Menifee Mom: Hanging Tough When the Flu Bug Bites

By Michelle Walsh

It happens every year, and every year it is just as horrible.

Cold and flu season.

Having three children, two who are school age, means germs -- lots and lots of germs. Every year we get hit, and this year is no exception. Two weeks ago, we became victims of a very yucky virus. One by one it took us down, with only a day or two in between.

I spent these last two weeks locked up in my house with three very sick kids. I washed every towel and linen in the entire house, twice. I’ve used a disinfectant cleaner on every doorknob and light switch and everywhere in between that I imagined little hands could go.

I’ve emptied several cans of Lysol in hopes that I could conquer the nasty bug that entered our house. I spent several nights holding back hair, rubbing backs and tummies, taking temps, and even pulled an all-nighter in the ER. And at the very end of all that extra TLC and special treatment, I am rewarded with my very own round of “The Yucky Virus”. Lucky me.

We take all the precautions: Regular hand washing, daily vitamins and immune boosters. We even got the flu shot this year. It seems even with all the above, it’s just a part of our winter -- a part I could really live without.

I know I’m not alone. I know that many of you have had your bout with the "yucky virus" or are going through it right now. It’s just part of life, taking the bad with the good. We do our best, try our hardest to make things perfect, but still bad times come. Luckily, they don’t last forever and each round we learn, grow and get stronger.

I try to keep my eye on the rainbow that comes after the storm. I welcome the non-stop talking and energy that comes back after several days of silence and lethargy. I am encouraged about the many snacks and meals that I am once again summoned to make.

And most of all, I am excited to get back to the adventures which we love to fill our days with.

Michelle Walsh is a Menifee resident, a wife and mother of three young girls. She is a former teacher who enjoys running, exercise, sewing, gardening and socializing. Each week, she shares her experiences as a Menifee mom. Michelle welcomes your comments here.


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