Sunday, October 04, 2009

Chicken Pox, Flu, Colds and other rotten viruses

With all due respect to the powers-that-be, we've just about reached the end of our patience around here with the whole virus thing.

Granted, we all survived. Bubba recuperated from her chicken pox with no additional complications, the rest of the kids were tested and are as immune as the vaccine can make a person, and Hubby is on anti-viral medicines and shows no sign of succumbing to the Varicella virus (yet).

Alas, though, poor Mom ended up coming down with a nasty flu. Not the deadly H1N1 kind but just bad enough to cause her to sleep for 14 hours a day, waking long enough to dose with high-potency flu remedies, then moan and groan until she fell back to sleep. Not the best case scenario early on, when Mom was the only one we were sure couldn't transmit chicken pox to Hubby, quarantined in his man cave and who needed regular deliveries of food, beverages and clean clothing so he could emerge periodically to dash through the house to his car to go to work.

With a couple of kids complaining of cold symptoms (no fevers, just sore throats and stuffy noses), no housework was accomplished during this past week. Needless to say, things are in chaos around here.

One little, bitty glimmer of silver lining to this massive storm cloud of icky sickness is the completion of another sweater. I think this is number 9 this year.

Meet the Chickenpox Sweater. When Bubba was at her most miserable, I cast on this cheerful little number with only a rough idea of what I wanted to do.

This is my own top-down design, just fiddled and fidged as I went, so there is no pattern, nor is there likely to be one. Since Bubba is outside playing today (catching up on fresh air and friendships after being quarantined for 10 days), she hasn't seen it or tried it on since I finished it. I'm debating between using a tie at the neckline, or buying a fabulous button and making a frog closure for the neckline. So, there are still a little finishing work to do but nothing I can do until I get input from Bubba.

Well, I usually close with something pithy or clever at the end but I'm feeling a little tired and shaky still. Guess I'll just have to go back to bed again. After all, I still have Dancing Diva's Black Hole Ballet Sweater to finish. Gah!


Guinifer said...

I knew SOMEBODY I knew had Chicken Pox in their house! I have to tell you about our ridiculousness! Puck woke up last Sunday with a rash all over his entire trunk and arms. I've had CP so I know what it looks like and I swore that's what it was (and yes he's been vaccinated). Well, we went to the doctor and he took one look at Puck and said, Nooooo, that's Hot Tub Folliculitis. Do you have a hot tub?

Well, we don't, but our neighbors do and evidently Puck's buddy had like ten 13 year olds in the tub the previous weekend, and then it got shut up to bake for a week. The boys got back in last Thursday and, Voila! Gross rash!

livnletlrn said...

Ugh. Here too with the crud. We're mostly better now, but I'm still with the cough at night -- three weeks of it! blech. Feel better, all!

Rani said...

STAY AWAY! ALL OF YOU!! (just kidding) So far, knock on wood, we're all flu/pox free. Must go and take my vitamin C and wash my hands . . .again!

Gorgeous sweater, as usual.

Sheepish Annie said...

Oh, you poor thing! I hate the flu. I don't get it often, but when I do it's brutal. I hope you continue along the road to recovery. Rest up!

You used your time well, though. I love the sweater!

trek said...

Sweater's cute and glad to hear that the family is recuperating!