First off, I want to apologize to Crystal for sort of hijacking her "Great Day" thread last night. She asked how everybody else's day was going and I guess I took the opportunity to unload.
The flu season has been neverending here this year. Usually, when the winters are harsh enough, we go through a spurt of the flu season in the months of December and January and sometimes into the first part of February. Well, we had such a mild winter this year so more people have been sick. That's the way it happens all the time. The colder the year, the better ~ because viruses get killed off that way.
My daughter came down with the flu about 4 weeks ago and it lasted for 5 days. After about 3 days of everybody being well my husband and I both came down with the flu on the same day. Luckily, for us, it was a 24-hour bug and we were both fine the next day.
Then my son got the flu about a week and a half after that, and my grandfather passed away during this time. He had been ill for quite some time. He had countless strokes and was basically paralyzed since the middle of December with inability to talk, swallow or even open his eyes so his passing was a blessing.
My son was sick with the flu for only 2 days and everybody seemed well again for approximately another week. THEN, my daughter was struck with what was probably another strain of the flu, had it for about 4 or 5 days again, and as of last night my son started puking for the second time in a month.
I was so absolutely paranoid last night after my son started getting sick again that, after we put the kids to bed, my husband and I washed every single dish and spoon that the kids use, boiled all their pacifiers and washed every toy that they have. Three hours later, when all that was done, I sprayed Lysol all over the living room, where the kids hang out most of the day. I haven't sprayed their room yet because I've been so busy watching them and washing up "flu laundry" that I just haven't gotten in there. Not only that, I have to spray it at a time when I know they won't be in there for a few more hours, so as to give the spray time to dry so it doesn't hurt the kids.
I don't know what else I can do to try and eliminate the germ factor in the house. With the kids being twins, and only 1 year old, they play together all the time, end up chewing on the same toys and pacifiers and it seems almost impossible to get a handle on things. Also, I can't sit and stare at them constantly to make sure that toys and pacifiers don't swap mouths. There're so many other things that need to be done around here so when the kids are content to just play amongst themselves I'm off doing other household chores.
If anybody else has gone through something like this with two or more small youngsters in the house and has any advice it would be greatly appreciated. I don't know how much more of this I can take before I go crazy. My husband is flying out of town on Sunday afternoon for a 3-day business trip and I pray that he doesn't get sick again while he's gone, or before he's supposed to leave. OMG! When will this end?