Vomiting bugs: why I’m buying shares in disinfectant
Just recently a vomiting bug swept through my children’s school before rampaging across my family.
It wheezled its way in via my eldest daughter, most of whose class were laid low. It then attacked my little boy two nights in a row, caught my middle daughter, returned to my eldest, laid off my kids’ childcarer, and finally had its wicked way with me on one miserable, confined-to-bed weekend. Oh, and then there it was again, with my middle one.
I fought back. I sterilised door handles, banisters, Playmobil, books and a whole tub of Lego. (It’s amazing how long it takes to clean Lego. One. Brick. At. A. Time.)
I did so many loads of washing that I lost count.
In desperation, I paid to have the carpets cleaned, thinking that the bug must be living in the fibres, multiplying lustily.
But the bug hadn’t finished its fiendish masterplan. Once the vomiting had subsided, it lingered on for days in each of us, unsettling stomachs and diminishing energy levels. So much so that we then came down with a horrible cold the week after.
But there is a positive to all this. Finally (*sighing wearily*) I think the children now ‘get’ why I bang on about washing their hands with soap after going to the loo and before meals: they have seen some very valid reasons for themselves.
I’m no longer considered ‘naggy’ or ‘annoying’. Just offering a helpful, timely reminder service.
The next step: to buy shares in household disinfectant. I can’t be the only parent stockpiling the ultimate weaponry in our bug-fighting arsenal.
Yep, huge money-spinner here, I say, rubbing my red-raw, sore, over-washed hands in anticipation. Can’t wait.
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