They do. And I think one of the hardest parts of being a chemo/rad patient or a recovering one, as is the case with me, is being around the germ factories that are our kids.
Jackie was sporting a 103 degree fever yesterday. Out of the blue. Swollen neck glands too. She was lethargic and lost her appetite. Not my Jackie at all.
So here's my baby, sick and whiny and droopy. And I'm at war with myself on whether to snuggle her and comfort her as she was feeling puny. Of course, I did. I didn't really hesitate at all. But I don't want to get sick and my immunity registers at the "I suck right now" level.
Luckily, I'm not the fever type. She is though. And this morning, she's saying her nose hurts. I have never heard of such a thing. She's holding a wet paper towel to the outside of her nose. For the life of me, I just don't know what this means. It's almost funny it's so bizarre. Should I wake up Bill? I asked her if it hurts inside and she adamantly tells me no. I'll keep you posted on Jackie's nose.
Her fever is down. Tylenol suck for fever reduction but it's all she can have. We suspect my use of ibuprofen when she was a teeny baby may have caused an intussusception (fold of the intestines). So my arsenal of meds has definitely been reduced.
My kids also do the funky thing of having an alcohol smell to their breath when they are sick. It's ketones or somesuch, as explained by the Doc. A good indicator that they are sick. Like a red flag flailing in front of a bull.
If anyone has any opinions on Jackie's nose, I'm open to help with this. She definitely didn't put anything up there and she did have a runny nose yesterday.
I'm going to enter my plastic bubble now ;)