French class Monday was fun…lots of fun but a few moments into it I heard a few “sniffs.” My head shot up – Who was it? Where are they ? Stay away from me and my kid! I looked around the room, there were no red noses, no glassy eyes. Someone either just needed to sniff or someone was faking it really good!
I tried fight my impulse to grab Aidan and run. I am sure that would have gone over tres bien. Then when we all took hands to play “Big circle, Little circle” I cringed, desperate for a surgical mask and some antibacterial!
Call me nuerotic , call me a malade imaginaire – I DON’T CARE!
I hate getting a cold. And when Aidan gets one I want to throttle the person who left the house instead of staying home in bed where they belong!!! I have friends and family that don’t seem to be bothered by getting 4-6 colds a year. To me, that is completely unacceptable and I will go to great lengths to avoid it.
I know there are people that love me that are greatly irritated by how adimate I am about this. I will go so far as to not hug a family member that is sick – quelle horreur! It was two years before I would drop Aidan off at a church nursery (and I am seriously considering NOT letting him go this winter) (My poor friend Beth dropped her almost one-year-old off last week for the first time so she could attend a Bible study – sure enough my the next morning the poor little princess was a runny mess! Talk about mad, her phone call the next morning was full of motherly frustration.)
At ten months old I stopped taking Aidan to the pediatrician! Just a waiting room FULL of snotty, cootie infested children! Before you think me irresponsible Aidan did visit his cardiologist when that was required, he visits our Chiropractor at least once a week and he eats more produce in a day than most do in a week. He also, allow-me-to-brag, by the way has only had two other 48-72 hour colds, he has never had the flu and NEVER in all his 27 months had an ear infection!
Back to my rant…Look, I am not trying to be rude, I am trying to keep myself and my family well.
PEOPLE – the common cold in EXTREEMLY contagious! It is RUDE to expose other people, especially THEIR CHILDREN to your germs. You’re not the one who has to listen to them snotting and snorting the night away in their crib only to wake up two days later with your own horribly sore throat and snot dripping down the back of your throat!
Yes, that is right. Monday was French class and by Tuesday night Aidan was sneezing up a storm and now it’s Friday and I have just canceled my appointment with my Midwife for today – heaven forbid I expose her to this cold. She has babies to deliver this weekend!
So I am pissed, I prayed some serious prayers over Aidan Wednesday night as it had become very clear that his was not allergies that I had hoped for. He slept through the night last night and has only asked me to wipe his nose thrice this morning. He has been on an intense round of chewable vitamin C, liquid Echinacia, raw garlic, water, fresh air and absolutley no dairy products. Now, I am following suit (Joel too, as he woke up feeling the same way). I WILL NOT be leaving the house today but I am very thankeful that Aidan got it first. I hate being the one who doesnt feel well knowing the odds are I am going to pass it to my son.
So, here is the thing. IF you are sick – please stay home. It does not just apply to airplanes. Don’t drop your kids off at Sunday School, don’t think that just because you don’t have a fever you’re OK, don’t come to my house, don’t kiss my kid…I am sure your getting the picture. I only wish I could insert this blog into the church bulletin!
Be irritated with me. Think me rude. I don’t care – I am the one sitting here wiping Aidan’s nose and keeping my own snot off the mouse!