When we decided to take on the responsibility of more kids, one of the things that I never took into consideration was the fact that with more kids comes more sick kids. And with more sick kids comes more sick adults.

The last three weeks or so have been challenging (to say the least) on this front. ‘A2’ started getting congested a few weeks ago and, since he is an infant, there is not a lot we can do to give him relief. To add insult to injury, he spent the weekend away and came home with a pretty severe case of double pink-eye. To say he was miserable would be an understatement. It’s bad enough when they are sick, but at that age, they don’t understand what’s going on and, of course, cannot convey what it is that’s bothering them.

Within a day or two of ‘A2’ getting sick, I came down with what was quite possibly the worst sinus infection/head cold that I can recall . . . ever. It was strange in that every day there was a different symptom and just when I thought I was getting better, it would come back with a vengeance in some other form.

During this time, Jessica also had been getting sick but through sheer will and determination was able to keep it at bay just enough that she was able to function. I’m still not sure how she was able to do it, but I did catch her washing some tights the other day with a big ‘S’ on the chest and I can assure you those are not mine!

Finally, over this past weekend, we all started feeling better and the routine was never more welcome. Unfortunately, “normal” only lasted a couple of days.

Yesterday, we got a call from the school that Eli was sick. This was not a congestion thing, but rather an upset stomach and headache. I went down to pick him up and by the end of the evening, he had thrown up twice and was feeling pretty wiped out. As if that wasn’t enough, Jessica and I also got the bug, which seemed to come out of nowhere and by bed time, we had all made our trips to the bathroom.

‘N’ also had some stomach issues and, while ‘A2’ no longer has his coughing fits and congestion, he has been having some digestion problems as well.

So far, the only people who have seemed to escape unscathed are Brenna and ‘A’, but time will tell on that.

Fortunately, I understand the stomach virus thing to only be a 24 hour thing, so hopefully by the end of the week, we’ll all be on the mend and things will get back to whatever passes for “normal” these days. In the meantime, as much as we’d like the world to stop for us while we get back to good health, life goes on to prove to us that it will always be an adventure and we need to be ready to deal with whatever it throws our way . . . in sickness or in health.

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