“We’re baby-free!” I cried out as my hubby and I headed to the beach to celebrate our anniversary. It was our first child-less weekend. The second day into it, I get the dreaded call. Our 13 month old girls have RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). Happy anniversary dear.
Have you ever experienced 42 pounds of babies fighting for dominion over your lap? I’m a small-framed gal, there’s not much room to fight over. Welcome to battle zone of RSV with twins. We were enveloped with breathing treatments every 4 hours, coughing fits in the middle of the night, midnight vomits that prompt changing and sanitizing the crib, and little ones who cling to Mommy’s legs because they don’t feel well.
RSV lasts 7 to 10 days, wow! I thought I was going to have a restful trip at the beach, NOT this. Oh well, here’s to the joys of parenting. It’s worth it all, ’cause we love ’em.
The media has been swimming in reports of how terrible our flu season is this year, and RSV is just as contagious. Yea, we got the flu shot, and they even received the RSV vaccine when they were preemies. (Obviously the vaccine doesn’t last over a year.) Our little ones may have caught the bug in the church nursery or at our local library story time. But, it was more likely caught during their yearly doctor’s visit when they spent time waiting around in the germ-ridden clinic.
So, what’s a momma to do in the midst of a huge flu epidemic? What do you do? Did you give your kids the flu shot? Do keep your kids at home? Or, do you continue with your routine like normal?