This cold and flu season has been really rough. Maybe it’s because the flu vaccine wasn’t as effective as people hoped it would be. Maybe it’s because the weather was warmer than normal and germs were able to survive on surfaces longer. Or maybe it’s because I have a toddler in daycare who is a germ factory and loves to share his bugs with me.
I’m on virus #6 (at least) this season. My son is on virus #542. My husband – who I saw get sick maybe twice in the six years I knew him before we had our son – has been sick three times this cold/flu season. It’s been a rough few months.
After we put our son in daycare at age 3 months, everyone told my husband and me that the first two years would be the worst. The whole family would be sick all the time. And man, were people right! But this year has been horrible. It’s been one cold after another. I think we’ve gone through two Costco packages of Kleenex in the last 4 months (yes, anyone who has stock in the company can thank us for awesome sales this year). We all got the flu during Christmas and New Years. As soon as one of us stops having a runny nose, someone else starts.
You’d think that we never wash our hands, but we do. All. The. Time. I carry hand sanitizer and use it regularly. We try to avoid touching our face. We try to avoid touching door knobs with bare hands. We eat healthily. We get outside a lot. We try everything.
But, we love our son, and regularly kiss/hug/wrestle with him. And he, while he’s learned to wash his hands and uses sanitizer regularly at daycare, is still a toddler and puts everything in his mouth. Plus, he’s at a daycare that also has school-aged kids, so he gets exposed to EVERYTHING.
And he loves us so much that he feels the need to share his germs with us.
I know it won’t be like this forever. And I know my son will have a great immune system by the time he enters school.
And I know my family isn’t the only one that’s had a rough ride this cold/flu season. So, can we all agree it’s time for spring and summer to fully arrive?
And next cold/flu season, I’m going to live in a bubble.
Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.
I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.
When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.