Have you heard of the norovirus that's sweeping across the United States? The one that leaves just about every member of your family sick for days? Well I'm now very familiar with it...
My brother got sick right as my sisters were both feeling better. Actually, I think that on their first day back to school, my brother had to be picked up early from school because he had gotten sick suddenly. But since my dad's been working a lot and hasn't been around everyone, he has not fallen victim to the virus. And as for me? I have no idea, but I'm just hoping and praying that I don't suddenly get sick.
Friday was absolutely insane because I had gotten home from work at 1:30am (I was training for my new position on the closing procedures). I woke up at 5:15am to find my mom sick, so adrenaline must have kicked in and I was suddenly wide awake to help her. Since my sister gets up for school at 5:30am, I told her to keep an eye on my mom in case she needed anything, and I went back to sleep until 7:00am when I had to get up and get the kids ready for school.
Normally, I get up and I help get my little sisters ready for school as my kind of payment since I don't have to pay rent for living at home. But I help get them ready, as in making breakfast and school lunches, and overseeing the girls when they go to brush their teeth. Friday, I actually had to do everything on my own, from making sure they got dressed quietly in their room (so they wouldn't wake my mom) to doing their hair, and then I had to drive them to school as well. Oh, and let me just say that I don't know how my mom does their hair... all I could muster up was a ponytail for each of the girls; my mom usually has braids and cute little pigtails and all sorts of beautiful hair-dos. I have no clue how she does that.
My mom was out of commission all day Friday, so I had to get a couple hours of sleep and then get up and ready to go pick the girls up from school. I made dinner for everyone that night and made sure everyone got ready for bed when it was time... I was way more involved than I usually am, but I knew that I had to step up while my mom was sick. I just felt bad because I would get angry when the kids weren't listening, and my mom would try to discipline while she was supposed to be sleeping.
You'd think all of the excitement would be over then, but no. After we all went to sleep on Friday night, my sister woke up at 1:30am on Saturday because she was sick. Of course, since we share a room, this meant that I woke up as well. Then once I was awake, I obviously got up to check on her. So then all day yesterday, she was asleep and out of commission as well.
Luckily, everyone was pretty much back to normal today. My mom was still a little under the weather, but she was up and alert all day at least. And I actually got a full night's sleep last night, so that was really good. But boy, this week has been absolutely crazy, and I think I've washed my hands more in the past 48 hours than I have in the past year! I do not want to get sick.
Here's hoping that the virus has left the Krigsman household and we can go back to normal now... it seems that even in Florida we can't escape the seasonal sicknesses that the winter brings.
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