craig is on the road until Sunday, so I'm understandably nervous about how all of this might go down. I'm figuring that I might just let Jacob sleep on the floor in the living room tonight and I'll sleep on the couch nearby. Easier and less germy than me sleeping on his bed, I suppose. Hopefully he will feel better tomorrow, but something tells me it will be a low-key day close to home no matter what. We'll be playing the waiting game, too, to see if anyone else gets anything (including, God forbid, Craig somewhere in Connecticut). I'm short on backups this time around, too, so I really need to stay healthy. I've already used one-fifth of my sick days one week into the new year, so I really need all of us to get healthy ASAP and stay healthy. We've had every sort of virus running through here in the past two months, and we really just need to not be sick anymore. I'm tired of missing work and it's getting depressing to assume someone else is going to get sick and be right. I don't know how to up our immunity. Carter is starting vitamins as soon as I can get to the store (his doc didn't really recommend them and I was waiting until he was two to start chewables, but I think we're going to start a few weeks early), but the rest of us take them and we're doing what we can diet-wise. I'm just at a loss. This would be laughable at this point if it wasn't so darn miserable. I don't mind taking care of my kids, but this has just gotten ridiculous. I am SO over it.
Please pray. Please.