Hand, foot and mouth disease is THE WORST virus we have encountered so far. Avery came down with it a week ago and her nearly full body blisters are finally scabbing over and healing. She still has a cough to the point where she just threw up all over her bed when she was desperate for a nap, and she still has snot for days to the point where she had a bloody nose yesterday from the irritation.
I came down with it Sunday. I had intense pain all over my body, a migraine, and a high fever. My throat was so sore I couldn’t eat, and had to force myself to sip water. Yesterday I got the sores. Let me just say, this should technically be called hand, foot, mouth and genital disease. Guess where all I have these nasty, painful blisters. I’ve been on a liquid diet for 3 days now because of the sores in my mouth and throat and I have no energy.
But I can’t let that stop me, because my wife came down with it last night. She’s in bed right now sleeping off the fever. I can’t afford to be this sick or this exhausted with a sick kid, but that’s parenting for you.
It’s HORRIBLE to get something like this after your kid has had it and to know what it felt like for them. My heart breaks for Avery. But thankfully she’s eating better again now, and there’s only a couple of sores left that are still open. The rest are scabs that we just have to keep her from picking.
I am in full regret mode that we ever sent Avery to daycare. It has taken so much away from what could have been an amazing second year of Avery’s life. So many awesome developments have happened with her, but any joy we’ve found has been squeezed into the few days we’ve been healthy in between illnesses. Not to mention the fact that I spent a large percentage of the work days that daycare has afforded me out of commission from some virus.
I’m just angry at life right now, but I know it could be worse. Viruses are temporary. Eventually – although I find this hard to believe even as I write it – we will all be healthy again. Maybe we’ll have a healthy summer and we’ll be able to go to parks, interact with other people and kids, and be free from the sometimes crippling effects of viruses. Maybe.