The good thing about becoming a mother to an infant is that you get to grow into each illness together. Every bug that comes home with your child has about a 90% chance of infecting you as well. You might recall I wrote about the “fun” daycare bugs.
I know what you’re thinking, doesn’t sound like fun to me Liv. Are you crazy?
Stay with me though. Each and every bug that comes home helps to build your child’s immunity which means in the long run, they don’t get as sick as often. And as a result, neither do you.
But, if you suddenly become the parent of an older child, you don’t have that opportunity to grow through the illnesses with the child. Which means you don’t have immunity.
When Hubs and I first got together, we took our time together slow. Although we quickly figured out that our relationship was solid, I wanted proceed carefully with the children. I introduced him into our lives over a couple of months, starting with a visit with his dogs in the park, and building up to a weekend at his house a few hours away. And the very next weekend, I had the car accident. And everything changed. Suddenly, I needed help with everything. I couldn’t get up and down stairs easily. I needed to be driven and transported to and from multiple weekly specialist appointments. I couldn’t drop off or pick up the kids from day care. So, to fill in the blanks, Hubs moved in. Right smack dab in the middle of flu season.
Within about a week of moving in, all four of us got a case of the flu. We’d all had our flu shots, and the kids and I recovered fairly quickly. But poor Hubs hadn’t been exposed to the kid bugs before. I think there were a few days he was pretty sure he wasn’t going to make it through (I would posit it was a “man flu”, but I did feel sorry for him). After a week in bed, he returned to work, but it took a good two or three weeks before he felt like himself again.
Since then of course, Hubs has been building his immunity. And thank goodness we haven’t had another winter like the winter of ’11. But I put most of the credit with our annual flu shot. And today, I wrote about how important it is for you to get your flu shot over on UrbanMommies. Pop over and have a look!
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