If I don’t post a quick note now, I won’t get back to the computer today.
My house is filled with germs. Moose vomited in his bed last night. Instead of waking me, he just changed his pajamas and went back to bed. Sweet, smelly boy. Never mind, though, I woke up at 4:00A and didn’t go back to sleep until almost 6:00A. Wild Thing woke me around 7:00 to tell me about Moose. Wizard still has a bad sinus infection. Wild Thing is complaining about his ears.
WineGuy called from the hospital to say that he still expects to be released today. His white blood count is normal, but his kidney function is worse. They think that the source of the bacterial infection is in the kidneys.
The bug is Haemophilus influenza B (pictured), usually found in children under the age of 6. (Thank you, Moose.) HIB can cause ear infections, upper respiratory infections, and pneumonia, amongst other things. It spreads by droplet through coughs and sneezing. Let’s see, Moose has been coughing all over everyone and everything and has had a runny nose. WT had a cold and was coughing all over everyone. WineGuy had been sneezing all over everything, too, when he had a cold recently. Eeny, meeny, miney, moe, catch a snotface by the nose. Sometimes HIB can cause meningitis or sepsis (bloodstream infection).
Here is a list of childrens’ symptoms I found online. For my own benefit, I note who has had what.
- unusual irritability – Moose, Wizard
- difficulty sleeping or staying asleep – Moose, Wizard
- tugging or pulling at one or both ears – Wizard, Wild Thing
- fever – Moose
- hearing difficulties – Wizard, but they all have “selective hearing” 😉
- ear pain – Wizard, Wild Thing
- nausea and vomiting – Moose
- diarrhea – Moose
- decreased appetite – Moose, Wizard
- congestion – Moose, Wild Thing, Wizard
- runny nose or cold symptoms that last longer than 10 days – Moose
- nighttime cough – Moose, Wild Thing
- occasional daytime cough – Moose, Wild Thing
- swelling around the eyes – Moose has “shiners”
- complaints of drip in his/her throat from his/her nose – Moose
- headaches – Wizard, Wild Thing
- facial discomfort – Wizard
- bad breath – Moose, Wild Thing
- cough – Moose, Wild Thing
- fever – Moose
- sore throat – Wizard, Moose
- child keeps his or her mouth open – Moose, Wild Thing
WineGuy displayed many of these symptoms, too. Who knows how long this has been lingering around our house.
If I could spray Lysol over everything animal, vegetable, or mineral in this house AND if I could Clorox the rest, then maybe we’d be rid of the germs. I sure as hell better not get sick, because I can’t afford to be sick.
Pass me the orange juice and the vitamin C tablets.