First: All temperatures are based on the Fahrenheit scale.
Now, let's get to it....
About a month ago, it all started... I got sick, low grade fever for a day and a half, then congestion and coughing. I stayed to myself. Or tried to, anyway. There really is only so much "staying to yourself" a mother of four can do, even when the oldest is 18 and the baby is 10...
Since then, we have dealt with on-again/off-again fevers, temperatures as low as 99.0* and as high as 103.5*, upset tummies, sore throats and coughing as it made its rounds around my family. One child after another falling to illness...
Then it came around for a second go at me.
And then it hit Kid One.
More fevers. More congestion, I was hoarse then Friday evening... My voice left.
When Kid One started fevers and sever sore throat over the weekend, she stopped talking because it hurt.
She and I went to the doctor yesterday. I have viral laryngitis. Meaning my voice will come back when it is good and ready to.
Kid One has strep throat and is on antibiotics.
Of course, her having strep adds one more thing to the mix to pass around.
"Just keep it to yourself," I said.
"I'll try," she said.
But the silence....
When your used to having music in the background and now there can't be any background noise because two of us can NOT be heard....
And parenting without a voice is interesting.... I have a whistle I blow when I need their attention.
I also snap, clap and add the occasional stomp if my hands are full.
They do pick on me. Then I remind them of the whistle.
I may have blown it.
As loud as I can.
In the house.
I just hope this leaves soon. I'm ready for the return on my energy. The return of my voice. The return of wellness to my family. The return on cough-free sleeping for me (this would be wonderful and would help considerably with the energy!).
Well, it's going to be a long day. I've been awake since 2 or something because I started coughing.
So I'm going to go be productive....