Last week the black plague hit our house.
Or maybe we should call it the green plague? Let's just say there was a lot of vomit.
It started with June. Sweet, innocent harmless June. Saturday night/ Sunday morning around midnight she burst forth with a mighty cry from her crib. She doesn't wake up too much in the night, and when she does it's usually around the 4-6 am time. Midnight was truly rare for her to be stirring. I let her cry for a minute, hoping she would just self soothe. After a few minutes, I gave up on getting her to go to sleep and went to soothe her.
The smell hit me first. All I had to do was crack her door just the slightest and my nose let me know that something was seriously off. June was up, holding on to the crib railings, vomit all down her jammies and on her face. I felt absolutely horrible and then and there I committed myself to getting a video baby monitor. It's one of those things that I keep saying I don't really "need", but by golly, I'm getting one now. No person, big or small, should ever have to stand there helplessly in their own vomit! (Also, in the next couple of weeks I am going to write a post on stuff you NEED for baby, stuff I got that I wish I hadn't, and stuff I didn't get that I wish I did. It's gonna be a party, so you know, stick around.)
June went immediately in the tub and with clean jammies and a clean body I pulled her into bed with me. It wasn't 20 minutes later that she had thrown up again and soiled her new jammies + my sheets. IT WAS A NIGHTMARE. I took off our sheets and laid a gross, old sheet on the mattress. That is what we all slept on the rest of the night. June was up every half hour or so, crying and throwing up while I held her and soothed her back to sleep. AWESOME MOM AWARD, RIGHT? Little did I know I would pay for that later.
June still wasn't well the next day, and we all spent the day cooped up in our home. Monday she seemed on the road to recovery and I thought the plague had left us. Twas not so! Tuesday morning I was up early with the same symptoms- nausea, vomitting, di--- well you know. It was horrible and I could barely crawl from my bed to the bathroom to the bed. Greg kept his distance from me. He was the only well one in the family. He was keeping the laundry going, the fridge stocked, the jewelry shipped. Greg could not sick!
Greg got sick. He fell on Friday. And when Greg falls, Greg falls. My husband does everything in his life with passion, and being sick is no exception. He got it the worst out of all of us, vomiting every 10-15 minutes for five straight hours. There was lots of painful cries, lots of insisting that he was in fact dying, and when he FINALLY fell asleep six hours later we all breathed a sigh of relief. Would our house ever be well again?
Well, here we are, Monday night a week later and I am happy to say the answer is yes. Yes. We fell like dominoes, but we are all three healthy and back to our normal state. I guess I should be happy that it happened before Thanksgiving week? The plague has made its way through our house and now we are safe to travel! (I haven't been to school in over a week. Do I even know how to teach anymore?)
THE REASON I tell you this is because winter. Winter is coming. And so are the germs. And the viruses. And whatever else it is that makes someone go to the bathroom every 15 minutes for five straight hours. We must protect ourselves from the sicknesses! Around these parts we have totally recommitted ourselves to washing our hands
I've also recently decorated our house with Kleenex. I may not be an interior design genius, but I'm pretty impressed with Kleenex's winter collection- they just look like cute little Christmas decorations around my house. But they're not! They're Kleenex! I went to Sam's Club and loaded up with an 11 pack because WE ARE NOT GETTING SICK AGAIN. Now there is always Kleenex tissue close at hand to cough into, sneeze into, blow your nose, etc.
This season Kleenex has a couple of choices for all of us "I-refuse-to-get-sick-again". I got the winter pack which comes with the three decorative Kleenex canisters as well as eight lotion Kleenex boxes. Lotion Kleenex, you ask!? Yep. The Kleenex® Lotion facial tissues are three ply (for thickness and absorbency) and have Aloe Vera and Vitamin E in them so that your skin doesn't get all banged up from blowing your nose so much. They are made especially for sensitive skin or for those of us who are just constantly using tissues.
Also, I didn't get the Kleenex® Anti-Viral* facial tissues because I couldn't resist the cute winter designs, but those are definitely my next Kleenex purchase. The Anti-Viral tissues have three soft layers, including a moisture-activated middle layer that kills 99.9% of cold and flu viruses. How cool is that?
I always like to think of a cute gift to give neighbors, co-workers, etc for Christmas. Well, you better believe I've got my gift now. 1 box Kleenex® Anti-Viral* facial tissues + 1 jug of hand sanitizer. Teachers need to fight off that sickness, you know. I'm not really giving them something so much as NOT giving them something... not giving them sickness!
And really, what more could anyone want? #bestgiftgiver
You can find your own giant package of Kleenex at your nearby Sam's Club. If you don't have a membership then you need to get one! Or, if you want to try it once or twice before you commit you can always do a 1 day pass when you go into the store. You can buy anything you want, they just add 10% to your total while you're on your test run. Head on over there and grab your own Kleenex Winter Pack to share with your office, street, co-workers etc. #SpreadKleenexCare so no one has to endure the horrible sickness that my family just went through.
Now it's time for me to pack and clean house because we're headed to Arizona tomorrow for the holidays. Thanks so much for supporting the companies that support my blog. Everytime you click one of the links in this post my family receives a small compensation. We appreciate your support so much.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving everybody!