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Friday Rant – share the love, not the lurgy


This week, the Cheetah Keeper’s sister and I have been poorly – we have had either Winter Vomiting Bug, or a close relation of it.  For those of you yet to experience the joys of this virus that travels at the speed of light amongst nurseries, pre-schools, schools and wherever else it gets to, it does exactly what it says on the tin.  I do not feel I have to elaborate further.

In our house viruses have a tendency to hit us all harder than ‘normal’ people – ie those without Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and a system that goes into complete overdrive at the first sign of infection.  It’s not a mega big deal (we’re not immuno-suppressed or anything like that and there’s plenty of people out there for whom it is a much bigger problem) but it’s hard for us to shift the blighters and it makes us fatigue faster.  With fatigue can come muscle wastage which then means it takes longer to get better…  Viruses and bacterial infections are horrid for everyone but when they exacerbate an existing condition it adds to the unpleasantness.

This week I am the Piano Lady for the school nativity plays.  The Cheetah Keeper is a camel in the Foundation Stage one (that’s nursery and Reception in old money) and his sister is a dancing star in the Key Stage 1 (that’s middle and top infants) performance.  I am the pianist – knocking out 14 songs for them to angelically sing along to whilst their parents look on with pride – and I make sure that someone helps the Cheetah Keeper down the steps from the stage.

However, the bug has meant that I’ve had to miss rehearsals whilst I adhere to the school rule of not throwing up for 24 hours before you set foot in the place again.  Some schools have a 48 hour rule – it helps control the spread of infection.  The entire teaching staff have had to juggle their rehearsing because of me.

Today was allowed back in – having been quizzed as to whether I was well enough to be.  As I was playing Away In A Manger the Head brought through some prospective parents on a tour of the school – awww, how cute.  One said hello – a friend of a friend.  We left the building at the same time and I asked her what she’d thought of the tour.  “Oh, very good but we were all sick last night and I couldn’t cope with it any more… so we’re going home for five minutes before we got to music…”  We ascertained that sick meant ‘sick’, the point of infection (probably the same as ours) and that it had been ravaging their household for 2 days.  But they didn’t feel ‘too bad’ so had come out.

And there, in my head began a rant (which I didn’t have the nerve to say!).  You know that you’ve got a fairly unpleasant bug and yet you’ve still come into a school, preparing hard for Christmas, with an infection that can wipe out a class in a couple of days – let alone the teachers.  With no idea of family situations at home (sick/elderly relatives, newborns, to suggest a few) you make a decision to drag yourself and your sick baby and toddler into this environment, before going home to catch your breath and going to toddler music – with shared instruments, things in mouths and all the joys that being small brings.  Nobody is going to relish turning up for music class and coming home with a sickness bug – really they’re not.  And if you’re pregnant, or have a newborn, or a little refluxer, or child on antibiotics or, or, or…. you’ll be even less grateful.

Selfish, irresponsible and plain thoughtless.  I’ve sat through the days of ‘house arrest’ with 2 children being ill – chicken pox, scarlet fever, other sick bugs.  It’s not pleasant by any means but it’s the right thing to do.  Don’t share the bugs – you don’t know what they might do to the next person.

So in the interests of the seasonal festivities fast approaching if you or your child succumbs to a winter nasty bug, please stay at home until you’re better.  At least 24 hours after your last attack of diarrhoea or vomiting.  That way we all stand a better chance of having a happy, healthy Christmas.



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Author: Jenny

Life, photos and recipes mixed with family life, additional medical needs and a whole load of imaginary friends

8 thoughts on “Friday Rant – share the love, not the lurgy

  1. Wow! Interesting post. I have a baby with asthma who catches anything around and gets it straight in her lungs! I am fighting a cold myself and I am completely aware that she might catch it. Some would say, it’s life, right? But I agree with you when it comes to schools and nurseries, there are simply too many people who are vulnerable to catch it, so it would be wise to stay away.

    • I’m certainly not saying that the first sign of a sniffle/cough/cold is a reason to spend time away from school/nursery. Our school policy is to dose them up and send them in which I completely agree with. It’s a good work ethic – although for those more vulnerable it’s a call you have to make on a case by case basis. With the D&V bugs staying away is essential.

  2. Totally agree your sentiments re not spreading infection – people can be so thoughtless sometimes. Lovely blog, Jenny x

  3. Hope you’re all feeling better. I had that bug a few years ago when I was working at the NHS and picked up everything possible. Pretty miserable stuff xxx

  4. I have to admit that I always used to struggle into work even when feeling quite badly ill (I was always worried they wouldn’t believe me otherwise). Since having children though, I’ve realised that it’s not worth the risk of spreading illness around the office and then for colleagues to spread it at home etc.
    We, as a family, have been suffering with winter colds lately and I’ve kept Sophia out of Pre-School until I’ve been sure she’s no longer contageous. Better safe than sorry is what I say now x

    • I still battle on in most cases (self-employeditis!) but with a colleague in the office with immune problems I try to work from home if necessary. Now the children are in school I stick with school policy – they both want to be at school (long may it continue!) so unless they’re proper poorly they go in. School will always call if they deteriorate (we have strict protocols for the Cheetah Keeper anyway) – but when they were still pre-schoolers, if a sofa day was in order, a sofa day we had!

  5. Completely agree with you. Cannot even understand why, after only starting to get over a vomiting bug, anyone would want to go out and about?

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