Do you remember this sweet face?
This precious darling is our family “patient zero.” It’s been years and years since I’ve succumbed to a flu virus, but thanks to a three and four-year old preschool epidemic, a nasty flu bug invaded and has wiped us out–one by one.
Karina brought it home and shared it with her sister…then daddy… then mommy. When the bug hit mommy we knew this was a different strain of something unpleasant!
Many years of working in emergency nursing have more or less inoculated her against flu bugs. She never gets sick–Anthony affectionately refers to her as his “cockroach.” She seems to be perennially immune.
But not this time!
And Friday night, a week from when this bug first bit, down went Nan. And now all eyes are on Papa–the only one who claims that Vitamin C protects against anything and everything. He is certain that he’ll beat the odds–here’s hoping!
Thanks to Facebook I’ve learned that my neighbors have had it, other friends and friends of friends and so on and so on…it’s getting around.
Reading the posts and tracking the illness among close friends made me think of a recent article I’d read about an app in development. Its purpose, as stated by developers, is to promote prevention and slow the spread of influenza through social media. The app would allow users who are sick to find and tag the person who got you sick! Yikes!
It is still in development and looking for funding, but I can’t imagine turning in my darling Karina to a “Patient Zero” database.
It’s bad enough that her grandmother pointed a finger at her on a personal blog!
Stay well, my friends. And maybe double up on your Vitamin C. Jay IS the last man standing–for now!