I am not nostalgic for 2020 but sometimes I do miss the fact that none of our family got so much as a cold for months on end. Even with a child who started kindergarten that autumn. We have not been so fortunate this time around. (Huh. Looks like wearing masks and washing your hands made a difference.) It’s October 21st and I feel like I’ve missed most of the month. All four of us were laid flat with a vicious cold and we’re just beginning to feel better.
We finished out September with celebrating Rose’s birthday and thankfully were all healthy then to visit my brother and his family in Vancouver. His youngest daughter’s birthday is exactly one week (and seven years) before Rose’s so we got to celebrate them together.
The weather has continued to be warm and sunny here – which is very strange because that’s not at all normal for our part of the world, commonly nicknamed the “Wet Coast” or the “Raincoast”. We’re in a pretty severe drought and this week a State of Local Emergency was announced. The most direct way this effects us is that our local pool is shut down and the girls’ swim lessons postponed.
We’ve been trying to enjoy the sunshine but it does feel strange to do so when we’re so desperate for rain.
A week and a bit after Rose’s birthday we celebrated Peter’s birthday and then Thanksgiving. Rose started feeling unwell so we had a quiet holiday though were able to enjoy a meal with Peter’s parents and one of his brothers. By Tuesday both girls were sick and then we all went down hard.
I think being sick sucks no matter what and I don’t believe that it’s necessarily worse for parents. But being super sick and in pain while having two small children who are also sick and uncomfortable is still really, really hard. I’m prone to ear infections and had a bad one this time. The girls had coughs, runny noses, sore ears, sore throats…it was rough. It’s hard to get good rest and none of us were sleeping through the night. The fact that Canada is currently experiencing a shortage in children’s pain and flu medication also didn’t help.
That said, I am really thankful for: a husband who helped prioritize my rest, helpful pharmacists who gave us remedies and medicine, my in-laws who gave me a quiet room to nap for a whole day and helped with school pick-ups and drop-offs once the girls went back to school and I was still feeling rough, friends who brought us dinner.
Here is a picture of the girls using one of our helpful home remedies, steam from bowls of hot water:
This week the girls have been able to go back to school and today is a pro-d day so their short week was made shorter anyway. We’re definitely not at 100% yet (I don’t have my full hearing back and we’re all coughing a lot at night still) but it does feel like we’re on the upswing.
And there is rain in the forecast this weekend!